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Welcome to antiX.

About antiX

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. It should run on most computers, ranging from 256MB old PIII systems with pre-configured swap to the latest powerful boxes. 256MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.7GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd. Special XFCE editions made in collaboration with the MEPIS Community called MX-15 "Fusion" (released 24 December 2015) and MX-14 "Symbiosis" (released March 24, 2014) are also available. antiX MX series has a separate development schedule to antiX.

At the moment antiX-16 "Berta Cáceres" comes as a full distro (c695MB), a base distro (c510MB) and a core-libre distro (c190MB) for 32 bit and 64 bit computers. For those who wish to have total control over the install, use antiX-core and build up.

Present released antiX-16 versions, 26 June 2016: isos and md5sum files available 'Berta Cáceres'

To get a taste of antiX-16, watch the video by dolphin_oracle:

Useful documentation:antiX-FAQ Live boot menu options Detailed guide to antiX-live MX wiki MX Users Manual

Donate: If you would like to help out with the development of antiX by donating money, go here. PayPal-Euros PayPal-US Dollars

Added on 21 January 2015. For the moment, send donations here:

MX-15 "Fusion" editions released on 24 December 2015 can be downloaded from here:

Help us to help you! MX-15 Fundraiser


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Old News

27 June 2016

antiX-16 (Berta Cáceres) released

Debian 8.5 (jessie), but systemd-free! And it fits on a cd! Great LiveUSB features!

We initially set out to add a few enhancements on top of antiX-15 in preparation for a stretch release, but we got carried away and added lots of features particularly when running live.

As usual antiX comes in 3 flavours for both 32 and 64 bit processors.

antiX-full (c695MB) -4 windows managers - IceWM(default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm

antiX-base (c510MB) -3 windows managers - fluxbox(default), jwm and herbstluftwm

antiX-core-libre (c190MB) - no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build. Uses a libre kernel.

antiX has been designed to be fast, light on resources and flexible.

Install it to harddrive, run it live from a stick or run as a frugal install on a partition.

Want to run antiX on a usb device with persistence? antiX does this simply and effectively.

Want to remaster your running live system? antiX makes this easy.

Want to create an iso file of your installed to hard drive system? Yes, antiX has this feature too.

Want to run live on a box with UEFI bootloader? antiX can do this.

Want to run bleeding edge Debian Testing (stretch) or sid? Offered at installation. Be aware that this option is a 'moving target' and is NOT recommended for inexperienced users.

The choice is yours!

So what is included?

Lots! Explore!

  • Based on Debian Jessie, but without systemd nor systemd-shim.
  • Customised 4.4.10 LTS kernel with fbcondecor splash
  • libreoffice 4.3.3-2
  • firefox-esr 45.2.0
  • claws-mail 3.13.0
  • xmms -for audio
  • gnome-mplayer - for playing video
  • smtube 16.3.0 - play youtube videos without a using a browser
  • streamlight-antix - stream videos with very low RAM usage.
  • eudev is available in the antiX dev repo.

File managers and desktop:

  • spacefm
  • rox-filer

Convert your video and audio files with:

  • winff
  • asunder

Connect to the net with:

  • wicd
  • ceni
  • or gnome-ppp if you are still on dial-up


  • geany
  • leafpad
  • Midnight Commander

Tools for remastering and creating snapshots of installed system:

  • iso-snapshot
  • remaster tools
  • Unetbootin
  • antix2usb


  • hexchat - gui chat
  • luckybackup - excellent backup tool. There's nothing lucky about it!
  • simple-scan - for scanning documents
  • transmission-gtk - torrent downloader
  • wingrid-antix - turn the stacking window managers into tilers.
  • xf86-video-sis-antix - added since it is not in Debian jessie
  • Xfburn for burning cd/dvd
  • connectshares-antix for network shares
  • droopy-antix - an easy way to transfer files over the net.
  • flashplugin-nonfree - flash video
  • install-meta-antix - install applications easily and safely
  • antiX Control Centre - an easy way to do just about anything!

