Lightweight Linux Distribution antiX-17 Released!

One of the best lightweight Linux distributions, antiX has just released its latest version, antiX-17 code-named “Heather Heyer”.

The new release is based on Debian 9.2. Like Devuan Linux, antiX is one of the systemd-free Linux distributions.

AntiX-17 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit processors which is not surprising because it focuses on supporting older hardware. It can support Pentium III computers with a minimum 256 MB RAM requirement. The installer needs a minimum of 2.7 GB hard drive space to run.

You can either install it on a hard disk or run live from an encrypted stick with persistence and remaster. It can be also used as a fast-booting rescue CD

antiX comes in 4 flavors:

  • ”’antiX-full”’ (c800MB) -4 windows managers – IceWM (default), Fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full LibreOffice suite.
  • ”’antiX-base”’ (c620MB) -4 windows managers – IceWM (default), Fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm.
  • ”’antiX-core”’ (c310MB) – no X, but should support most wireless adapters.
  • ”’antiX-net”’ (c150MB) – no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build.”

New features in AntiX-17 Heather Heyer

Highlights of the new release are:

  • Live Bootloaders: antiX distro makes provision for legacy, 32-bit UEFI and 64-bit UEFI live bootloaders. The bootloaders provide popup menus that could be easily customized. Unlike other distros, it provides an “F8 Save” feature that saves your choices after reboots.
  • The distro is Debian Stretch based and comes without systemd and libsystemd0
  • udev has been replaced with eudev 3.2-4
  • Video player: gnome-mplayer
  • Introduced smtube for playing YouTube videos without using browser
  • streamlight-antix lets you streamline videos with little RAM usage
  • Convert video and audio files using winff and asunder
  • You can update kernel when running live using live-kernel-updater

antiX-17 also contains in-house apps in its repos. You have 1-to-1-voice-antix that lets voice chats between two pcs through an encrypted mumble. It also includes a remote access help application, 1-to-1-assistance-antix as well as ssh-conduit for remote resources through an ssh encrypted connection.

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Get antiX-17

Download any of the 4 “Flavours” of antiX-17 for both 32-bit and 64-bit processors from the link below:

Download antiX

Do share your experience in the comment box below if you have tried antiX-17.