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Welcome to antiX.

About antiX

antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the "antiX Magic" in an environment suitable for old 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 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd. A special XFCE edition made in collaboration with the MEPIS Community called MX-14 "Symbiosis" is also available.

At the moment antiX-13 "Luddite" comes as a full distro (c690MB), a base distro (c400MB) and a core-libre distro (c135MB) 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-13.2-full version, 05 November 2013: isos and md5sum files available 'Luddite'

All antiX-13.1 isos and md5sum files available 'Luddite'

Useful documentation:antiX-FAQ Live boot menu options Detailed guide to antiX-live

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

MX-14 editions can be downloaded from here:


This wiki has had new account creation disabled due to spam. If you wish to have an account on this wiki so you can add or update content you will be required to visit the antiX forum so an account can be made for you.

Old News

1 July 2014

MX-14.2 "Symbiosis" bugfix upgrade release available

Upgraded bugfix versions (pae and non-pae) of MX-14 are now available. This version has fixed some bugs found in MX-14.1.1 and Debian upstream.

  • LibreOffice updated to 4.2.5version
  • Google search engine bug fixed.
  • Toned down faulty hard drive error when installing.
  • Image files open with mirage.
  • wl modules for broadcom wireless now on the cd image.
  • updated documentation.

Available here:


anticapitalista, Thessaloniki, Greece (01 July, 2014)

30 June 2014

antiX-14R-alpha2 release available

Get it from here:

So what does it include?

  • full version, 32 bit only for this test release.
  • super bleeding egde 3.15.2 kernel.
  • latest libreoffice 3.4.5.
  • Dave's desktop
  • a whole load of bug fixes
  • btrfs available as installation file system.
  • easy live persistence and frugal set up from boot menu.
  • lots of others to discover.

Please test. There are rough edges, but it wshould work just fine.


anticapitalista, Thessaloniki, Greece (30 June, 2014)

18 June 2014

MX-14.1.1 "Symbiosis" bugfix and enhancements release available

Almost 3 months on from the release of MX-14, we now make available upgraded versions (pae and non-pae). This version has fixed some bugs found in MX-14 and Debian upstream, and includes updated packages and some new features.

  • Iceweasel replaces qupzilla
  • LibreOffice updated to 4.2.4 version
  • MX-packageinstaller replaces metapackage installer
  • Easy frugal and persistence set up.
  • New default theme and icon set.

Available here:


anticapitalista, Thessaloniki, Greece (18 June, 2014)

Added: 22 June 2014

Known bugs:

  • Cannot set Google as search engine in iceweasel - Fix: Manage Search Engine -> Remove Google -> Add Google.
  • Installer gives a warning about my harddrive possibly failing - Fix: apt-get install installer-mx before installation or install gsmartcontrol and check again
  • Image files open via iceweasel by default
  • No wl modules (broadcom wireless) - Fix: Reinstall broadcom-sta-dkms

21 April 2014

antiX-14R-alpha1-full-386 available for testing

First alpha release of antiX-14 is available for testing. 32 bit, full only.

This is based on Debian Testing and comes with a 3.14.1 custom kernel which, I hope, will work even on old boxes. Latest LibreOffice 4.2 included! Bleed! Various splash themes are included, let us know what you think.

We would like to know how well this kernel works on older boxes, PII,PIII.

Download here:

Post comments here.

Known issues: When booting from live media, only use the F7 options with the letter 'S' (Splash) otherwise it will fail to boot.


26 March 2014

MX-14 "Symbiosis" non-pae version available

Available here:

anticapitalista, Thessaloniki, Greece (26 March, 2014)

24 March 2014

MX-14 "Symbiosis" available

So, what is MX-14?

"MX-14 "Symbiosis" is a special version of antiX developed in full collaboration with the Mepis Community and using the best tools and talents from each distro. It is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.

The base depends on the excellent upstream work by Linux, Debian, and Xfce. MX-14 also incorporates the independent and innovative development products Whisker Menu, simsu and gottet, QupZilla Browser, smxi and inxi."

We think you will enjoy it!

MX-14 is based on Debian 7 "Wheezy" and enhanced with more up to date applications from debian-backports and MEPIS Community repository.


