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antiX

Last Update: 2017-08-19 02:36 UTC


antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy-to-install Linux live CD distribution based on Debian's "Stable" branch for x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the "antiX Magic" in an environment suitable for old computers. The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 256 MB old PIII systems with pre-configured swap to the latest powerful boxes. 256 MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.7 GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue CD. A special Xfce edition made in collaboration with the MEPIS Community called "MX" is also available.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 25 (406), 6 months: 23 (397), 3 months: 20 (448), 4 weeks: 17 (475), 1 week: 18 (522)

Average visitor rating: 9.45/10 from 33 review(s).


antiX Summary
Distribution antiX
Home Page http://antix.mepis.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://antix.freeforums.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.mepiscommunity.org/user_manual_mx15/mxum.html
http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/docs-antiX-15/FAQ/index.html
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://antix.mepis.com/index.php/Main_Page#DownloadsLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews 15: DistroWatchDedoimedo
14.x: DedoimedoDedoimedoBlogspot
13.x: Everyday Linux UserBlogspotBlogspotLinux Za Sve (Croatian)
12.x: LWN
11.x: BlogspotDistroWatch
8.x: IT Lure
7.x: Blogspot
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-07-29: Development Release: antiX 17 Beta 2
 • 2017-07-01: Development Release: antiX 17 Beta 1
 • 2017-06-16: Distribution Release: antiX 16.2
 • 2017-01-17: Distribution Release: antiX 16.1
 • 2016-06-27: Distribution Release: antiX 16
 • 2015-06-30: Distribution Release: antiX 15
 • 2015-06-21: Development Release: antiX 15 RC1.1
 • 2015-06-02: Development Release: antiX 15 Beta 3
 • 2015-03-17: Development Release: antiX 15 Beta 1
 • 2013-11-06: Distribution Release: antiX 13.2
 • 2013-06-20: Distribution Release: antiX 13.1
 • 2013-06-02: Distribution Release: antiX 13
 • More antiX releases...

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Feature 17-beta3 16.2 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Feature
Release Date 2017-08-18 2017-06-16 2015-06-30 2013-11-05 2012-08-07 2011-05-02 2010-04-12 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 140-1003MB             Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed, Semi, Rolling Fixed, Semi, Rolling Fixed, Semi, Rolling Fixed, Semi, Rolling Fixed, Semi, Rolling Fixed, Semi, Rolling Fixed, Semi, Rolling Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486 i486 i486 i486, x86_64 i486 i486, i686 i486, i686 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, ReiserFS ext3, ext4, ReiserFS ext3, ext4, ReiserFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt, pt_br Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 17-beta3 16.2 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Full Package List
Package 17-beta3 16.2 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.2 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.23 1.0.22 alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (60.0.3112.101) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (60.0.3112.101)
cups (2.2.4) 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.4.6 1.4.2 cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.3.1 4.2.2 4.1.1-P1 4.1.1-P1 3.1.3 dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.5) 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.42.4 1.41.12 1.41.11 e2fsprogs (1.43.5)
firefox (55.0.2) 52.3.0 52.2.0 31.7.0 22.0b1 10.0.6 -- -- firefox (55.0.2)
freetype (2.8) 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.4 2.3.11 freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.2.0) 6.3.0 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.7.1 4.5.2 4.4.2 gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.24 2.19 2.19 2.13 2.13 2.11.2 2.10.2 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.3)
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.17)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.14 1.10.1 gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.19) 3.22.11 3.14.5 3.14.5 3.4.2 3.2.4 2.24.4 2.18.9 gtk+ (3.22.19)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.0)
kmod (24) 23 18 18 9 8 -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- 2.32.1 2.30.0 2.28.0 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.0) 5.2.7 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.0.3 3.5.4 -- -- libreoffice (5.4.0)
linux (4.12.8) 4.10.5 4.4.10 4.0.5 3.7.10 3.5 2.6.36 2.6.32 linux (4.12.8)
Package 17-beta3 16.2 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.7) 13.0.6 10.3.2 10.3.2 8.0.5 8.0.3 7.10 7.7 mesa (17.1.7)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.2.1)
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.3p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.1.0f 1.0.1t 1.0.1k 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 1.0.0d 0.9.8n openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.26.0)
php (7.1.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.8)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.4)
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 2.6.6 2.5.4 Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) 5.7.1 5.3.2 4.8.6 4.8.2 4.7.4 4.7.2 4.5.3 qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.6.7) -- -- 4.1.17 3.6.6 3.6.6 3.5.8 -- samba (4.6.7)
systemd (234) -- -- -- 44 44 -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.3.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.12.3 1.9.5 1.6.5 xorg-server (1.19.3)

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9.5
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Version: 16.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-18
Votes: 5


antiX est vraiment une excellente distribution, notamment pour les vieux PC, antiX permet véritablement de redonner vie a des anciens PC.

Vraiment très stable, rapide, il est à la fois utilisable par des débutants, mais également pour des confirmées.

Une Debian rapide, avec énormément de logiciels installés et très utiles.

Une installation qui permet d'utiliser le système très rapidement sans aucune modification.

Pour toutes celles et ceux qui souhaite redonner vie à leur ordinateur, je le recommande vivement.


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Version: 16.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-08-06
Votes: 6


Antix is really good for extremely old machines (although there is no PowerPC version) where Lubuntu is a bit slow. IceWM and the other window managers and the way you can switch between them work very well and look really nice even if they are even more lightweight than LXDE.

If you want to test out some WMs, Antix is great to run in a VM as it allows you to switch between them and compare. It is surprising how good-looking some of the themes for some of these WMs are.


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Version: 16.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-02
Votes: 17


Of all the "lightweight" distros, this remains my favorite. The idea behind these distros is for use on older machines, but the thrill is really when you run them on something modern. Fastest, snappiest Debian ever. Runs great even from a USB stick. Runs great in Virtualbox too. Lots of cool window managers to choose from, but the default set up is fine right out of the box.


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