antiX-17.1 released

antiX-17.1 (Heather Heyer) released

This is primarily an upgrade of antiX-17 with a new Meltdown/Spectre patched kernel and a few new applications for users to enjoy.

As usual we offer the following completely systemd-free flavours for both 32 and 64 bit architecture.

antiX-full (c800MB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full libreoffice suite.

antiX-base (c650MB so fits on a cd) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm.

antiX-core (c320 MB) – no X, but should support most wireless.

antiX-net (c150MB)- no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build.

The 32 bit version uses a non-pae kernel.

So what has changed since antiX-17 release?

* new 4.9.87 patched for Meltdown/Spectre kernel
* all packages upgraded to Debian 9.4
* elogind now included on full and base flavours
* eudev updated from 3.2 to 3.5
* firefox-esr upgraded to 52.7.1
* libreoffice version 5.2.7-1 (full only)
* xf86-video-sisimedia-antix – latest version for sis graphics
* improved localization including new languages offered eg Amharic
* many more

New!

* repo-manager – ported from MX Linux – gui to easily set up default repositories.
* antix-viewer – ported from mx-viewer – very simple viewer to display an URL
* live-usb-maker-gui-antix – ported from MX Linux as a front end to the antiX live-usb-maker application.

So, why should I use antiX?

* systemd-free!
* fast
* stable
* flexible
* light on system resources
* Install to harddrive,
* Set up and run live from an encrypted stick with persistence and remaster
* Frugal install on a partition.
* Option to run bleeding edge Debian Testing (buster) or sid.

The choice is yours!

The most extensive live usb on the planet!

So what is included?

Lots! Explore!

* Based on Debian Stretch, but without systemd and libsystemd0.
* eudev instead of systemd-udev
* Customised kernel with fbcondecor splash
* libreoffice (full version only)
* firefox-esr
* claws-mail
* systemd-free cups for printing
* xmms -for audio
* gnome-mpv – for playing video
* smtube – play youtube videos without a using a browser
* streamlight-antix – stream videos with very low RAM usage.
* evince – pdf reader
* latest adobe-flashplugin
* arc-theme

File managers and desktop:

* spacefm
* rox-filer

Convert your video and audio files with:

* winff
* asunder

Connect to the net with:

* ceni – default
* wicd – turned off by default. Use F4 at the live boot menu and choose wicd to turn it on.
* gnome-ppp – if you are still on dial-up

Editors:

* geany
* leafpad
* Midnight Commander
* vim-tiny
* nano

Tools for remastering and creating snapshots of installed system:

* iso-snapshot
* remaster tools

General tools:

* bootrepair
* codecs installer
* broadcom-manager
* ddm-mx – install nvidia drivers
* repo-manager

Others:

* 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.
* Xfburn for burning cd/dvd
* connectshares-antix for network shares
* droopy-antix – an easy way to transfer files over the net.
* mirage – image viewer
* package-installer – install applications easily and safely
* antiX Control Centre – an easy way to do just about anything!
* streamtuner2 – listen to streaming radio
* cherrytree – note taking application
* lxkeymap – gui to set system localisation
* fskbsetting – gui to set live localisation

Why not try out our included ‘cli’ apps:

* Editors: nano and vim
* Newsreader: newsbeuter
* Chat: irssi
* Audio player: mocp
* Radio: pmrp
* Video player: mpv
* Youtube video: mps-youtube
* Audio ripper: abcde
* Torrent: rtorrent
* Cd burner: cdw
* Writer: Wordgrinder
* cli-aptiX – command line synaptics
* live-kernel-updater – update kernel when running live
* backlight-brightness – usefull tool for laptops
* antiX-cli-cc – command line control centre

Cool in-house antiX apps available in the repos:

* 1-to-1-voice-antix – Voice chat between two pcs via encrypted mumble
* 1-to-1-assistance-antix – Remote access help application
* ssh-conduit – Remote resources via an ssh encrypted connection

”Great ”’LiveUSB”’ features:”

o fast boot times without systemd
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
o encrypted live usb

Many thanks to the antiX team, testers, supporters, and translators.
Also many thanks to the MX Linux programmers for various applications ported to antiX.

