smxi - A cool wee tool

Last update on Sept. 20, 2013.

smxi - A cool wee tool

smxi is a command line tool that does many cool things for your debian installation.

smxi website:

Originally smxi was a tweaking slash maintenance script for debian systems, particularly for followers of testing and unstable. Although not officially approved by Debian themselves, it has grown into much more than a script. smxi is a high quality tool for helping out where Debian can't, or won't. And it's got one of the coolest websites, even the site hostname is genius. You'd know if you had to download the script, but you don't because Kwheezy has already done that for. 

Main Features:

  • Install the "liquorix" kernel. The liquorix kernel is an alternative kernel that claims to be optimized for Desktops / Laptops. One big advantage is that you can install from an array of different kernel versions, even recent ones. but be warned, they are not tested nearly as well as the official Debian kernels.
  • Install current Nvidia and ATI/AMD drivers.
  • Install OSE (open source) or a recent PUEL (restricted) VirtualBox, and addons. Also other things to help manage VirtualBox installations.
  • Miscillaneous tweaks and utilities not in debian repositories.
  • Some maintenance options like cleaning apt and removing modules.

Whilst smxi is a reliable tool, it's not recommended for beginners. Also, I wouldn't recommend it unless you specifically need it. If your hardware is all detected and running well, I would give it a miss.

Q - When is smxi useful?

A - For those that need or want to use the latest nvidia/amd(ati) drivers, perhaps for 3D gaming. For those that are having problem with hardware detection or related issues. For those that need the PUEL (non-ose) VirtualBox. For those that need some extra tools like ceni, opera, skype, inxi, rbxi etc.

To use smxi:

  • Logout. You will then be at the KDE login screen.
  • Press (at the same time) Ctrl+Alt+F1.
  • Now you should see a black screen with a command (terminal) prompt.
  • Login as root.
  • Type "smxi", hit enter.
  • Follow instructions. If you struggle with understanding the options, it's better that you quit smxi and reboot or restart desktop.
  • To get back to the login screen (if you change your mind, and provided X is still running) press Ctrl+Alt+F7

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