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My current distro favorites are antiX and sidux

Posted 09-05-2008 at 03:40 PM by masinick

I have preferred Debian based distributions for several years now. During 2008, two of them have really stood out for me, not for newbie appeal, but for a combination of simplicity, speed, great administration tools, and configurability.

My favorites this year are sidux and antiX.

sidux is what I call Debian Sid on steroids and mood stabilizers. Sid always has some of the most current software available, but occasionally the package versions get out of sync or create package synchronization issues. sidux does a terrific job of dealing with these things. There is also an optional, but integral script called smxi, which is used to ease the decision making in holding and installing updates. It also utilizes package groups, where an entire category of applications can be updated, managed, and cleaned up as needed.

Recently antiX added the smxi script as an available option as well, and this, coupled with some excellent packaging work, art work, documentation, and customization, has turned antiX from a very good distribution into a great distribution. It is now as flexible as sidux, and in some ways, perhaps even exceeds the capabilities of sidux because it also is built to work on old hardware, plus it makes an excellent recovery CD.

Two great distros, my two favorites for 2008.
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