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OS family Unix-like (based on Debian)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release antiX 14.4 ("Symbiosis") / March 23, 2015; 61 days ago (2015-03-23)
Update method APT
Package manager dpkg
Platforms i386 and AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM
License GPL version 2
Official website

antiX is a Linux distribution built directly on Debian testing.[1] It is comparatively lightweight and suitable for older computers, while also providing cutting edge kernel and applications, as well as updates and additions via the apt-get system and Debian-compatible repositories.[2]

System Requirements[edit]

Preferred system requirements are 256MB of RAM and 2.5GB of hard drive space. Minimum system requirements are 128MB of RAM and 2.5GB of hard drive space. Other versions of antiX are available (base and core) that allow for installation with lower amounts of RAM and hard drive space.

Release History[edit]

antiX is a Linux distribution, originally based on MEPIS which itself is based on the Debian testing distribution. It initially replaced the MEPIS KDE desktop environment with the Fluxbox and IceWM window managers, making it suitable for older, less powerful x86 based systems. antiX was originally available in 2 flavours: Full which installs a full range of applications, and Base which allows the user to choose their own application suite.

Version 6.5 "Spartacus" was released on 9 July 2007;

Version 7.0 "Lysistrata" on 30 October 2007;

Version 7.2 "Vetëvendosje" on 16 May 2008;

Version 7.5 "Toussaint Louverture" on 24 August 2008;

Version 8.0 "Intifada!" on 14 February 2009;

Version 8.2 "Tȟašúŋke Witkó" on 24 July 2009;

Version 8.5 "Marek Edelman" on 12 April 2010;

Version M11 "Jayaben Desai" on 3 May 2011;

Version 12 "Edelweißpiraten" on 7 August 2012;

Version 13 "Luddite" on 2 July 2013;

Version 14.4 "Symbiosis" on 23 March 2015;

The current stable version of antiX is version 14.4, which was released on March 23, 2015. This version is based directly on Debian Wheezy, though it is officially supported (and recommended) to use ONE of the three Debian repositories. Three flavours (full, base, and core-libre) are available, each suited to a specific user audience.


  1. ^ "Wiki antiX". antiX official website. antiX. Archived from the original on 29 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  2. ^ Storey, Robert. "Review: antiX M11". DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 434, 5 December 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

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