antiX

antiX M11

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antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the "antiX Magic" in an environment suitable for old computers. So don't throw away that old computer yet! The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd.

At the moment antiX-M11 comes as a full distro (c680MB), a base distro (c360MB) and a new core distro (c115MB) all for 486 (PI and K5/K6 AMD) and 686 kernels. For those who wish to have total control over the install, use antiX-core and build up.

Present released version, 03 May 2011: antiX-M11 'Jayaben Desai' , antiX-M11-base and antiX-M11-core

Some quick advice:

1. Choose your language before installation by pressing F2 at live boot grub screen or typing lang=XX (XX= your language eg lang=ru).

2. Choose your prefered timezone by pressing F3 at live boot grub screen or typing tz=XX/YY (XX/YY = Continent/City eg tz=Europe/Athens).

3. Have a read of the cheat options by pressing F1 at live boot grub screen. See cheats below.

4. Default has nouveau disabled and vga is set to auto-detect. You may need to add cheats to get the screen resolution of your choice. Press F1 at live boot screen for options.

5. Use sgfxi (or smxi) to install nvidia/ATI drivers.

6. As antiX is a 'rolling release' distro it is advisable to run regular dist-upgrades. Using apt-get or install and use aptitude (but keep to one) from the command line is recommended, as is using the smxi script. Synaptic is best used for installing/upgrading individual packages.

7. You can safely use liquorix, aptosid and Debian kernels in antiX (if you wish). Use smxi.

8. You can set the autologin feature of SLiM in antiX Control Centre. You can also toggle F1 at the login screen to choose your desired desktop. Rox desktop (with icons) is available.

9. To install antiX to a usb device use the antix2usb-gui application or isohybrid.

10. Have a read of the antiX FAQ and the 'How To' articles at the antiX main site.

11. Cheatcode options that carry over to install.

  • desktop=fluxbox (or wmii, dwm for live)
  • dpi=xx (XX=a number. Default is 96)
  • noRox (Disables Rox desktop)