Why not try out our included 'cli' apps:

  • Editors: nano and vim
  • Newsreader: newsbeuter
  • Chat: irssi
  • Audio player: mocp
  • Video player: mpv
  • Audio ripper: abcde
  • Torrent: rtorrent
  • Cd burner: cdw
  • Writer: Wordgrinder

Great LiveUSB features:

o fast boot times without systemd (X in under 10 seconds on new boxes running live) o auto-customizable bootloaders (legacy and uefi) o easy persistence and easy frugal installs o remasters and respins o legacy and 32-bit uefi and 64-bit uefi

In more detail:

We make use of the LiveUSB to save information even if home or root persistence are not enabled. The goal is to make the LiveUSB more convenient without sacrificing user control. Such saved information includes:

   1) LiveUSB-Storage Feature
   2) SaveState Feature
   3) BIOS Bootloader "F8 Save" --> save
   4) UEFI Bootloader "Customize (with text menus)"
   5) Sticky boot options

  • 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.

  • Sticky LiveUSB boot options

In addition, several options automatically become "sticky" (remembered across reboots) even if persistence is not enabled. There are:

   automount        Automatically mount partitions when plugged-in***
   mount=usb        Mount all USB partitions at boot-time***
   mount=all        Mount ALL partitions at boot-time***
   desktop=xxxxx    Saves the last desktop you selected***
   savestate        Enables saving state files
   nosavestate      Disable saving state files
   nostore          Disable the LiveUSB-Storage feature
   dostore          Enable the LiveUSB-Storage feature

For example, if you don't want the LiveUSB-Storage feature enabled then you just need to select "nostore" once from the "F4 Options" menu. The feature will stay disabled until you use the "dostore" boot option.

  • F4 Options --> automount should work now

File systems that use FUSE (ntfs-3g and exfat) will still need to be mounted manually. Even FUSE file systems will get mounted at boot-time with "mount=usb" and "mount=all" boot options.

  • The Live UEFI bootloader has been improved

There is now a Save option when you select "Customize boot (text menus)". It works like the F8 Save menu in the BIOS bootloader. If a Windows UEFI bootloader is detected in the first partition of the first hard drive then we offer an option to chain load to windows. Various console resolutions are available in the bootloader menu. You can also adjust the resolution manually when you edit an entry.

  • The nosysv=xxx option has been renamed to disable=xxx

(although "nosysv" should still work). The services that are disabled are no longer printed to the screen, instead they are listed in the file /etc/live/config/disabled.

  • The live boot is less chatty with fewer bogus errors and warnings

You can make the startup even more terse by using the "verb=4" cheat. This may not be fully compatible with some of the advanced LiveUSB options.

  • The default retry time has increased from 10 to 15 seconds

This is how long we look for the linuxfs file before giving up. If you use the "failsafe" option then it is set to 30 seconds. The default retry time for finding a frugal or persistence partition is still 10 seconds. You can adjust all of these times with "try=xx".

If you want Debian without systemd, give antiX a try. It works great on old boxes and the latest and greatest.

Many thanks to all who worked, tested, promoted and helped antiX.

  • BitJam
  • Dave
  • dolphin_oracle
  • SamK
  • Translators at antiX Launchpad
  • rokytnji, masinick, dark-D, rust collector, eugen-b, Alanarchy, skidoo, peregrine, lagopus, jdmeaux1952, spaceman, james c, jerry, fatmac, balloon, chrispop99, Shay, kmathern and others I may have forgotten for testing, contributing to antiX and promoting antiX as widely as possible.
  • SliTaz for mountbox.
  • old sidux team for install-meta package.
  • Maato for volumeicon
  • Michael Deelwater for burniso.
  • for
  • tradetaxfree for zram script.
  • for
  • SamK for, JWM conguration files, droopy, Connectshares, streamlight, wingrid
  • Adrian for mx-snapshot on which iso-snapshot is heavily based and the gui installer.
  • kexolino for the wallpaper Wooden as well as Consuming_the_light_side and pier
  • linux-bbq for cool scripts (discover them)!
  • angband devs for some systemd-free debs

not forgetting, of course,

  • antiX Community
  • MEPIS Community
  • Debian team and volunteers.
  • All software developers.

and all users, testers, suggesters, torrent seeders and friends at antiX and MEPIS forums.

and many more...

