antiX 16.1: A Hidden Gem – Linux distro review

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From the AntiX website,” 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…


  1. Hey Chris i have 1 gb ram which os is better for me please suggest is xfce is the faster de or lxde or lxqt i don't understand xfce is somewhat running better for me i don't understand differences please explain me

  2. ya i have try'ed this kernel one out on a old laptop.
    it hand 256mb of ram and i add to it to a whopping 754mb.
    but ya it runs just fine for playing mp3 all day on my big house speakers in the garage as i work on one of my cars.
    also i have not up dated in some time.

    thanks for your time.

    p.s. a fun one to find a have a look at is a old os called " beos "

  3. Congrats to fellow Greek Developers from Thessaloniki ! The best thing about this distro : It's systemd-free ! . Nice choice of default apps as well. Completely open source ,runs everywhere , but doesn't change much in the linux world.

  4. "I am sad about one thing from this distro; seems there is no french
    canadian keyboard options when you install it.(Canada multilanguage)"

    Doesn't choosing F2 Language French (Ca) at the live boot menu not set it up live and then keep it for install?

  5. Don't forget that they have an excellent manual that explains thoroughly everything a newbie would like to know. And if this newbie doesn't like to read, he has the ability to watch a gazillion of outstanding videos made in a professional way by the dolphin on the YouTube site runwiththedolphin. And the community is extremely user friendly.
    So people who would like to try something new have two choices: antiX or MX.
    Best regards,

  6. It's really nice that there is so many people forking new distributions but in most cases they don't seem to really go anywhere. If something looks like Debian and works like Debian , I'm going to call it Debian. If you put cheese on a jacket potato it's a jacket potato with cheese on top.
    So the stamp on its face would be Like Debian but without systemd.

  7. Nice review, Chris.
    This is one of only two distributions (Puppy Linux being the other) that works well on my ageing Acer laptop running a Pentium 4 Celeron with 512 MB DDR using an SiS video controller. I had to enable the testing repository to get the latest KeePassX as it supports the .kdbx file extension, as I use the one KeePass file between multiple OSs (Linux, Windows, MacOS, iOS).
    Disabling video acceleration also helped with YouTube playback, as my graphics card has only 64 MB of memory. Thanks to AntiX, there's still some life left in this 10+ year old banger of a laptop!

  8. I installed AntiX last week as I have an old machine at the moment. I think it's great fun! There are tutorial videos built into the OS too – you have to look through the menus a bit. Also, the meta-package installer is nice – collections of related packages to install. Like a very stripped down Synaptic. I'll be installing this on other machines too, definitely. Again, it's a good distro if you are trying to learn Linux for a potential career change, in my opinion.

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