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Manjaro/Arch Linux - Guide (x64)

This Installation Guide will allow you to install the MaXXdesktop on a Manjaro Arch Linux Distribution from version 20 and above.

We cannot confirm if it works 100% for all derivatives of Arch Linux, but it should.

Release Notes for Indigo MAX IMPACT  v2.1.1

Backup Older MaXXdesktop Installation

To guaranty a successful installation or upgrade, you must backup your current MaXXdesktop installation.  Follow the simple instructions below.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to backup your older MaXXdesktop installation outside a running MaXXdesktop session.  Ideally from the text console or from another desktop session like GNOME or KDE.

1. Backup you current MaXXdesktop Installation

$ sudo -s
cd /opt
mv MaXX MaXX-old

2. Run the following commands (AS ROOT) to remove deprecated files from older version 2.0 of MaXXdesktop.

This step is optional in case you modified or installed old MaXX GTK Themes. At this point you probably know what your are doing...

$ sudo -s
rm /usr/share/themes/IndigoMagic
rm /usr/share/themes/Rio
rm /usr/share/themes/Gotham
rm /usr/share/themes/MaXX*



Below are the prerequisites for installing and running MaXXdesktop and some older X11/Motif applications...

Storage Space Requirements

120MB   in  /tmp  partition (something it is part of the / 'root' partition)
500MB   in  /opt  partition (something it is part of the / 'root' partition)

Software Package Requirements

1. Here is the step required to install libjpeg6 missing dependency

Before logging into MID for the first time, ensure libjpeg6 is installed. It can be found in the Arch repositories as

sudo pacman -S libjpeg6
// reference to libjepg6-turbo

2. Here is the step required to install libtinfo from ncurses library missing dependency

libtinfo is an ncurses library which is included in most Linux distributions as part of most ncurses packages.

However in Arch it is not included with ncurses, but you can easily install it from the Arch User Repository (AUR) via the ncurses compatibility library: ncurses5-compat-libs

sudo pamac install ncurses5-compat-libs

// reference to ncurses5-compat-libs (edited) 
// AUR (en) - ncurses5-compat-libs
// System V Release 4.0 curses emulation library, ABI 5

3. Mandatory Fonts for Modern Look fonts are required to run MaXXdesktop 2.1.1. Make sure they are present before you login.

$ sudo pacman -S  ttf-dejavu noto-fonts noto-fonts-extra


Now let's install the MaXX Interactive Desktop onto your system.  Follow the simple instructions to download and run the installer.

You will need  root access to run some of the commands...

1. Download and Install MaXX Interactive Desktop - Indigo MAX IMPACT v2.1.1

$ cd /tmp
$ wget
$ chmod a+x
$ su

separator-blue-line.pngPost Installation

export XDG_DATA_DIRS=$HOME/.maxxdesktop:$XDG_DATA_DIRS


Upgrade User Preferences

This step is ONLY for MaXX Desktop users of v.2.1 whom are required to upgrade their User Preferences.

1. Run the following commands (UNDER YOUR NORMAL USER) to upgrade your MaXXdesktop User Preferences.

$ cd $HOME
$ /opt/MaXX/share/misc/HOME/


Almost Done

Log out or simply restart your computer to allow GDM to take into consideration the new addition.

Once your system is rebooted, you can now choose MaXX Interactive Desktop  from  GDM's available session menu.

To customize your environment, refer to this book.

Congratulation and Welcome to MaXXdesktop!