Get files from here:

Also see here for mirrors and torrents:


anticapitalista, 27 June 2016, Thessaloniki.

NB: antiX MX (Xfce) series follows a different release schedule and is not included in this release.

  • If you want to try eudev, add dev to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list as shown below and then do apt-get dist-upgrade

deb jessie main nosystemd dev

  • The present installer does not allow for capital letters in the username. If you wish to have an installer that does this, use the one in the dev repo (see above). This installer should work ok, but it has not been extensively tested.

Known issues:

  • Streamtuner2

Users should delete the streamtuber2 folder in ~/.config and upgrade to the latest in the repository. Some stations crash on first use eg shoutcast, but work just fine afterwards.

24 June 2016

antiX-16 coming very soon

Have a watch of the promo video made by dolphin_oracle

anticapitalista, 24 June 2016, Thessaloniki

20 February 2016

antiX-16-sid available

These are for experienced users only. The isos are labelled as alpha.

Basically it is antiX-core plus xorg (needed to keep it free from systemd). eudev replaces udev.

It even installs a systemd-free xfce and kde.

  • sysvinit - no systemd!, no libsystemd0!, no udev-systemd!
  • kernel: 4.3.0-custom
  • gcc5 and cpp-5
  • xorg: 1:7.7+13
  • xterm
  • ceni and dhclient to connect to net
  • elinks browser
  • irssi chat
  • antiX live remaster and persistence scripts
  • rsync
  • smxi/inxi scripts


anticapitalista, 20 February 2016, Thessaloniki.

24 December 2015

MX-15 available

We are extremely pleased to announce the release of MX-15 (codename Fusion) based on the reliable and stable Debian Jessie (8.2) with extra enhancements and up to date applications provided by our packaging team.

Just like MX-14, this release defaults to sysVinit (though systemd is available once installed -but see known issues below).

Available in 32 and 64 bit.

The 32 bit version ships with 2 stable 3.16 Debian kernels (pae and non-pae), while the 64 bit comes with the more recent kernel 4.2 Debian backports kernel to cater for newer hardware.

Both iso files weigh in at around 1GB in size.

  • For 32 bit users, download MX-15.01_386.iso. It fixes a bug found that meant the non-pae kernel did not boot when used live (on cd/dvd/usb). It works fine installed.
  • For those using MX-15_386.iso installed there is no need to download the new iso.
  • For users running live, best to apply the patch to the old iso.

So what does it include?


  • Xfce 4.12
  • Automatic enabling of Broadcom drivers b43 and b44
  • UEFI installer (64bit, experimental)
  • Details: type in terminal inxi -F

Advanced LiveUSB

  • Run in Live mode in 10 languages
  • Easy Live-remaster to make a custom LiveUSB
  • Three forms of Live persistence
  • Easy "frugal" install option
  • Automatic check of all LiveUSB file systems for integrity


  • Browser: Firefox 43.0
  • Video Player: VLC 2.2.1-2
  • Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.2.3
  • Email client: Thunderbird 38.4
  • LibreOffice
  • Expanded Settings Manager

One-click Extras with MX Package Installer

  • Children: Preschool, Primary, etc.
  • Graphics: Gimp, ImageMagik, Inkscape, etc.
  • Network: Skype, Dropbox, etc.
  • Office: GnuCash, Adobe Reader, Calibre, latest LibreOffice 5 etc.
  • System: KDE, LXDE, MATE, etc.
  • Audio: Audacity, DeaDBeeF, Pithos, etc.
  • Video: DVDStyler, MPlayer, OpenShot, etc
  • Kernel: Fallback Debian 3.16, latest Liquorix 4.3
  • Development: deb packaging tools, git tools, QT5 Development Environment
  • Games: PlayOnLinux, Steam, Supertux, Supertuxkart, etc
  • Language: Localisation of applications such as firefox, thunderbird, libreoffice
  • Miscellaneous: VirtualBox, GoogleEarth, Wine, java,

