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).


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). Thierry has been running TDE (Preliminary Stable Builds) in MX-21 (since 09/2022).

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

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

Available versions and architectures

R14.1.x series

MX-21 (with PSB)

Install MY from Live USB with Xfce. Update. Create a file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d (name is free, for example tde.list ) containing the two lines you find in the PSB install page. Install the key. Install from command line. Reboot and choose TDE. Note than TDM seems not to install by default, but you can add it manually (e.g. by using Synaptic). Some MX-Tools seem to expect (or require) lightdm.

R14.0.x series

MX-19 Automagically (mostly)

We have an installation file for MX Linux 19.


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 . Then copy it into /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist . Assuming you've saved it in your ~/Downloads folder:

cd ~/Downloads
sudo cp /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist/
(Optional) To verify:
ls -al --color=always /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist/
Output should be similar to this:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4489 Jul 26 21:24 /usr/share/mx-packageinstaller-pkglist/

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 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:

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-21 - Use debian bullseye packages
  • 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-21:

root@local [/etc/apt/sources.list.d]# cat tde.list

## Trinity Desktop Environment - TDE R14.1.x
# stable
#deb bullseye main
#deb bullseye>
#deb-src bullseye main
#deb-src bull>
# Preliminary stable
deb bullseye deps-r14 main->
deb-src bullseye deps-r14 m>

# if you need the key
# wget
# sudo dpkg -i trinity-keyring.deb

Example MX-18:

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

## Trinity Desktop Environment - TDE R14.0.x
deb stretch main
deb stretch main
deb-src stretch main
deb-src stretch main


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