antiX-19 Marielle Franco released
antiX-19 is based on Debian Buster and systemd-free.
As usual we offer the following systemd-free flavours for both 32 and 64 bit architecture.
antiX-full (c1.1GB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full libreoffice suite.
antiX-base (c700MB so fits on a cd) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm.
antiX-core (c350MB) – no X, but should support most wireless.
antiX-net (c200MB)- no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build.
The 32 bit version uses a non-pae kernel.
So what is included?
* Based on Debian Buster, but without systemd and libsystemd0.
* eudev (3.2.8) instead of systemd-udev
* Customised 4.9.193 kernel with fbcondecor splash
* libreoffice (6.1.5-3) (full version only)
* firefox-esr (60.9.0esr-1)
* claws-mail (3.17.3-2)
* cups for printing (full versions only)
* xmms -for audio
* gnome-mpv – for playing video
* smtube and mps-tube – play youtube videos without a using a browser
* streamlight-antix – stream videos with very low RAM usage.
* qpdfview – pdf reader
* formatusb, for formatting usb storage devices
* Set Date & Time, to make clock setting chores easier
* Papirus icons
* new wallpaper artwork
* updated video configurations via vcard boot code (F4).
* improved support for frugal installations on ntfs devices
* live system now boots with a informative text-based boot splash.
* “safe” video boot mode from live boot menus should get to X when all else fails.
File managers and desktop:
Convert your video and audio files with:
Connect to the net with:
* connman – *NEW* default on full and base editions
* gnome-ppp – for those still on dial-up
* ceni – default for core and base editions
* Midnight Commander
Tools for remastering and creating snapshots of installed system:
* remaster tools
* Codecs installer
* Network Sssistant
* User Manager
* ddm-mx – install nvidia drivers
* Repo Manager – choose your mirrors for faster downloading
* 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
* gdebi – gui tool to install .deb files (full versions only)
Why not try out our included ‘cli’ apps:
* Editors: nano and vim
* Newsreader: newsboat
* 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 options
Changes from antiX-17:
* connman replaces wicd and is default network manager on full and base editions
ceni (on core and net)is not included on full and base editions since it causes conflict with connman.
This means a faster boot with only a slight increase in RAM.
The connman gui is included in the startup file, but not enabled (to keep RAM usage down).
* More up to date look via a ‘new’ icon them papirus-antix. numix-square is also included.
* Ships with the very latest IceWM (1.5.5), herbstluftwm (0.7.2-1) and gnome-mpv (0.16-1)
* Using the 4.9.193 kernel. Latest 4.19.73 and 5.2.15 kernel versions easily installable.
* libpam-elogind-compat included (Thanks to the folks at Debian-init-diversity)
* roxterm replaces lxterminal
* various yad additions provided by community members eg yad-calendar
* various IceWM additions provided by community members eg icewm-toolbar-icon-manager.sh
* live grub rescue options (thanks to fehlix)
“You can now switch between Grub and Syslinux when you boot
the live system in legacy mode”.
* Time-saver and assembly line installer changes (thanks to AK-47)
Detaila here: Post-antiX-17.4 installer
* chroot-rescue added (thanks to BitJam)
“These programs are meant to supplement the fehlix live rescue system. The main thing is these allow you to get into a system even if its initrd.img is broken. It also let’s you get into multiple systems without rebooting”.
* isomount options (thanks BitJam)
“These programs are intended mainly for the command line. They make
it extrmely easy to examine antiX and MX iso file as well as iso
files from many other distros”.
* Various rox-filer right-click additions
* screenlight included (thanks to SamK)
* virtualbox-guest apps
* synaptic without zenity dependency
* gksu and gexec included/updated (thanks to skidoo)
* New live boot parameters (thanks BitJam)
Create a swap file at /live/boot-dev/swap-file. Size is in MiB
by default but
can take a long time because swap-file are not allowed to be
sparse. The default is to always use this swap partition unless
the “live_swap=all-off” cheat is used.
Disable automatically enabling swap partitions. This is now the
default for encyrpted live-usbs. The swwap file above is still
used since it is on the encryped partition.
Enable swap partitions even when encryption is used.
Disable all swap including the swap file above.
Do not mount /tmp as tmpfs
Live log files are saved under /root/Live-usb-storage/live-logs.
This parameter disables this feature. This feature is handy
because it automatically preserves the live log files across
reboots and makes them available if you mount the live-usb on a
When live-init runs from the intird during a live boot we
automatcally load cpu microdoe from the linuxfs file. You can
also prepend microcode to the live initrd.gz. This wil load it
right at boot time but it makes the iso file larger and makes
the boot slightly slower.
Enable static root persistence. Note “persist_static” now requires
both root and home persistence to be enabled. In the past, home
persistence was optional.
Same as above with frugal enabled as well so it means do a
frugal install with static root persistence.
* persistence sizes increased and the persist menu F5 now includes p_static_root and f_static_root (thanks BitJam)
* tsplash boot splash (live only, for now) (thanks BitJam)
“The boot parameter is splasht=. You can give it these arguments:
aA enable/disable everything
[sf] enable late fbcondecor
bB enable/disable border
vV enable/disable verbose progress
nN enable/disable nav instructions
For example “splasht=fa” would enable late fbcondecor and
would enable all the bells and whistles”.
* New live-usb-maker features (command-line only for now) (thanks BitJam)
Quick and easy way to format a data usb stick
Create a data parition as the first partition on the live-usb.
Typically this will be fat32 or or ntfs for transferring data to
and from Windows.
Cloning with “toram”
You can now clone a live system when the “toram” cheat was used
so you no longer need to have a 2nd usb-stick in order to
upgrade to a full-featured live-usb. You don’t have to do
anything special, just clone as usual and LUM will figure out if
“toram” was used or not and do the right thing. You CANNOT
clone persistence files this way. This only works on
antiX-19.b1 or later. It will also work on MX-19.* when that is
Update initrd on a live-usb
You can also update the live initrd directly from one of my
initrd repos (live-initrd or xlated-initrd) by specifying the
directory as the from parameter:
sudo live-usb-maker –from ../live-initrd/
This is mostly for development.
Please test and give feedback.
Post bugs here: Bugzilla
* sis drivers no longer work (we’ll see if we can get it working for later editions)
* Rox and spacefm desktop RAM usage is higher than expected
* connman does not connect to sdio bluetooth controller (rtl8723bs) on Intel Compute Stick STCK1A8LFC
* The presence of /etc/asound.conf causes repeated second long gaps in HDMI sound
* cli-installer needs to be upgraded before use on full and base. (core and net use the latest versions)
* Creating an encrypted live-USB fails unless an older version of Live_USB Maker is used. The version on antiX-17 does create an encrypted Live_USB of antiX-19
* Although the antiX FAQ has been updated, some parts may need further revision
Many thanks to the antiX team, testers, supporters, and translators.
Also many thanks to the MX Linux programmers for various applications ported to antiX.
anticapitalista, 17 October 2019, Thessaloniki
Get the iso from here