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jones5 04-22-2020 07:19 AM

Interested in trying live usb with AntiX - but no simple instruction how to do this from linux machine
I was interested in loading a usb with Antix and trying a live session. As a beginner I cannot find a simple way to do this. There is a section on the Antix website but it is a bit advanced and talks about bootloader selection etc but not much about the step by step to get the iso and load it onto the usb?

JWJones 04-22-2020 07:44 AM

As a beginner, your best bet may be to use something like Etcher to write the antiX .iso to a thumbdrive.

Then, when you reboot your computer with drive attached, you need to get it to boot from the thumbdrive. Usually, this involves doing something like hitting the F12 key during boot to choose your boot device (hard drive, DVD, or USB).

jones5 04-22-2020 07:57 AM

Thanks, Any idea which iso to download - there seems to be quite a few? Is there one that will work without too much adjustment ( wifi, video card drivers, upadates etc)

ondoho 04-22-2020 08:04 AM


Originally Posted by jones5 (Post 6114458)
Thanks, Any idea which iso to download - there seems to be quite a few?
"Which flavor to use"


Originally Posted by jones5 (Post 6114458)
Is there one that will work without too much adjustment ( wifi, video card drivers, upadates etc)

All of them.

fatmac 04-22-2020 08:40 AM

Basic instructions = download the .iso file > image copy it to the pendrive > make sure your computer will boot from USB before HDD > insert pendrive > boot computer

jones5 04-23-2020 06:17 AM

Thanks to all, will give it a try and report back.

jones5 05-01-2020 01:42 PM

Tried live usb base Antix. No Wifi and could not make it connect. Tried core Antix. Only command line and wanted to install on the HD? and asked for password. No instructions how to use as live OS? looking for something much more user friendly but was worth a try.

JWJones 05-02-2020 09:22 PM

antiX base is probably not a good start if you're a beginner. Actually, might I suggest MX-Linux? I think you would be better served with trying it out. It's going to be easier for you than antiX. It uses NetworkManager, which is better for beginners than ceni, which antiX uses (I actually prefer ceni, lower overhead than NM).

fatmac 05-03-2020 04:31 AM

AntiX now favours connman instead of ceni, which was my choice too, it is more difficult to use as you have to enable wifi before you can connect it.

As above, try MX, that is what I recommend for first timers. :)

ondoho 05-06-2020 01:15 AM


Originally Posted by jones5 (Post 6118130)
Tried live usb base Antix.

If you have a Wifi device whose manufacturer is throwing a wrench into opensource efforts it won't matter much which distro you try - you will have to fix it manually eventually.
Usually just a matter of a few websearches and one package installation.

beachboy2 05-07-2020 03:56 AM


I agree with you, use MX instead.

Why was ceni dropped in favour of connman?

For wifi to be disabled by default in connman is not a good idea in my view. It took me ages to discover that I needed to click on Technologies and then enable wifi.

jones5 05-07-2020 05:03 AM

Yes, I will try MX. Thanks for suggestions. I am not sure why wi-fi would be disabled? I do prefer opensource software but as usual it is a trade-off. Maybe all developers could think about beginners a little more after all it is where the future users will come from. Also think of oldies - why make all screens so small by default? Just a few ideas. I can see the hardware/proprietary manufacturers are trying to make things difficult though.

masinick 05-20-2020 01:58 PM

When you are a beginner, terminology, understanding what new, unknown terms mean, so something else that would be very useful as you learn is to read as many articles or books as possible about whatever kinds of technology you use. In this case, beginner books about Linux are plentiful, and many of them do a good job of getting you started.

I was a UNIX systems professional and I read about Linux for a couple years before I had the opportunity to get ahold of it. Back in those days - the mid 1990s, I did not yet have high speed wired networks, and it was even longer before I was able to regularly use high speed wireless networks, though when I was in the office I did have very good networks and tools for that time. So when I was back in the office after a leave of absence, my peers were also talking about Linux and one of my friends was handing out Linux CDs.

I took the time to go to a few bookstores, read some magazines and browsed books until I found a couple of books to help me out. In my case, I did not need a super easy book that would spare me from reading jargon. What I wanted were the specific technical details to help me install what I wanted.

I was able to copy a few things from the office, put them onto removable media, and that helped with a few of the chores necessary to get the best possible system running. Even so, there was a CD in a book describing Slackware. It turned out that when the book was published, the software they included didn't have full support of my graphics card on my new PC. It did have enough to give it low resolution 8 color images, so I got it running. Thanks to that work network, I searched for and found the drivers I was looking for, put then on media, took them home and installed them. This kind of activity would probably be way too daunting for a beginner that hasn't done their homework in advance. The distribution in 1995 was Slackware. It wasn't beyond someone's ability, even a beginner, to install - but ONLY if you did your research in advance. I probably had at least a half dozen sections marked off and I took notes so I'd know what to do. That, coupled with my prior UNIX experience, made the adventure easy and fun. Nevertheless, as I noted, my system didn't provide 256 colors (much less thousands of color variations that are available today. Yet because I did my own research in advance and continued to read when I encountered difficulty, I was able to get my system working with no outside help other than the materials I read in advance.

There may be some systems that are easy enough to punch a few buttons, press Enter 3-4 times and end up with a working system. That may be the fast way to at least get something up and running, but my own experience is to do your own personal research. In time, you'll be surprised to discover that you are able to experiment, make mistakes and by process of elimination, coupled with learning from each experiment, you can become very accomplished in most any endeavor, and certainly with Linux distributions. So my recommendation is to learn, regardless of which distributions you decide to use. Best wishes in your learning.

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