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antiX M7.5
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Description: AntiX is a Debian based distribution derived from SimplyMEPIS, but designed to be smaller, faster, more flexible, and able to run on older software. To achieve these goals, antiX uses Fluxbox and IceWM instead of KDE for the default user interfaces.

For the M7.5 release, antiX has added a variety of new wallpaper options and new themes for both the Fluxbox and IceWM window managers, and it has improved the default menus in each of these window managers. In addition, the Control Center has been significantly improved to provide one access point for all of the routine system configuration and maintenance operations.

A significant amount of development and customization was performed to improve the appearance and navigation for the IceWM window manager, and a number of documents were added to the Help menus for both Fluxbox and IceWM to further assist users in using and customizing both window managers to suit their personal preferences.

A great system management utility, first introduced by Kanotix and current used by sidux, the smxi script, has been added to antiX for the M7.5 release. With this script you now have the option of using Debian and sidux kernels in addition to the standard MEPIS kernel, and you can add additional applications, including more window and desktop managers. The package management configuration files included commented out lines containing the Debian Sid repositories. Should you want to use them, uncomment the Sid lines and you can use smxi to create a hybrid distribution from antiX that resembles sidux.

I recommend this distribution. It makes a great Live CD, rescue CD, and fast every day installed system on older hardware, but it also makes a very good every day system, easily customized further to turn it into whatever best suits your needs.
Keywords: Live CD, Fluxbox, IceWM, Debian


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Old 08-27-2008, 12:50 PM   #1
masinick
 
Registered: Apr 2002
Distribution: Debian, sidux, antiX, SimplyMEPIS, Kubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, Xandros, Arch, and many others
Posts: 560

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: fast, flexible, customizable, Live CD
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antiX is a moderate sized Live CD based system. It uses up about half of a 700 MB CD in the full version, somewhat less than that for only the base kit. The software can run Live or installed to either a USB flash drive or a hard drive.

antiX is particularly useful on aging hardware that is starting to run slowly with heavy weight desktop managers. Instead of a desktop manager, the default antiX setup offers a choice of Fluxbox or IceWM, both noted as lightweight window managers. antiX has some of the best pre-configured Fluxbox and IceWM menus of any lightweight system, including very good documentation and well organized menus. antiX also has a very appealing assortment of wallpapers available, ranging from the default dark themes to some very pleasant scenery. But the main thing is that antiX works extremely well and is very adaptable, so that it can meet your needs without a huge amount of work on your part. It runs very smoothly and quickly. Finally, there are a great group of people associated with the antiX forums, beginning with anticapitalista, the primary developer, and the community, who have been very involved in the development and testing of all of the recent releases. It is their feedback that has led to this excellent system, and I heartily recommend it!
 
Old 11-20-2008, 07:53 AM   #2
Sandlin
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Distribution: Slackware 13.37, Puppy Linux, Vector Linux
Posts: 34

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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5

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Cons: Won't work on 450 Mhz CPU


This is a nice distro is you have just the right hardware, but I think it's a little complex for a newbie.
It claims it will run on older hardware, but I tried it on a 450 Mhz, ASUS mobo, and it said "the CPU is too old for the kernel". That puts me in the market for another distro that I can use to prolong the life of perfectly functioning unit with lots more use left, computer.
Anyone coming from a Windows environment, doesn't get the pon/poff business. They're used to simple; fill in the blanks and it connects.
 
Old 11-20-2008, 04:31 PM   #3
masinick
 
Registered: Apr 2002
Distribution: Debian, sidux, antiX, SimplyMEPIS, Kubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, Xandros, Arch, and many others
Posts: 560

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Sandlin, you may want to wait for antiX M8.0, which is in testing right now. It substitutes IceWM for Fluxbox as the default window manager, improves the appearance, and pays more attention to the beginning user. In addition, I have hopes that the new kernel will support additional hardware. I like the test release very much already. Though it may or may not meet your specific needs, I think that it will be at least worth another look when it comes out - fairly soon - possibly before year end.
 




  



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