antiX A Fast And Lightweight Linux Distribution

antiX A Fast And Lightweight Linux Distribution

antiX is a fast and lightweight Linux distribution. It is based on Debian stable. antiX is a very different distro, it isn’t like Debian or Ubuntu. It doesn’t use systemd. Actually, most Linux distros are using systemd to manage the system processes, but antiX doesn’t like systemd.
I don’t have any problem with systemd, but time after analyze systemd, I realized that it is not the best way to replace SysVinit, because it doesn’t follow the UNIX philosophy. I think that systemd is very complex, maybe this is the reason for why antiX doesn’t use it.

antiX comes with support for Intel – AMD x86 compatible systems, you can install it or use it as Live USB. antiX is perfect for old computers, it’s able to work with 256MB of RAM and using a Pentium III, that’s amazing! Also, you can install it in most recent hardware, antiX is good for any computer.

antiX-16 Berta Cáceres (released on June 2016)

antiX-16 is the latest version, but antiX has another edition called MX “Fusion”, this last is featuring the XFCE desktop environment.

antiX comes in 3 flavours for both 32 and 64-bit processors:

​Name
Size
Quick features
antiX-full
695 MB
4 window managers
antiX-base
510 MB
3 window managers
antiX-core-libre
190 MB
without GUI (X), support only for wired connection to internet

antiX-full features

  • Based on Debian Jessie, but without systemd nor systemd-shim.
  • kernel: Customised 4.4.10 LTS kernel with fbcondecor splash
  • Documents, presentations and more: Libreoffice 4.3.3-2
  • Web Browser: Firefox-ESR 45.2.0
  • Mail Client: Claws-mail 3.13.0
  • Audio player: xmms
  • Video player: gnome-mplayer
  • Youtube without web browser: smtube 16.3.0
  • Streaming: streamlight-antix
  • File Manager: spacefm
  • Network Manager: Wicd
  • Flash plugin: flashplugin-nonfree
  • Text editors: vim and nano

If you want to see a more detailed list, please go to the following link: http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

antix mepis linux distro

LiveUSB Features

cruzer micro 4gb antix mapis

  • Fast boot times without systemd
  • Auto-customizable bootloaders
  • Easy persistence
  • Frugal installs, remasters and respins
  • Legacy boot support
  • UEFI (x86, x86_64) support

LiveUSB-Storage Feature

LiveUSB-Storage directories are created for the root user and the demo users. This gives you easy, direct access to store files on the LiveUSB without having to enable persistence. The only size limitation is the size of the LiveUSB partition You can disable this with the “nostore” cheat.

SaveState Feature

The savestate feature saves a few files across reboots. For example files for wicd are saved, so the system will remember your wireless networks and passwords. You control which files get saved by editing the list in /live/antiX/state/general-state-files and /live/antiX/state/machine-state-files. The general files are saved and restored across machines while the machine files are saved and restored for each machine so each machine can have its own copy.

If you want to see a more detailed list of LiveUSB features, please visit the following link: http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

​Quick description about antiX Desktop Environments.

JWM

jwm

JWM is a light-weight window manager for the X11 Window System. JWM is written in C and uses only Xlib at a minimum. Because of its small footprint, JWM makes a good window manager for older computers and less powerful systems, it is a good choice if you have an old computer.

Fluxbox

fluxbox

Fluxbox is a window manager for X that was based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code. It is very light on resources and easy to handle but yet full of features to make an easy, and extremely fast, desktop experience.

iceWM (Default)

IceWM is a window manager for the X Window System (freedesktop, XFree86). It’s very fast, and it focuses on simplicity.

Features:

  • Fully usable with keyboard
  • Alt+Tab window switching
  • Efficient resource usage
  • Task bar (optional)
  • Multiple workspaces
  • Themes
icewm default

The MX edition

antiX has another special XFCE edition made in collaboration with the MEPIS Community called MX “Fusion”. The stable version is MX-15 “Fusion” but the latest is MX-16 (Metamorphosis).

MEPIS is another distro based on Debian Stable, if you want to download an MX edition please check the following links:

​MX-15: 
https://sourceforge.net/projects/antix-linux/files/Final/MX-15/
MX-16 (Testing): https://sourceforge.net/projects/antix-linux/files/Testing/MX-16/

XFCE

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user-friendly.
antix mapis xfce desktop environment

Conclusion

I think that antiX is a great distro because many users can’t use Linux with the most common desktop environments like unity, gnome or KDE. antiX is for any computer, doesn’t matter if the computer has the most recent hardware or not, antiX can run over very low resources. If you are a newbie in Linux, you should choose the MX edition for a better experience, but if you like the minimalistic desktop environments you should use antiX-16 with iceWM.

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