  • Linux kernel 3.12 pae 32 bit
  • Xfce 4.10
  • Qupzilla browser
  • Libreoffice - full featured office suite
  • VLC - multimedia player and streamer
  • Clementine - modern music player and library organizer
  • Synaptic - package manager
  • MX-Flash - Adobe Flash (tm) plugin manager
  • MX-User - user manager
  • MX-Codecs - restricted codecs installer
  • MX-Apt-notifier - tray applet to notify of system and application updates
  • MX-Checkaptgpg - check and add missing GPG keys needed by apt
  • XChat - IRC client
  • Network Manager
  • xfburn - cd/dvd burning
  • Lightdm - desktop manager
  • Leafpad - text editor
  • File-roller - archive manager
  • Snapshot - tool to make a live.iso of your installed system
  • Luckybackup - backup tool using rsync
  • Live persistence and remastering
  • Samba
  • Transmission - torrent client
  • Xscreensaver
  • Metapackage-installer - simple way to install popular applications.
  • Firmware
  • Printer drivers
  • Bleachbit - cleanup utility
  • Catfish file search tool
  • Games - chromium-bsu, gottet, lbreakout2, simsu
  • claws-mail email client and some plugins
  • disk-manager - graphical filesystem configurator
  • galculator
  • gdebi - tool to install deb files
  • gnome-ppp - modem internet connection tool
  • grub-customizer - graphical Grub2/BURG configuration application
  • grub2
  • minitube - watch youtube videos outside the browser
  • mirage - image viewer
  • orage - calendar
  • pacpl - multi-purpose audio converter/ripper/tagger script
  • pdfshuffler - merge, split and re-arrange pages from PDF documents
  • qpdfview - tabbed document viewer
  • simple-scan - Simple Scanning Utility
  • Thunar - File Manager for Xfce
  • Unetbootin - install linux iso to a partition or USB drive
  • hybrid iso

... and it all fits on a cd!

For more information, see the webpage here:

and video here - Introducing MX-14:


Available here:

Torrent here:

and from MEPIS mirrors here:

md5sum: 8bb53e4b5d15e44b635cca66168f9afb MX-14.iso

Post feedback here:

Post bugs and feature requests here:


anticapitalista, Thessaloniki, 24 March 2014.

12 November 2013

New bug-fix kernels available

For those using antiX-13 series with the 3.7.10 kernel, you should update to the latest in the antiX stable repositories. The updated kernel fixes the bug of building applications that need to be built with Wheezy's libs and gcc.

Without going into detail, if you want to run antiX-13 series fixed to the Wheezy repository and want to install for example Virtualbox and nvidia drivers, you MUST install the latest 3.7.10.antix.7 kernel for your architecture for each application to build.

If you are running Testing or Sid repos, it is not needed. Users can also install much more up to date kernels. 3.11.5 is available and 3.12.0 is being worked on.

The kernel must be installed manually.

Here is the way to do it in a root terminal.

Your antix.list in etc/apt/sources.d should look like this:

   # Use with Debian Wheezy repository. Set as default for antiX-13.2.
   deb stable main 
   # Use with Debian Testing (or Sid) repositories.
   #deb testing main

32 bit:

   apt-get update && apt-get install linux-image-3.7.10-antix.7-486-smp linux-headers-3.7.10-antix.7-486-smp

64 bit:

   apt-get update && apt-get install linux-image-3.7.10-antix.7-amd64-smp linux-headers-3.7.10-antix.7-amd64-smp

Then you will need to update the grub menu. This is if using default antiX grub.


For a gui way to do this using synaptic, see the post by pcpavnz here:

05 November 2013

Updated antiX-13: 13.2 released

November 05, 2013

The antiX team is pleased to announce the second update of antiX-13 full version for 32 and 64 bit (codename "Luddite") based on Debian Stable/Wheezy. This update includes those made upstream in Debian Wheezy ( and various bugfixes specific to antiX. We have also included some new user-requested features for you to enjoy.

antiX changes:

To fit on a cd, some applications had to go. Of course, they can be installed using apt-get/synaptic.

  • Upgraded 3.7.10 kernel to include zRAM as requested by users.
  • alsa-oss removed.
  • exoodles removed.
  • gigolo removed.
  • gnome-cupertino-themes removed.
  • mhwaveedit removed.
  • ndisgtk removed.
  • ndiswrapper-common removed.
  • ndiswrapper-utils removed.
  • nfs-common removed.
  • osmo removed.
  • oss-compat removed.
  • pyneighborhood removed.
  • rpcbind removed.
  • zukitwo-themes removed.
  • bleachbit added.
  • firmware-ipw2x00 added.
  • photoprint added.


  • Connectshares - various improvements and fixes.
  • Fixed broken persistence with toram option.
  • Corrected old antiX repo mistake in 32 bit full version.
  • Fixed various jwm menu bugs.
  • Links to rox manual fixed in menus and documentation.
  • Changes to volume now saved when using persistence.

What's new!:

  • antiX repository now split into stable and testing. New address too.
  • Restructured menus for IceWM, JWM and fluxbox to be matched.
  • Tidied up menus.
  • Various enhancements to Rox-filer.
  • Included a script in antiX-Control Centre to set screen blanking.
  • Included Test Audio to the antiX-Control Centre.
  • Extra option in F4 live boot option for usb1.1 boot.
  • F5 live boot options changed to default, vesa, safe.
  • Option to set autologin when using the gui or cli installer.
  • IceWM-Control Centre matches style of antiX-Control Centre.

