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Last Update: 2019-08-17 12:47 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, or run "live" on a USB stick, with or without persistent file storage.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 12 (627), 6 months: 12 (726), 3 months: 11 (778), 4 weeks: 9 (753), 1 week: 8 (1,045)

Average visitor rating: 9.13/10 from 128 review(s).

antiX Summary
Distribution antiX
Home Page https://antixlinux.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://www.antixforum.com/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/docs-antiX-17/FAQ/index.html
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://antixlinux.com/antix/download/
Bug Tracker https://us-bz3.devzing.com/mx_antix/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-08-18: Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 3
 • 2019-07-13: Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 2
 • 2019-06-13: Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 1
 • 2019-03-07: Distribution Release: antiX 17.4
 • 2018-10-05: Distribution Release: antiX 17.2
 • 2018-03-18: Distribution Release: antiX 17.1
 • 2017-10-25: Distribution Release: antiX 17
 • 2017-10-07: Development Release: antiX 17 RC1
 • 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
 • More antiX releases...

 •2018-04-11 antiX flavour based on Debian Sid
 •2017-12-16 antiX spin based on Debian Sid
 • More antiX headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 19-beta3 17.4.1 16.3 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Feature
Release Date 2019-08-17 2019-03-28 2017-12-21 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 1000-1200 100-1000 700-800           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM IceWM Default Desktop
Package Management DEB 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 Fixed, Semi, Rolling Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice GOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486 i486, x86_64 i486 i486, i686 i486, i686 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV 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, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, ReiserFS ext3, ext4, ReiserFS ext3, ext4, ReiserFS Journaled File Systems
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Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 19-beta3 17.4.1 16.3 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Full Package List
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Version: 17.4.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-08-22
Votes: 3

The real alternative to Microsoft Windows. The most is plug and play, software and hardware. The highlight is the self-made live CD creating tool.

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Version: 19-beta3
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-08-21
Votes: 3

Still a few rough edges, this is a beta version but running well on my testing and surf box..
AntiX puzzled me at first, why the choice of ICE WM as standard, no bling, no icons on the desktop file manager choice Rox filer which seemed spartan and pretty useless, I want an icon in the task bar so must edit a text file. Old style, on other desktops it is often drag and drop big but slowlyI am beginning to understand some of the choices. This setup on my dual core Pentium surf box has it running like its on steroids. Rox is far differnt from anything I have used in the last years but it is lightning fast and far more flexible than its looks suggest. AntiX feels like throwing away a lot of convenience until you realise how fast and efficient it is, flexible too. Works like magic from a usb stick, run live and save all your changes. You can do a so called frugal install, install to your internal drive, use your phone or camera for data storage. Remaster your personal version which keeps all your settings make a version to give to friends or share with the community. Make a snapshot of the present state. Update the Linux Kernel on your LIVE USB stick.
Lot of thought went in to this, one touch I really like is a one click hosts file setup to block many of the ads drive me crazy and slow my browsing to snail speed.
The forum is friendly and informative, my experience has not been so positive some other places.

This is a distro to love for effiency, functionality, flexibility and speed, did I say it runs fast, no should have said faster. Sounds like marketing, no give it a go, you may at first be just as perplexed as I was and at times still am, but the more I open my mind the more respect I have for the amazing amout of thought which has gone in to this creation.

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Version: 19-beta2
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-08-16
Votes: 9

Amazing, this is a BETA and running fast and furious, my hardware recognised, not just one computer but what I have to throw at it. Thinkpad, EEPC, 9 year old PC from the junkyard to my much newer quad core graphics station with N Vidia card.
Stability seems good enough for daily usage, up to now anyway, I gave it a 9 because nothing is perfect but was tempted to say 10.

Why up to now, well I have one system running the very latest XFCE, I just prefer that desktop to the more lightweight offerings, I tried all of them beforehand. That too runs well enough for productive use, using it now in fact.
Why not MX which I also use and highly respect, no pottering about here making linux a subsidiary tool of the all invasive init system with its dependancy knots, bugs and security issues.
Told a setup with D will boot faster, Iḿ at the login screen in 3,5 seconds on my old pentium dual core system with cheap and cheerful Patriot SSD so nuts to that claim.

Is this computing heaven, maybe not but pretty near.
Only one item in my wishlist, doesn hurt me because I have a tiny bit more knowledge than many BUT
I would love to see this with a less chatty fork of firefox, or a one click script to harden about config.

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