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antiX

Last Update: 2019-10-17 14:17 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 (701), 6 months: 12 (773), 3 months: 12 (771), 4 weeks: 12 (788), 1 week: 15 (700)

Average visitor rating: 9.17/10 from 145 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
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://antixlinux.com/antix/download/
Bug Tracker https://us-bz3.devzing.com/mx_antix/
Related Websites  
Reviews 15: DistroWatch
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 announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-10-18: Distribution Release: antiX 19
 • 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
 • More antiX releases...

  Headlines:
 •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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  • 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 17.4.1 16.3 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Feature
Release Date 2019-10-17 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
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_br en, ca, cs, de, es, fr, hu, nl, pt, pt_br Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 19 17.4.1 16.3 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Full Package List
Package 19 17.4.1 16.3 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.8.6 2.8.2 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.2.1.1) 1.1.7 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.25 1.0.23 1.0.22 alsa-lib (1.2.1.1)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.15.6)
chromium (78.0.3904.108) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (78.0.3904.108)
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.10 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.4.6 1.4.2 cups (2.3.0)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.3.1 4.2.2 4.1.1-P1 4.1.1-P1 3.1.3 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.42.4 1.41.12 1.41.11 e2fsprogs (1.45.4)
firefox (70.0.1) 60.9.0 60.6.1 52.5.2 31.7.0 22.0b1 10.0.6 -- -- firefox (70.0.1)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.9 2.4.4 2.3.11 freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 8.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2 4.9.2 4.7.2 4.7.1 4.5.2 4.4.2 gcc (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.14) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.14)
glibc (2.30) 2.28 2.24 2.19 2.19 2.13 2.13 2.11.2 2.10.2 glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.34.1)
gnucash (3.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.7)
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.10.14 1.10.1 gnumeric (1.12.46)
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.12) 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.14.5 3.14.5 3.4.2 3.2.4 2.24.4 2.18.9 gtk (3.24.12)
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (19.08.3)
kmod (26) 26 23 18 18 9 8 -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.7.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.7.1)
libreoffice (6.3.3) 6.1.5 5.2.7 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.0.3 3.5.4 -- -- libreoffice (6.3.3)
linux (5.3.12) 4.9.193 4.9.160 4.4.10 4.0.5 3.7.10 3.5 2.6.36 2.6.32 linux (5.3.12)
Package 19 17.4.1 16.3 15 13.2 12 11 8.5 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.10)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.2.5) 18.3.6 13.0.6 10.3.2 10.3.2 8.0.5 8.0.3 7.10 7.7 mesa (19.2.5)
mysql (8.0.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.18)
nautilus (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.34.1)
NVIDIA (440.31) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (440.31)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (13)
openssh (8.1p1) 7.9p1 7.6p1 6.7p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.3p1 openssh (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1d 1.1.0j 1.0.1t 1.0.1k 1.0.1e 1.0.1c 1.0.0d 0.9.8n openssl (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.1) 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.1 perl (5.30.1)
php (7.3.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.12)
plasma-desktop (5.17.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.17.3)
postfix (3.4.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.7)
postgresql (12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (12.1)
Python (3.8.0) 2.7.16 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.7.3rc2 2.6.6 2.5.4 Python (3.8.0)
qt (5.13.2) 5.11.3 5.7.1 5.3.2 4.8.6 4.8.2 4.7.4 4.7.2 4.5.3 qt (5.13.2)
samba (4.11.2) -- -- -- 4.1.17 3.6.6 3.6.6 3.5.8 -- samba (4.11.2)
systemd (243) -- -- -- -- 44 44 -- -- systemd (243)
thunderbird (68.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (68.2.2)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.12.3 1.9.5 1.6.5 xorg-server (1.20.5)

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Version: 17.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-08-08
Votes: 205


Excellent distro for (really) old computers (and free of Systemd).

Gave antix 17.4.1 (32bit version) a try on a 2004 Laptop (1,7 GHz single core, 1Gb of RAM) and works like a charm.
I had to install XFCE environment over IceWM as i find it hard to use for a average Linux user like me, anyway the memory foot print is excellent: 144 RAM used after about 1 hour (opening and closing multiple apps and browsing the web).

It's awesome to have this old computer revived in 2019 when corporations sell you garbage OSes and track you for your data.
No glitches identified, only had to manually install the Wifi driver (the same was valid also for other distros like LXLE, Lubuntu, etc. so not specific)

Congrats to the devs.! for the excellent job.


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Version: 19-beta2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-25
Votes: 198


I have upgraded OS on my laptop (AMD 2500U; vega 8) from Antix 17.4.1 to Antix 19 b2. At first, I always failed to boot with its default kernel (4.9.182), but had a great success after replace the kernel with newest one (5.1.5). I have no idea why...

Back to Antix 17.4.1, I had an issue with graphic driver of my laptop (AMD vega series), so I should installed the proprietary driver which was not going so good. But the problem has gone in Antix 19 b2, since Xorg-amdgpu is running well for my graphic driver. It also improves the audio quality I get.

Everything else, like wifi and hdmi output, are working fine.

It uses slightly more RAM (┬▒50 MB) compared with version 17.4.1 but feels more stable on my machine, so worth upgrade.


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Version: 17.4.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-17
Votes: 179


Getting drained by windows, I was looking alternative OS for my old laptop (Intel N3540; 4gb RAM). I wanted to see it run fast again. After searching & reading some articles, I decided to try antiX and it successfully amazed me. AntiX is extremely light yet still powerful OS based on Debian. Whoever created this distro is a real genius. The installation was very easy and so far I didn't find any difficulties with hardware. WiFi & sound card run smoothly without any additional driver. Not yet test it for external VGA (monitor).


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