Users of antiX-13(.1) can just simply upgrade via apt.

  • apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

The new antiX repository should get updated automatically. If not, here is the new repo.

 # Use with Debian Wheezy repository. Set as default for antiX-13.2.
 deb stable main  
 # Use with Debian Testing (or Sid) repositories.
 #deb testing main 

and to make the following changes.

New kernel:

32 bit

 apt-get update && apt-get install linux-image-3.7.10-antix.5-486-smp linux-headers-3.7.10-antix.5-486-smp && update-grub

64 bit

 apt-get update && apt-get install linux-image-3.7.10-antix.5-amd64-smp linux-headers-3.7.10-antix.5-amd64-smp && update-grub

There is also a 3.11.5 kernel (gnu-libre and 'normal') available in the antiX repositories.

Menu changes:

  • Backup your ~/.icewm, ~/.jwm and ~/.fluxbox folders and also ~/.jwmrc
  • Copy /etc/skel/.icewm, /etc/skel/.jwm and /etc/skel/.fluxbox to ~/.icewm, ~/.jwm and ~/.fluxbox repectively.
  • Copy /etc/skel/.jwmrc to ~/.jwmrc
  • Remove the installer line at the end of each of the ~/.icewm, ~/.jwm and ~/.fluxbox menu files.

Connectshares changes:

  • Backup your ~/.config/connectshares folder.
  • Copy /etc/skel/.config/connectshares to ~/.config/connectshares

Rox enhancements:

  • Backup your ~/.config/ and ~/.config/ folders.
  • Copy /etc/skel/.config/ and menus2 files to ~/.config/
  • Copy /etc/skel/.config/ to ~/.config/


  • Backup your ~/.gtkrc-2.0 and ~/.gtkrc-2.0.mine (if it exists) files.
  • Copy /etc/skel/.gtkrc-2.0 and /etc/skel/.gtkrc-2.0.mine to ~/.gtkrc-2.0 and ~/.gtkrc-2.0.mine respectively.

A script to automate this will be made available.

anticapitalista, 05 November 2013, Thessaloniki

11 October 2013

If running antiX with Debian Testing and/or Sid repos, beware that an apt-get dist-upgrade will fail to install spacefm-common and a reboot will leave you out of X and probably with no network connection.

To fix or avoid, do apt-get -f install afterwards and you may need to reset your network using ceni.

It is also advisable to remove oss-compat as it causes a long delay when booting.

03 October 2013

Latest upgrade to antiX-13.1 full fixes a bug in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list (dev was in the repo line and it is now removed- thanks SamK for spotting it). However, youtube-viewer-antix may have got upgraded to the latest version. If you are using stable repos, this will break youtube-viewer.

Simple fix if broken:

apt-get purge youtube-viewer-antix

apt-get update (make sure your antix.list does NOT have dev and debian.list is set to stable/wheezy)

apt-get install youtube-viewer-antix

If you were running antiX with testing repos, youtube-viewer probably broke a while back, but the latest should fix it. It needs perl 5.18

20 June 2013

Updated antiX-13: 13.1 released

June 20th, 2013

The antiX team is pleased to announce the first update of antiX-13 (codename "Luddite") based on Debian Stable/Wheezy. This update includes those made upstream in Debian Wheezy ( and various bugfixes specific to antiX.

antiX Bugfixes:

  • 64 bit kernel recompiled so non-free drivers will build in Wheezy.
  • 64 bit alert message when booting 32 bit iso fixed.
  • 'ghost' window fix in IceWM.
  • gui installer should write correct grub entries for any other installed OS.
  • gui installer should set correct keyboard.
  • more options to enable/disable services at boot.
  • added cdw and calcurse to IceWM menu.
  • fixed missing icons from IceWM menu.
  • gufw firewall configuration fixed.
  • permissions of antiX applications set to root:root.
  • extra /lib/modules directory removed from live initrd.gz.
  • more informative live /init error messages.
  • added French translation to antixsources application.
  • added double size xmms bugfix to xmms-plugins
  • added more options to live fast boot cheats.

Users of antiX-13 can just simply upgrade via apt.

  • apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

and to make changes to the IceWM menu, simply copy the menu in /etc/skel/.icewm to ~/.icewm/ and remove the installer line at the end.

anticapitalista, 20 June 2013, Thessaloniki

02 June 2013

antiX-13 'Luddite' available.

10 months on from the release of antiX-12 series, we are pleased to announce the release of our antiX-13 series, code name Luddite.

NEW! - 64bit versions of core, base and full!

