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The main AntiX is a re-spin Debian stable of with the Ice window manager, originally intended to keep very small computers in use. This version is a re-spin of Mepis with the Xfce desktop, aimed at the medium-sized machine.
The boot screen enables you to set the language, time-zone, and various other parameters. If AntiX is run without installation, it can be copied to RAM for extra speed, and persistence can be used on a USB device to save settings and extra software. Installation can be done from the boot screen with a command line, or from the live session with the excellent Mepis installer. This gives a guide to each stage and even allows services like spamassassin and bluetooth to be selected. This seems to be the lightest Xfce distro, and I would suggest minimum requirements of a Pentium III, 256MB of RAM, and a 5MB HD.
Xfce is set up with a single panel on the left-hand side of the screen: my preference, but rarely used as the default. The panel comes with an analogue clock that is hard to see and the Whisker menu, which doesn’t strike me as likely to appeal to admirers of Xfce, but these are easily changed. The programs provided include LibreOffice, VLC, Clementine, Claws-mail, and QupZilla web-browser. All were bug-free, and the media codecs, flash plugin, and spell-checker were installed. The file manager, Thunar, has a useful plugin which enables directories and files to be opened as root.
There were a lot of updates available, so I installed them. After 20 minutes, I wondered why it was taking so long and asked Synaptic to show details. It was only then that I found it had been waiting for me to answer a question, of which I was naturally unaware! Of course, that sort of thing is just one of the eccentricities of Debian, for which AntiX cannot be blamed. Another is the usual struggle to set up my USB speakers.
This is a useful addition to the stable of Xfce distros, as well as being ideal for computers which are not as young as they were.