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      16th place on DistroWatch and the Olymp is within reach. Date: March 2018. Of course, the ranking varies for a system that serves a niche, that’s very good.
      A distribution like AntiX seems to be what people need if they do not want to throw away working hardware. Such people do not want to make the garbage mountain bigger.

      What do you think about it?

      Brian Masinick

        Well, I am biased because I have been using antiX since it was first introduced, possibly even before the first formal release.

        In spite of my obvious interest, and those of many other people, the ranking, while favorable, indicates that we have a niche, a nice one, but it still represents a relatively modest market for what we create. There are quite a few distributions that have much larger forums and methods of distribution. I think that we do quite well, but jumping up in the rating is not a priority or a major source of motivation.

        What motivated me was (and still is) the ability to quickly and easily put together a nimble system that actually has the right software for my needs, and a group of people who are easy to share questions and suggestions with, minus the arguments and soap box noise that I have encountered in a couple of less “forgiving” places.

        I do appreciate your comments and favorable view of antiX.

        If at some point in time a person emerges who has an interest in creating something else or putting a marketing team together, perhaps those who are in charge, in particular anticapitalista, can decide what to do.

        Brian Masinick

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          First. We were pegged for advanced Users.
          Later on. We were fugly in reviews. Menu confusion.
          Then. Only good for old hardware.
          Then out of the blue. Developer politics were pooh poohed or dissed.

          All these things passed as time went by. Maybe this too will pass. I know we got a kick ass posse behind this distro now. But in the past. We had some good members also.
          As nonsystemd Debian distros go. This one takes the cake. Probably because MX package developers help us out.
          And are onboard with what we do.

          Anyways. That is my take on this survey. But like Masinick. I don’t have a free thinking bone in this body when it comes to this distro. They, the members, Developer, taught me things .

          Sometimes I drive a crooked road to get my mind straight.
          I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute off it.
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            I think Antix rocks…and if we keep helping each other figure out quirks
            and sometimes just plain curiosity with the software, It’ll only get bigger and better.
            The distrowatch number is nice, but what really matters is what current users are saying
            about using Antix and how they get nice help getting used to small desktops. I used to use
            Redhat and slackware back in the day (late 90’s early 2k)…still have the books too.
            That’s what helped me on building a kernel before seeing Skidoo’s links to Slashdot.
            I used the guidlines in my redhat bible and old Ubuntu 6 book. I only used live distros
            for a long time…mainly to boot and fix peoples’ XP and 7 computers, but also to see if
            hardware support was any better….video and wifi especially. I’m still getting used to
            using apt and dpkg along with small desktops like icewm and fluxbox, but just plain tired
            of the big and slow ones like Gnome, Cinnamon, and KDE with systemD forced. I have 3 custom Antix
            17 boxes up now with different hardware.
            1. Dell D610 laptop 2gb ram now with 32-bit-stretch and custom kernel
            2. Emachine 2gb ram with Amd Athalon 2650 cpu and sid repo
            3. A10 with 16gb ram and sid with custom kernel with xfce full also
            All work excellent and learned/relearned alot.
            btw I didn’t find Antix on Distrowatch…only found out when searching for distros without
            systemD for older hardwaren on duckduckgo.


              Usability is what matters. Not for nothing do distributions rise in rankings like mx or q4os and others. That’s what matters.
              Ubuntu is constantly changing everything and trying to score with fat, slow desktops like Gnome and KDE. These are very tough and do not add to the user-friendliness. Carnonical has to ask users what they want, but then they do something else. Small Distris like these are automatically closer to the user and can respond accordingly. The result shows that this way is the right one.
              AntiX is based on Debian but the implementation sets the tone. I also know Distris with SystemD as init. SysVinit was not the reason to try AntiX.

              I am not a professional who can build a kernel but I know how to help if it gets stuck here and there. A search engine helps me find a solution. I would describe myself as an advanced. Help for others in an English-speaking forum is difficult for me, since there is already a certain language barrier. I use a translation tool. 🙂

              A solution to get WICD in the Autostart I found here with the search function. :-))



                Any thoughts on this:
                Distro watch:
                Data span: last 7 days
                Rank Distribution HPD*
                1 Manjaro 3169 up
                2 Mint 2836 up
                3 MX Linux 1631 up
                4 Ubuntu 1569 up
                5 Debian 1557 dn
                6 Zorin 1548 up
                7 Solus 1360 dn
                8 elementary 1295 up
                9 antiX 1006 up
                10 Fedora 870 dn
                as of 7:15 pm today
                Top 10 and on the distrowatch torrent corner has got to be a good sign 🙂


