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  • #1 - Always have used antiX
  • #2 - Discovered antiX from MX-Linux
  • #3 - Learned about antiX from X-Y-Zz website
  • #4 - None of the Above (write-in comment)

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      Hey there. I’ve messed around w/ antiX a little bit and I like it so far. I feel like I notice a diff between this and MX-Linux 23, where this is using less resources and seems to function a lot more smoothly running from the USB drive. I’m about to install it properly (with Userid) onto yet a different USB thumb drive right now.
      So far so good though!

      What command do I want to run to get the “quick system info” stuff you want to see?

      Cheers! I look forward to participating.

      • This topic was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by ajaxStardust.

        I learned about Linux when searching on-line for lighter Linux Distros, because my desktop computer was running slow (I had Mint installed)


          I’ve been looking for another distribution after updating my Debian in 2016. My computer would completely crash from time to time in a totally random way with nothing special in the logs. I ended up trying something without systemd, and it worked with antiX.


            Hello ajaxStardust,

            For antiX,a similar tool to “Qsi(Quick System Info)” is “PC infomation”.
            Menu-> Control Centre->Hard ware->PC infomation.
            Menu->Applications->System->PC infomation.

            Or inxi in terminal.


              Or inxi in terminal

              I prefer verdy’s recomendation to use inxi. inxi is amazing. It can provide brief or verbose output of specific categories or the entire system.

              inxi -v7xz > inxi.txt

              Attach the resulting inxi.txt file when asking for help. I would recommend taking the time to get to know inxi for it is also useful in troubleshooting independently or posting here on the forum.

              It’s developer, h2, regularly updates inxi and frequents the forum.

              Forum Admin

                Have not only or always used antiX.

                Reviews used to bother me . ” Only for advanced users ”

                It sure got simpler to use over years. My chromebook I am posting really likes this distro now.

                $ inxi -Fxz
                  Kernel: 6.1.60-antix.1-amd64-smp arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
                    v: 12.2.0 Desktop: IceWM v: 3.4.5 Distro: antiX-23.1-runit_x64-full Arditi
                    del Popolo 26 January 2024 base: Debian GNU/Linux 12 (bookworm)
                  Type: Laptop System: GOOGLE product: Candy v: 1.0
                    serial: <superuser required>
                  Mobo: GOOGLE model: Candy v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
                    UEFI: coreboot v: MrChromebox-4.18.1 date: 10/27/2022
                  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 41.6 Wh (100.0%) condition: 41.6/44.5 Wh (93.5%)
                    volts: 12.8 min: 11.4 model: Samsung DELL XK status: full
                  Info: dual core model: Intel Celeron N2840 bits: 64 type: MCP
                    arch: Silvermont rev: 8 cache: L1: 112 KiB L2: 1024 KiB
                  Speed (MHz): avg: 875 high: 1250 min/max: 500/2582 cores: 1: 500 2: 1250
                    bogomips: 8666
                  Flags: ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
                  Device-1: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display
                    driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen-7 bus-ID: 00:02.0
                  Device-2: Suyin Integrated_Webcam_HD driver: uvcvideo type: USB
                    bus-ID: 1-3:3
                  Display: server: X.Org v: driver: X: loaded: modesetting
                    unloaded: fbdev,vesa dri: crocus gpu: i915 resolution: 1366x768~60Hz
                  API: EGL v: 1.5 drivers: crocus,swrast platforms:
                    active: gbm,x11,surfaceless,device inactive: wayland
                  API: OpenGL v: 4.2 vendor: intel mesa v: 22.3.6 glx-v: 1.4
                    direct-render: yes renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics (BYT)
                  Device-1: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio
                    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
                  API: ALSA v: k6.1.60-antix.1-amd64-smp status: kernel-api
                  Server-1: PipeWire v: 1.0.1 status: active
                  Device-1: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0
                  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
                  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB
                    bus-ID: 1-4:5
                  Report: hciconfig ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: <filter> bt-v: 4.0
                    lmp-v: 6
                  Local Storage: total: 72.63 GiB used: 5.13 GiB (7.1%)
                  ID-1: /dev/mmcblk0 vendor: SanDisk model: SD64G size: 57.95 GiB
                  ID-2: /dev/mmcblk1 vendor: Hynix model: HAG2e size: 14.68 GiB
                  ID-1: / size: 12.56 GiB used: 4.86 GiB (38.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/mmcblk1p4
                  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 598.8 MiB used: 288 KiB (0.0%) fs: vfat
                    dev: /dev/mmcblk1p2
                  ID-3: /home size: 56.74 GiB used: 275.5 MiB (0.5%) fs: ext4
                    dev: /dev/mmcblk0p1
                  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 1001 MiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
                    dev: /dev/mmcblk1p3
                  System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C mobo: N/A
                  Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A
                  Processes: 146 Uptime: 52m Memory: total: 4 GiB available: 3.75 GiB
                  used: 1.62 GiB (43.2%) Init: runit runlevel: 2 Compilers: gcc: 12.2.0
                  Packages: 1713 Shell: Bash v: 5.2.15 inxi: 3.3.31