3 flavours available:

full (c690MB) - features 4 windows managers! IceWM(default), Fluxbox, JWM (all with or without a Rox or SpaceFM desktop) and wmii (pre-configured to get users started). LibreOffice 4 suite, EPDFView, osmo provide for office needs. Iceweasel 22 for browsing the Net and Claws-mail is included as our email client. XMMS is the default audio player, Streamtuner2 for audio streaming and gnome-mplayer defaults for video. File management is via Rox-filer and the new SpaceFM. Gucview for webcam, synaptic for gui package management, Yad, lots of useful scripts (eg smxi/inxi) and many other changes including the ability to create a live.iso snapshot of an installed system (thanks to the refracta-snapshot application). There are loads of applications available for a complete desktop experience, including many cli alternatives to the gui versions eg moc for audio, irssi for chat, mplayer for video, elinks for Internet browsing, and it all fits on a 700MB cd! We are still using grub-legacy, but users are free to install grub2 if they wish.

base (c400MB) - features Fluxbox, JWM and wmii. Iceweasel 22, base edition of antiX-control-centre, rox-filer, SpaceFM with udevil.

core (c135MB) - no X, cli-installer only. NOTE This is libre.

All use Debian Wheezy repos by default and all applications upgraded via Debian 'Wheezy' repositories up to 01 June 2013.

All versions use kernel 3.7.10 - customised for antiX to allow booting with PI and AMD K5/K6 CPUs.

A 3.9.2 kernel is also available in the antiX repositories.

All built from scratch using debootstrap and our live build scripts.

So, what's new in antiX-13?

Lots! Explore!

  • 64 bit flavour as well as 32 bit.
  • iceweasel-22.0 browser.
  • LibreOffice-4.
  • improved boot times, particularly when running live.
  • safer and faster shutdown, especially in live use.
  • customised live boot menu.
  • SpaceFM desktop integration.
  • live remaster scripts improved.
  • improvements to the antiX snapshot application.
  • dynamic fstab when running live.
  • xfs, jfs, ext2, btrfs file systems available in installers.
  • mupdf, a very fast and light pdf reader, included.
  • more options in meta-installer.
  • all ISO files built using antiX-build scripts to enable consistency and freshness.
  • many more!

All apps: apt-get dist-upgrade on 01 June 2013.

Some quick advice:

1. Choose your language before installation by pressing F2 at live boot grub.

2. Choose your prefered timezone by pressing F3 at live boot grub screen.

3. Have a read of the cheat options by pressing F1 at live boot grub screen.

4. Choose your preferred desktop environment by pressing F6 at live boot grub screen.

5. Use F5 to toggle graphics options.

6. F4 has extra cheats such as md5sum check and toram.

7. Use sgfxi (or smxi) to install nvidia/ATI drivers.

8. As antiX is a 'rolling release' distro it is advisable to run regular dist-upgrades. Using apt-get or install and use aptitude (but keep to one) from the command line is recommended, as is using the smxi script. Synaptic is best used for installing/upgrading individual packages.

9. You can safely use liquorix, aptosid, siduction and Debian kernels in antiX (if you wish). Use smxi.

10. You can set the autologin feature of SLiM in antiX Control Centre. You can also toggle F1 at the login screen to choose your desired desktop.

11. To install antiX to a usb device use the antix2usb gui application, UNetbootin or use dd for isohybrid.

12. Have a read of the antiX FAQ and the 'How To' articles at the antiX main site.

Thanks to everyone involved in antiX and especially to these people for work on antiX-13:

  • BitJam
  • Dave
  • Translators at antiX Launchpad and eselma (Catalan), secipolla (Brazilian), dark-D (Romanian), clandestine (Brazilian), bozhkov (Bulgarian), atcl (German), Hannes Worst (Dutch), Sombreros (French), megatotoro (Spanish), Spartak77 (Italian), Utopia (Swedish), Hosuli (Finnish), Kuvaly (Czech), Piotr Strębski (Polish), Sergiy Gavrylov (Ukrainian), michelmassoud (Arabic), Constantine Mousafiris (Greek) and all those who contributed translations to previous releases.
  • h2 (
  • afab4, CGarces, Eino, rokytnji, masinick, Dave, dark-D, dolphin_oracle, rust collector, Alanarchy, nadir, drg, SamK, male, mroot, Eperbab, peregrine, mrt-prodz, plvera, oldhoghead, eriefisher, lagopus, julian516, secipolla 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
  • carlops for hosting antiX at mepisimo.
  • lassekongo83 for the GTK3 theme Zukitwo.
  • David B. Cortarello for ktsuss.
  • Trizen for youtube-viewer.
  • Michael Deelwater for burniso.
  • David M. Thompson for exoodles.
  • for
  • tradetaxfree for zram script.
  • for
  • SamK for and JWM conguration files.
  • refracta team for snapshot scripts.

All artwork is from one of the following sources.

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...

anticapitalista Thessaloniki 02 June 2013.

24 November 2012

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xdelta3 patches can be found here:


antiX video guides by runwiththedolphin

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

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