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OS family Unix-like (based on Debian)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release antiX 17 "Heather Heyer" / October 24, 2017; 25 days ago (2017-10-24)
Update method APT
Package manager dpkg
Platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux kernel)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM, herbstluftwm, xfce
License GPL version 2
Official website

antiX is a Linux distribution built directly on Debian Stable.[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 package system and Debian-compatible repositories.[2]

System Requirements[edit]

  • Preferred: 256 MB of RAM and 1 GB of hard drive space.
  • Minimum: 128 MB of RAM and 1 GB of hard drive space.
  • Installation: 2.7 GB of hard drive space.

Besides the standard LIVE release, other versions of antiX are available (base and core), allowing installations with even lower amounts of RAM, hard drive space, overall hardware limitations.


antiX, Version 15, "Killah P", in use on a Tatung TWN-5213 CU.

antiX is available for both 32 and 64 bit architectures, and comes in 3 versions:

  • Full, which installs a full range of applications
  • Base, which allows the user to choose their own application suite.
  • Core-libre, which enables the user to have total control over the install

These three versions were joined by antiX MX in 2014, developed in cooperation with the MEPIS Community. It uses Xfce as the default desktop environment, is based directly on Debian Stable, is highly stable and gives solid performance from a medium-sized footprint. As of November 2016, MX Linux is now listed as a separate distro on DistroWatch.

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. Unlike Debian, antiX is "proudly systemd-free".[this quote needs a citation] systemd does not support old hardware very well due to its virtualization-based development.

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 MX-14.4 "Symbiosis" on 23 March 2015

Version 15 "Killah P" on 30 June 2015

Version MX-15 "Fusion" on 24 December 2015

Version 16 "Berta Cáceres" on 26 June 2016

Version 17 "Heather Heyer" on 24 October 2017

See also[edit]


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

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