MX Original Apps

  • Apt Notifier
  • Boot Repair
  • Broadcom Manager
  • Check Apt GPG
  • Codecs Installer
  • Find Shares
  • Flash Manager
  • Package Installer
  • Switch User
  • User Manager
  • Persistence/Remaster
  • Create Live USB
  • Sound Card

User Experience

  • Stable
  • Easy and flexible installation
  • Excellent hardware recognition
  • Configuration automatic for most users
  • One-click change of panel orientation
  • One-click enabling of Event sounds
  • Important applications updated regularly by Community
  • MX Tools dashboard for easy access to MX apps
  • Localization for MX apps in many languages
  • Great help through video set
  • Full Users Manual onboard and online
  • Excellent support on a friendly forum

Known issues

  • There have been some problems reported with the 64-bit graphics driver with some Intel hardware (IvyBridge, Sandy Bridge, and Bay Trails). If you experience problems on one of these systems then we suggest you use the 32-bit version of MX-15 for now or try installing an earlier kernel (pre-4 releases). When the 64-bit graphics driver gets fixed will will issue an update. The "F6 Failsave" --> "safe video" options should get you working graphics without acceleration or high resolution.
  • If for some inexplicable reason user wants to try out systemd as shown in the Advanced boot menu, you will need to remove rtkit while in sysvinit first, otherwise you will not get mouse/keyboard at systemd desktop. You will then need to set up systemd to work best with your hardware. MX devs strongly advise users to keep to the default sysVinit.
  • On 32 bit iso, non-pae kernel version does not boot. A fix is on its way or boot using pae kernel, install and then use the non-pae kernel. Fixed with MX-15.01_386.iso

To install to usb in Windows, use Rufus not Unetbootin.

I would like to thank the antiX/MX development team for all their hard work in getting MX-15 released to such a high standard. This also includes the translators and alpha/beta testers.


anticapitalista, 24 December 2015, Thessaloniki.



Please seed torrents once you have downloaded antiX or MX. Thanks.



32 bit:

64 bit:





You may want to make some changes to the sources.list files to get a location closer to where you are.

antiX-16 - edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list

Ecuador, South America

 deb jessie main nosystemd  

California, USA

 deb jessie main nosystemd 

The Netherlands, Europe

 deb jessie main nosystemd 

Crete, Greece, Europe

 deb jessie main nosystemd 

Taiwan, Asia

 deb jessie main jessie nosystemd 

MX-15 - edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list

Ecuador, South America

 deb jessie main 

California, USA

 deb jessie main

The Netherlands, Europe

 deb jessie main

Crete, Greece, Europe

 deb jessie main

Taiwan, Asia

 deb jessie main

MX-15 - edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list

Ecuador, South America

 deb mx15 main non-free
 #deb mx15 test

Crete, Greece, Europe

 deb mx15 main non-free
 #deb mx15 test

The Netherlands, Europe

 deb mx15 main non-free
 #deb mx15 test

Taiwan, Asia

 deb mx15 main non-free
 #deb mx15 test

California, USA

 deb mx15 main non-free
 #deb mx15 test

Utah, USA

 deb mx15 non-free main
 #deb mx15 test


antiX video guides by runwiththedolphin


Introducing antiX-16

What's new in antiX-16

Installing antiX-16


What's New!

1-to-1 assistance

1-to-1 Voice

Find and Mount Network Shares (includes updated connectshares info)

Personal Menu & Menu Manager


Installing antiX-13

Set up wireless with wicd

Customise the desktop

Browsing and Mounting Samba/Windows shares

antiX and Netflix

antiX and ROX

antiX and SpaceFM

Installing AntiX 13.2

AntiX 13 upgrade to Antix 13.2

Antix 13 - How to Install Updates


Video review of antiX-13

Como Instalar AntiX 13 Full


sneekylinux video

Video review of antiX-13-beta1

Not a video, but a review article of Best-Linux-For-Old-Computer

Quick Tips

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