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Ubuntu Guide (x64)

This Installation Guide will allow you to install the MaXXdesktop on an Ubuntu Linux Distribution from version 18.04 LTS and above.

We cannot confirm if it works 100% for all derivatives of Ubuntu, 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

$ sudo -s
apt update
apt install cpp libxaw7 libjpeg62 libgtk2.0-0 x11-apps freeglut3
apt install pavucontrol   <-- Audio control panel in MaXX Desktop

// Older xfonts required as a backward compatibility safety net
apt install xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi 

// Mandatory Fonts for Modern Look
apt install fonts-dejavu fonts-noto

// Additional Fonts for Japanese support
apt install fonts-noto-cjk fonts-noto-cjk-extra fonts-noto-cjk

// Terminal Info libs for Ubuntu 18.04
apt install libtinfo5

// Terminal Info libs for Ubuntu 20+
apt install libtinfo5 libtinfo6 




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

You will need  superuser 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
$ sudo -s


Post Installation - 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 account 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!