latest Palemoon in repos

Pale Moon 27.7.2 has landed in the main repository. Notably it further “fuzzes” the timer resolution to defeat any Spectre attacks.

Thanks to MX Linux packagers.

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


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