Enjoy antiX-17.1!

anticapitalista, 18 March 2018, Thessaloniki.

Many Upgrades

antiX-17.1 will be released very soon and that means quite a lot of updates for existing antiX-17 users.
Most upgrades are bug fixes or translation improvements.

These are probably the most important upgrades to keep an eye on.

dbus
eudev (in dev repo for now)
elogind
live-usb-maker-gui-antix (Yes it really is called that!)

volumeicon-alsa-legacy in repos

I have added an older gtk2 version of the volumeicon application for antiX-17 and antiX-16 users.
The present one (gtk3) uses too much RAM in my opinion, whereas this version uses c10MB less!

apt-get install volumeicon-alsa-legacy

will automatically replace the existing one with the newer legacy version.

elogind available

For those who which to tinker, elogind is available for antiX-17 users.

elogind is the systemd project’s logind, extracted to a standalone package. It’s designed for users who prefer a non-systemd init system, but still want to use popular software such as KDE/Wayland or GNOME that otherwise hard-depends on systemd.

“spectre” and “meltdown” – security kernel upgrades

Now available in antiX stretch, testing and sid repos are security fixes for the ‘meltdown’ and ‘spectre’ kernel vulnerabilities. These versions are available.

4.14.14 (64bit and 32 bit pae)
4.9.77 (64 bit, pae and non-pae-486)

Unfortunately, I have not been able to patch the 4.10-5 kernel (antiX-17 default) or the 4.4 version (antiX-16 series).

Those using antiX-17 have these options at the moment.

1. Use the 4.14.14 kernel
2. Use the 4.9.77.antix.1 kernel (This *should work the same as default 4.10.5)
4. Use a patched Debian, MX, siduction kernel
5. Do nothing (not advised).

antiX-16/16.1/16.2 users have these options.

1. Use the 4.9.77.antix.1 kernel now in jessie repo
2. Use the 4.4.109 kernel. This was built from Ubuntu 4.4.109 source
3. Use a patched Debian kernel (3.16.0-5)
4. Do nothing (not advised)

antiX-13/13.2/13.2 users have these options.

1. Use a patched Debian kernel (3.2.0-5)
2. Do nothing (not advised)

For more information on ‘spectre’ and ‘meltdown’ have a read of this

spectre_flaws_explained

Keep in mind that there are not yet kernel patches available anywhere for all spectre variants and it may be some time before there are.

edited on 18 January 2018 to show latest versions – anticapitalista

antiX-16.3-full iso files available

I have made available updated point-release 3 iso files of antiX-16 (jessie) series – full versions only – for 32 and 64 bit arches. This is basically antiX-16.2 plus over 250 MB of upgrades.

Both isos fit on a cd.

If you already are using antiX-16 (16.1, 16.2) series, there is no need to replace your install with this newer version.

Get files from here

antiX-16.3 (Berta Cáceres) point release available

Bug fix version including all updates from Debian Jessie and security patched kernels.
Debian 8.10 (jessie), but systemd-free! And it fits on a cd! Great LiveUSB features!
Customised 4.4.10 LTS kernel with fbcondecor splash

antiX has been designed to be fast, light on resources and flexible.

Install it to hard drive, run it live from a stick or run as a frugal install on a partition.

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 52.5.2
claws-mail 3.13.0
xmms -for audio
gnome-mplayer – for playing video
smtube 17.5.0 – 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

Editors:

geany
leafpad
Midnight Commander

Tools for remastering and creating snapshots of installed system:

iso-snapshot
remaster tools
Unetbootin
antix2usb
live-usb-maker
live-kernel-updater

Others:

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