                  Went from number 9 at 1006 hpd to number 7 at 1236 hpd 🙂

                  Distrowatch last 7 days

                  Page Hit Ranking
                  Data span: last 7 days
                  Rank Distribution HPD*

                  1 Manjaro 3221 dn
                  2 Mint 2867 up
                  3 Ubuntu 1581 dn
                  4 Debian 1475 dn
                  5 Solus 1339 dn
                  6 elementary 1299 dn
                  7 antiX 1236 up
                  8 MX Linux 1151 dn
                  9 Zorin 1038 dn
                  10 Fedora 883 dn

                  As of 5:09 pm mst time on 3-25-18


                    Whether antix is before or behind mx I do not care but the two distributions among the top 10 are great.
                    Thanks for your contribution.



                      A Happy New Year to everyone.

                      Another post for up and down as
                      of 10:30 pm on 1-1-19
                      MX at number one and antiX at number 5 🙂

                      Page Hit Ranking
                      Data span: Last 7 days
                      Rank 	Distribution 	HPD*
                      1 	+MX Linux 	3813>
                      2 	-Manjaro 	3632<
                      3 	-Mint 	        2344<
                      4 	+elementary 	1829>
                      5 	+antiX 	        1399>
                      6 	+Ubuntu 	1284>
                      7 	+Debian 	1163>
                      8 	+Solus 	         895>
                      9 	+Fedora 	 870>
                      10 	+openSUSE 	 761>

                      average rating search is 9.09


                        MX at number one and antiX at number 5

                        Congrats AntiX/MX teams on a significantly improved recognition by wider population of users!
                        Although IMHO it should be the other way round (AntiX # 1 and MX #5), this is a complementing pair of most dexterous distros by dev teams tightly working together… Both are close relatives after all…

                        Live antiX Boot Options (Previously posted by Xecure):


                          (This isn’t important much.)

                          There was a lot of inane jabber at Distrowatch this week about how the new #1 distro suuuucked. AntiX took some crossfire. One voice whimpering about “politics’ moved me to respond.

                          “First of all, I don’t think you have a very good handle on what ‘impose’ means. If you had been prompted at download time to click through an EULA indicating your hatred of fascists, maybe you could argue that it was an imposition. Especially if the downloading party was in fact a fascist.

                          But under the actual circumstances, there isn’t any imposing going on, except in your head.

                          Secondly, if you want to run a *pro*-capitalista operating system, all you have to do is run one that is, er, imposed on the world by a for-profit corporation, like Canonical, or Red Hat, or the ones in Cupertino and Redmond on the US West Coast. You have a wealth of choices, pardon the paronomasia.

                          Personally the fact that a distro I really like anyway is also playing at the edges with anarchic and rebellious imagery, and honoring people who we’ve lost fighting the best of fights … those are just small and delighting perqs.”

                          Anyway, I mean that last part sincerely, and I’ve wanted to say it for a while. So thanks, for the cold clinical technological work, and for the warm-blooded defense of what is right. Or left. You know what I mean.



                            The HPD rankings really mean nothing. They also change very quickly. You would need a way to measure total downloads(from all sources) and some how poll all those downloads to see if they actually install it. What about all of you who handed a buddy or coworker a usb stick and said “just plug this in and reboot”. It’s tough to get realistic numbers. DW just shows trends and they change rapidly.



                              (This isn’t important much.)

                              There was a lot of inane jabber at Distrowatch this week about how the new #1 distro suuuucked. AntiX took some crossfire. One voice whimpering about “politics’ moved me to respond.

                              Anyway, I mean that last part sincerely, and I’ve wanted to say it for a while. So thanks, for the cold clinical technological work, and for the warm-blooded defense of what is right. Or left. You know what I mean.


                              I can see why they would have that reaction, in fact, even I initially had that reaction when I saw the political bookmarks in the default Firefox installation. Over time I realised that, if Firefox can include bookmarks to sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc, it doesn’t hurt if anticapitalista includes sites that are slightly less weird than that. The only things political I can see in a fresh antiX install are the bookmarks and the codenames (allow me to suggest either “Edward Snowden” or “Vivien Kellems” for the next one). I am now starting to wonder if this could help in separating the boys and girls from the men and women.
                              I may not be an anticapitalist (ok, maybe just a little bit…) but I am libertarian, ie. freedom for all who do not unjustifiably harm others.

                              Other than that, kudos to anticapitalista and the antiX team for somehow managing to make a Linux OS as tiny as it is, while still being able to maintain reasonable functionality.


                                Good thing antiX is high on the list at distrowatch. This is the way I found this distro. I was looking for a lightweight modern distro but not Puppy. I think I’ve found my regular distro now 🙂

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