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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; 3 months 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: 256 MB of RAM and 2.5 GB of hard drive space.
  • Minimum: 128 MB of RAM and 2.5 GB 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 stable 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.

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, also known as "MX Linux," is developed in cooperation with the Mepis Community, and uses Xfce as the default desktop. It is based directly on Debian Wheezy, is highly stable and gives solid performance from a medium-sized footprint.[3]

antiX was originally available in 2 versions:

  • Full, which installs a full range of applications
  • Base, which allows the user to choose their own application suite.

Except for the antiX MX, antiX releases now add a third flavour:

  • Core-libre, which enables the user to have total control over the install

These three versions are joined by antiX MX to offer a wide range of options to specific user audiences.


  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. 
  3. ^ Germain, Jack. "antiX Linux Doesn't Fool Around". LinuxInsider. ECT News Network, Inc. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 

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