About antiX Linux

From antiX Linux fan

antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install systemd-free linux live CD distribution based on Debian Stable for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the “antiX Magic” in an environment suitable for old and new computers. So don’t throw away that old computer yet! 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.[1]

The name ‘antiX’ is written with the first alphabet ‘a’ being a small letter and the last alphabet ‘X’ being a capital letter. That is how it has been named and recognized. The name antiX is pronounced like the word antics, which means amusing, frivolous, or eccentric behavior [2].

antiX is compiled to work with Pentium-class Intel and AMD processors or better. antiX will not work with 386 and 486 class processors. To install antiX Full edition[3] on a hard drive, at least 4 GB of free space is required. As explained in the article The Most Extensive Live-usb on the Planet[4], hard disk installation is entirely optional ~~ some antiX users choose, instead, to continually use liveboot + persistence.

Editions[edit | edit source]

antiX is available for IA-32 and x86-64 architectures, and comes in 4 Editions:

  • Full, which installs a full range of applications, including Synaptic Package Manager and the full Libreoffice Suite.
  • Base, a smaller edition with fewer apps but the same desktop session. It allows the user to choose their own application suite.
  • Core, a very small edition which does NOT include any graphical environment. It enables the user to build a system from the ground up, and is recommended for those who want to start with the bare minimum. It includes non-free firmware, which means that most wireless devices will be supported.[5]
  • Net, similar to Core, but doesn't include any non-libre firmware. It is recommended for those who want to build their own systems with only ethernet access or on virtual machines

The Full edition contains preinstalled multiple window managers (JWM, iceWM, fluxfox) and multiple desktop managers (spaceFM, and rox aka rox-desktop aka "rox pinboard"). At the login screen, users can choose which "desktop session" to launch. Also, during a session (a somewhat rare feature, across myriad linux distributions) a user can -- without logging out -- easily click to switch between using the various window managers.

MX Linux relationship[edit | edit source]

MX Linux began in a discussion about future options among members of the MEPIS community in December 2013. Developers from antiX then joined them, bringing the ISO build system as well as the Live-USB/DVD technology. The name “MX” was chosen to combine the first letter of Mepis with the last of antiX, thus symbolizing their collaboration. In order to be listed on DistroWatch, MX Linux was presented as a version of antiX and released its first version in March of 2014. It received its own DistroWatch page as a separate distribution with the release of the first Public Beta of MX-16 on November 2, 2016.[6]

The relationship between antiX and MX Linux is tight, where they share some tool and even the same community. To this day, one of MX Linux leaders, dolphin_oracle still presents help and videos for both antiX and MX Linux, and other developers from the MX Linux team also help with their programming skills and knowledge.

Release history[edit | edit source]

Release Version[7] Codename Date
antiX 6 6.5[8] Spartacus 9 July 2007
antiX 7 7.0[9] Lysistrata 30 October 2007
7.2[10][11] Vetëvendosje 16 May 2008
7.5[12][13] Toussaint Louverture 24 August 2008
antiX 8 8.0[14][15] Intifada! 14 February 2009
8.2[16][17] Tȟašúŋke Witkó 24 July 2009
8.5[18] Marek Edelman 12 April 2010
antiX 11 M11[19][20] Jayaben Desai 3 May 2011
antiX 12 12[21][22] Edelweißpiraten 7 August 2012
antiX 13 13[23] Luddite 2 July 2013
MX Linux 14 MX-14.4 Symbiosis 23 March 2015
antiX 15 15[24][25] Killah P 30 June 2015
MX Linux 15 MX-15 Fusion 24 December 2015
antiX 16 16[26] Berta Cáceres 26 June 2016
antiX 17 17[27] Heather Heyer 24 October 2017
17.1[28] 18 March 2018
17.2[29] Helen Keller 05 October 2018
17.4.1[30] 28 March 2019
antiX 19 19[31] Marielle Franco 17 October 2019
19.1[32] 23 December 2019
19.2[33] Hannie Schaft 28 March 2020
19.3[34] Manolis Glezos 16 October 2020
19.4[35] Grup Yorum 21 May 2021
antiX 21 21[36] Grup Yorum 31 October 2021

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://antixlinux.com/about/
  2. https://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/docs-antiX-19/Boot_Menu/antiX-gfxboot.html
  3. https://gitlab.com/antiX-Linux/cli-installer-antix/-/blob/master/cli-installer#L40
  4. https://antixlinux.com/the-most-extensive-live-usb-on-the-planet
  5. https://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/docs-antiX-19/FAQ/index.html#_pre_installation
  6. MX Linux about page
  7. AntiX announcements on DistroWatch.com
  8. Distribution Release: antiX 6.5 (DistroWatch.com News)
  9. Distribution Release: antiX 7.0 (DistroWatch.com News)
  10. Distribution Release: antiX 7.2 (DistroWatch.com News)
  11. AntiX 7.2 Revives Your Antique Computer
  12. Distribution Release: antiX 7.5 (DistroWatch.com News)
  13. AntiX 7.5 Released
  14. Fast and Light AntiX is Released | MEPIS Linux
  15. Available Now: AntiX MEPIS 8.0 (Intifada)
  16. Distribution Release: antiX 8.2 (DistroWatch.com News)
  17. AntiX MEPIS 8.2 Released
  18. Distribution Release: antiX 8.5 (DistroWatch.com News)
  19. antiX-M11 'Jayaben Desai' released - antiX Forum
  20. DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 434, 5 December 2011
  21. Distribution Release: antiX 12 (DistroWatch.com News)
  22. A distribution for less-powerful systems: antiX-12 [LWN.net]
  23. Distribution Release: antiX 13.2 (DistroWatch.com News)
  24. Distribution Release: antiX 15 (DistroWatch.com News)
  25. DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 622, 10 August 2015
  26. Distribution Release: antiX 16 (DistroWatch.com News)
  27. antiX-17 released – antiX Linux
  28. antiX-17.1 released – antiX Linux
  29. "antiX-17.2 released – antiX Linux". antixlinux.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  30. "antiX-17.4.1 now out". antixlinux.com. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  31. "antiX-19 isos available. – antiX Linux". antixlinux.com. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  32. antiX 19.1 bug release announcement
  33. antiX 19.2 Hannie Schaft release announcement
  34. antiX 19.3 Manolis Glezos release announcement
  35. antiX 19.4 Grup Yorum release announcement
  36. antiX 21 Grup Yorum release announcement