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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-16 "Metamorphosis" editions released on 13 December 2016 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

13 December 2016

MX-16 (Metamorphosis) released

The dev team of MX Linux is pleased to announce the release of MX-16 - code named "Metamorphosis".

Built on the reliable and stable Debian Jessie (8.6) base with extra enhancements from the antiX live system, it also comes with numerous up to date applications provided by the MX Linux packagers. Just like previous versions of MX, this release defaults to sysVinit.

Available in 32 and 64 bit. Both iso files weigh in at around 1.2GB in size.


Basic traits:

Kernels (secured against known vulnerabilities)

  • 32bit: Linux kernel 3.16 PAE or non-PAE. Very stable kernel for many machines.
  • 64bit: linux-image-4.7.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 (version 4.7.8-1). Recent stable kernel for newer machines.
  • Easy upgrade or downgrade with Package Installer


  • Debian Stable "Jessie" (8.6), upgraded by ongoing backports
  • Xfce 4.12.2
  • core antiX systems
  • Automatic enabling of most Broadcom drivers
  • UEFI installer (64bit)

Key default applications

  • Browser: Firefox 50.0.2
  • Video Player: VLC 2.2.4
  • Music Manager/Player: Clementine 1.3.1
  • Email client: Thunderbird 45.5.1
  • Office suite: LibreOffice 5.2.2
  • Backup: LuckyBackup 0.4.8
  • Security: Passwords and Keys 3.14.0
  • Terminal: Xfce4 Terminal 0.6.2

User Experience

  • Stable
  • Easy and flexible installation
  • Excellent hardware recognition
  • Automatic configuration for most users
  • One-click change of panel orientation and default theme
  • 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

MX Original Apps to make common tasks easier


  • Create Live USB
  • Remaster tool
  • Snapshot


  • Boot repair
  • Flash manager
  • Menu editor
  • User manager


  • Broadcom manager
  • Codecs installer
  • Default look
  • Panel orientation
  • Select sound
  • System sounds
  • Welcome


  • Apt notifier
  • Check Apt GPG
  • Debian Backports installer
  • Package installer
  • Repo manager
  • Test Repo installer


  • Find shares
  • Switch user
  • USB unmounter

One-click Extras with Package Installer

  • Children: Preschool, Primary, etc.
  • Graphics: ImageMagik, Inkscape, etc.
  • Network: Skype, Dropbox, etc.
  • Office: GnuCash, Adobe Reader, Calibre, etc.
  • System: KDE, LXDE, MATE, etc.
  • Audio: Audacity, DeaDBeeF, Pithos, etc.
  • Video: DVDStyler, MPlayer, OpenShot, etc

Advanced LiveUSB

  • Many new Live boot options
  • Run in Live mode in 10 languages
  • Easy Live-remaster to make a custom LiveUSB or your own version to distribute as an ISO
  • Three forms of Live persistence (i.e., what files are kept on the LiveUSB)
  • Easy "frugal" installation option
  • Simple creation of custom snapshots (as easy as: add/remove packages, change settings, take a snapshot)
  • Automatic check of LiveUSB file systems for integrity
  • Live kernel installer
  • Live usb maker

Enjoy and please post feedback over at the MX Linux forum.

anticapitalista, on behalf of the MX Linux team.

13 December, 2016, Thessaloniki.

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.



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-16 - 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-16 - edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mx.list

Ecuador, South America

 deb mx16 main non-free

Crete, Greece, Europe

 deb mx16 main non-free

The Netherlands, Europe

 deb mx16 main non-free

Taiwan, Asia

 deb mx16 main non-free

California, USA

 deb mx16 main non-free

Utah, USA

 deb mx16 non-free main


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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