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I also wrote to DistroWatch to let them know about it, and wrote to their comments page.
Why do I like AntiX so much? Well, it is very easy to install. It uses the same installation program as SimplyMEPIS, which means that you can first try it out as a Live CD to see if it works for you. It is lighter than SimplyMEPIS, which means that it loads even faster than SimplyMEPIS, so it makes a great Live CD to carry around.
You can install it to a small USB device and carry it around with you. If you want, there are tools available to create your own custom, remastered version. There are the excellent smxi family of tools that originally come from the Kanotix and sidux projects. There are excellent tools from the SimplyMEPIS and Absolute Linux projects as well.
All of this is not just thrown together, it is crafted into a nicely integrated set of packages that complement one another very well. The art work is very good and comes from a community of very talented artists. The localization work comes directly from the AntiX community. This is truly a collaborative work. It functions amazingly well. It is smaller than the usual full, often bloated versions of software available elsewhere, and it works exceedingly well - fast and functional. I highly recommend it!
Distribution: Debian, antiX, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and many others
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
Very fast, flexible, easy to install, easy to remaster
If you are looking for a much faster than average, relatively lightweight distribution, capable of running either from Live CD, USB stick, or directly from disk, this is a top candidate to consider.
The antiX project has always included the Fluxbox window manager. Recent releases have added the IceWM window manager, and that is now the default window manager. The change from Fluxbox to IceWM as the default window manager, though both are available, improves ease of use for the relative novice user who may have a five year old system that they want to run well. This software is perfect for that.
Those who like to tinker will also have reasons to look at antiX. There are excellent tools from the SimplyMEPIS, sidux, and Absolute Linux projects. One particular tool that I would like to highlight is the sidux inspired smxi tool. This one is not so much for the novice, it is more for the person who wants to get the most out of their system. With smxi, you can modify system kernels, and get sidux kernels with the latest hardware support, you can modify the graphics characteristics of your system, and you can examine the hardware.
The antiX system benefits from the excellent hardware support of both the MEPIS kernel and the optional sidux kernels. If you want to use a wireless network, you have an excellent chance of getting yours working with sidux. The firmware wireless support is outstanding, but if you do run into issues, antiX offers the common ndiswrapper fall back strategy, so there is no reason you cannot get your wireless adapter to work with antiX.
If you like to do a lot of multimedia work, this distribution will work with you. You can enable the Debian Multimedia repository to add additional media features not included on the packaged distribution. With the full multimedia features enabled, you can watch DVDs and view pictures and movies as much as you want.
There are no glaring weaknesses in the antiX software. Whether it suits your needs is more a matter of taste - this system can be modified to do nearly anything, so it makes a great starting point. For many people it does the job great, just as packaged by anticapitalista and the antiX community.