MX Linux Trinity Repository Installation Instructions

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On this page you can read the instructions to install Trinity Desktop Environment on your MX Linux system.


MX Linux Summary

MX Linux uses a combination of official Debian stable and antiX repositories in addition to their own repositories for keeping components current. MX Linux releases once per year and its versions are named based upon the year (MX-18 was released December 20, 2018).


Systemd is included by default but not enabled. No official support will be provided for users who choose to run MX Linux using systemd (see MX Users Manual for additional information).


Links:
https://mxlinux.org/
https://mxlinux.org/manuals
https://forum.mxlinux.org/


Warnings / Notes

There are no official TDE packages available for MX Linux. Per MX Linux forums, TDE has been installed sporadically on MX Linux back to ~2015. Michael has been running TDE in MX-18 (since 01/19) and MX-19 (since 07/20).

MX Linux uses a sources list directory system not a singular /etc/apt/sources.list file. If you are adding TDE manually create a separate file containing the TDE repositories and place it in the directory /etc/apt/sources.list.d .

# ll /etc/apt/sources.list.d/trinitydesktop.org.list
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 427 Jul 26 21:29 /etc/apt/sources.list.d/trinitydesktop.org.list
 

You can install TDE in your computer in one of the following ways.

Available versions and architectures

R14.0.x series

MX-19 Automagically (mostly)

We have an installation file for MX Linux 19.

Requirements:

You will need to have installed MX Linux from the MX Live USB, or any other method that results in a full MX install that includes installing a Xfce desktop.

Note!: Prior to installing TDE, do a full update (and reboot if /boot was modified).

 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  

To Install:

Save the file Media:Tde.xml (Save Link As...) to your computer and rename it to tde.pm . Then copy it into /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist . Assuming you've saved it in your ~/Downloads folder:

 
cd ~/Downloads
sudo cp tde.pm /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist/
  
ls -al --color=always /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist/tde.pm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4489 Jul 26 21:24 /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist/tde.pm

Then from the Xfce desktop

Menu >> MX Tools >> MX Package Installer
{Tab} Popular Applications
{Expand} Desktop Environments
{Check} Trinity Desktop Environment
{Click} Install
  • Reboot if /boot was modified during the TDE install process
  • Logout of Xfce4
  • Login

tde.pm does:

  • Adds extra code to handle sudo interactive needs.
  • Adds wrappers to handle debconf, pkexec, and update-grub.
  • Sets the default x-session-manager to trinity-desktop.

A somewhat long winded discussion can be found at: https://forum.mxlinux.org/viewtopic.php?f=100&t=60417

Manually (all versions)

Use official TDE packages for Debian. Modify the instructions available at this page with the below and use the corresponding Debian version as noted here.

  • MX-19 - Use debian buster packages
  • MX-18 - Use debian stretch packages
  • MX-17 - Use debian stretch packages

Add the package manager lines as shown on the Configure the package manager section to a file and place it in the directory /etc/apt/sources.list.d

Example MX-18:

root@local [/etc/apt/sources.list.d]# cat trinity-desktop-environment.list

## Trinity Desktop Environment - TDE R14.0.x
deb http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/deb/trinity-r14.0.x stretch main
deb http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/deb/trinity-builddeps-r14.0.x stretch main
deb-src http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/deb/trinity-r14.0.x stretch main
deb-src http://mirror.ppa.trinitydesktop.org/trinity/deb/trinity-builddeps-r14.0.x stretch main

v3.5.x

There is no support for this TDE version in MX Linux.