antiX-19-b1-full (64 and 32 bit) available

Our first beta build of the upcoming antiX-19 release, based on Debian Buster and systemd-free.

Ships with the usual applications, eg:

* Firefox-esr for web-browsing
* libre-office suite
* gnome-mpv video player
* xmms for audio playback
* roxterm
* rox-filer and spacefm
* geany, leafpad, vim-tiny and nano text editors

Get the iso from here

Changes from antiX-17:

* connman replaces wicd and is default.
ceni still included, but to use it you need to remove connman.
This means a faster boot with only a slight increase in RAM.
The connman gui is included in the startup file, but not enabled (to keep RAM usage down).

* More up to date look via a ‘new’ icon them papirus-antix. numix-square is also included.

* Ships with the very latest IceWM (1.5.5), herbstluftwm (0.7.2-1) and gnome-mpv (0.16-1)

* Using the 4.9.176 kernel. Latest 4.19 and 5.1 kernel versions easily installable.

* libpam-elogind-compat included (Thanks to the folks at Debian-init-diversity)

* roxterm replaces lxterminal

* live grub rescue options (thanks to fehlix)
“You can now switch between Grub and Syslinux when you boot
the live system in legacy mode”.

* Time-saver and assembly line installer changes (thanks to AK-47)
Detaila here: Post-antiX-17.4 installer

* chroot-rescue added (thanks to BitJam)
“These programs are meant to supplement the fehlix live rescue system. The main thing is these allow you to get into a system even if its initrd.img is broken. It also let’s you get into multiple systems without rebooting”.

* isomount options (thanks BitJam)
“These programs are intended mainly for the command line. They make
it extrmely easy to examine antiX and MX iso file as well as iso
files from many other distros”.

* Various rox-filer right-click additions

* screenlight included (thanks to SamK)

* virtualbox-guest apps 6.0.6-dfsg-1

* synaptic without zenity dependency

* gksu and gexec included/updated (thanks to skidoo)

* New live boot parameters (thanks BitJam)
Create a swap file at /live/boot-dev/swap-file. Size is in MiB
by default but M and G are also allowed. Creation
can take a long time because swap-file are not allowed to be
sparse. The default is to always use this swap partition unless
the “live_swap=all-off” cheat is used.

Disable automatically enabling swap partitions. This is now the
default for encyrpted live-usbs. The swwap file above is still
used since it is on the encryped partition.

Enable swap partitions even when encryption is used.

Disable all swap including the swap file above.

Do not mount /tmp as tmpfs

Live log files are saved under /root/Live-usb-storage/live-logs.
This parameter disables this feature. This feature is handy
because it automatically preserves the live log files across
reboots and makes them available if you mount the live-usb on a
host system.

When live-init runs from the intird during a live boot we
automatcally load cpu microdoe from the linuxfs file. You can
also prepend microcode to the live initrd.gz. This wil load it
right at boot time but it makes the iso file larger and makes
the boot slightly slower.

Enable static root persistence. Note “persist_static” now requires
both root and home persistence to be enabled. In the past, home
persistence was optional.

Same as above with frugal enabled as well so it means do a
frugal install with static root persistence.

* persistence sizes increased and the persist menu F5 now includes p_static_root and f_static_root (thanks BitJam)

* tsplash boot splash (live only, for now) (thanks BitJam)
“The boot parameter is splasht=. You can give it these arguments:

aA enable/disable everything
[sf] enable late fbcondecor
bB enable/disable border
vV enable/disable verbose progress
nN enable/disable nav instructions

For example “splasht=fa” would enable late fbcondecor and
would enable all the bells and whistles”.

* New live-usb-maker features (command-line only for now) (thanks BitJam)

Quick and easy way to format a data usb stick

Create a data parition as the first partition on the live-usb.
Typically this will be fat32 or or ntfs for transferring data to
and from Windows.

Cloning with “toram”
You can now clone a live system when the “toram” cheat was used
so you no longer need to have a 2nd usb-stick in order to
upgrade to a full-featured live-usb. You don’t have to do
anything special, just clone as usual and LUM will figure out if
“toram” was used or not and do the right thing. You CANNOT
clone persistence files this way. This only works on
antiX-19.b1 or later. It will also work on MX-19.* when that is

Update initrd on a live-usb
You can also update the live initrd directly from one of my
initrd repos (live-initrd or xlated-initrd) by specifying the
directory as the from parameter:

sudo live-usb-maker –from ../live-initrd/

This is mostly for development.

* Others

Please test and give feedback.

Post bugs here: Bugzilla

Known Issues:

* smtube and mps-tube need a newer version of youtube-dl (available in the repos)


anticapitalista, 13 June 2019, Thessaloniki

Kernel updates

A new set of kernels are available for 32 and 64 bit architectures for stretch, buster, testing and sid repos.

4.9.170 non-pae, pae and x64
4.19.36 non-pae, pae and x64
5.0.9 non-pae, pae and x64

antiX-17.4.1 now out

This is really just a bugfix point release to address the problem of the ‘Expired key’ that anyone downloading 17.4 would immediately have to fix.

As usual, the following completely systemd-free flavours for both 32 and 64 bit architecture are offered:

antiX-full (c1GB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full libreoffice suite.

antiX-base (c680MB so fits on a cd) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm.

antiX-core (c330MB) – no X, but should support most wireless.

antiX-net (c170MB)- no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build.

The 32 bit version uses a non-pae kernel.

See here for more details: antiX-17.4 series

Debian jessie repo changes (antiX-16 users)

This is for antiX-16 users.
Due to changes made in upstream Debian, a new apt-antix deb will arrive shortly.
You should be prompted to accept new changes or not.
The default is N(o). You should choose Y(yes) to get the new ones.

debian.list should now look like this

# Debian Stable. Default for antiX-16.
# Use for maximum stability INSTEAD of the ‘rolling’ TESTING release concept.
deb jessie main contrib non-free
#deb-src jessie main contrib non-free


# Debian Jessie Updates
deb jessie/updates main contrib non-free
#deb-src jessie/updates main contrib non-free

EXPKEYSIG error and fix

For those users getting the EXPKEYSIG error.

Method 1:

3 steps, in a terminal

1. wget ''


wget ''

2. sudo apt-key add antix-archive-keyring.asc

3. sudo apt-get update

Method 2:

1. Download antix-archive-keyring_20019.3.13_all.deb from here:

In the directory where you downloaded the deb install use gdebi to install or do this –

2. sudo dpkg -i antix-archive-keyring_20019.3.13_all.deb

3. sudo apt-get update

Several app upgrades coming

I have repackaged several antiX applications.
Most are due to new and improved translations (many thanks to all our translators).
eudev is a bugfix.

Upgrades should run smoothly, if prompted about desktop-session.conf, simply press Enter to keep your current version.

antiX-17.2 point release should be available early October.

non free debs separated from main in antiX repos

As a result of a request from one of our users, we have moved non free packages out of the antiX main folder to its own nonfree one. The new nonfree section applies to antiX stretch, testing and sid repos.

As you can see in the stretch nonfree repo antiX stretch/nonfree debs this includes a few packages, but for testing and sid only adobe-flashplugin.

Users should change their /etc/apt/sources.d/antix.list if you want to upgrade non-free debs to this:

# Use with Debian Stable/stretch repositories. Set as default for antiX-17. Note new repos
deb stretch main nosystemd nonfree

# Use with Debian Testing repositories.
#deb testing main nosystemd nonfree

# Use with Debian Sid repositories.
#deb stretch main nosystemd nonfree

Of course, if you want to be clean/libre than do not use nonfree nor non-free in debian.list in the repo lists.