                Sometimes I drive a crooked road to get my mind straight.
                I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute off it.
                Motorcycle racing is rocket science.

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                Brian Masinick

                  @rokytnji glad that you are getting better results.

                  If you happened to see my “Whatever” topic recently, you may have noticed that earlier this week I messed up my HP-14.
                  Though I’ve had my “eye” on a 13th generation Intel iCore based HP-14 to potentially “replace” this system, I wasn’t
                  realistically planning to do anything like that immediately, though the current prices are not “too bad”, with a
                  few models under $600, but that may be $400-500 more than most people want to spend, and though I could probably
                  “sneak it in”, as a retiree I don’t have an unlimited amount of discretionary cash just waiting to satisfy a hobby
                  when the stuff I have works just fine, so I was pretty bothered when the HP-14 acted up.

                  Turns out it was REALLY easy to fix; something turned on secure boot; I just had to disable secure boot in the UEFI
                  settings and the problem went away.

                  So I’m back “humming” with the HP-14, and NO, I’m not going for that 13th gen system YET; could be 14th or 15th
                  gen if they keep similar prices in 2-3 more years. (or I can *wish*).

                  Brian Masinick

                  Forum Admin

                    You sound like me Brian. My 2 cats are my mysterious computer problems. They knock stuff on the floor and begin playing.

                    You know I try and keep my computer purchases under a 100 dollars. Makes me work harder though.

                    Sometimes I drive a crooked road to get my mind straight.
                    I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute off it.
                    Motorcycle racing is rocket science.

                    Linux Registered User # 475019
                    How to Search for AntiX solutions to your problems

                    Brian Masinick

                      If I had unlimited resources or I was a lonely bachelor I would probably get a different computer every year. The truth is that it would be a wasteful hobby and I do resist the temptation to go crazy with new hardware.

                      When I do get something different, about half the time they are someone else’s junk or a great sale on a line that is coming out with a newer model.

                      Brian Masinick


                        I came from SuSe, buntu short, mint longer time, Manjaro, Arch, Debian, sparky and a few less known,
                        better forgotten.

                        Only using antiX for several years now. Consider it the best of the best.
                        Locally promoting plus supporting, several antiX users plus one user on MX.

                        • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by Xunzi_23.
                        Brian Masinick

                          I came from SuSe, buntu short, mint longer time, Manjaro, Arch, Debian, sparky and a few less known,
                          better forgotten.

                          Only using antiX for several years now. Consider it the best of the best.
                          Locally promoting plus supporting, several antiX users plus one user on MX.

                          This old fellow started in 1995 with Slackware; I got my first images from a book, which had a CD if I remember right.
                          From that, in those “ancient days” we had to create a root and a boot 3 1/2″ removable drive images, and start the
                          system from them, then the CD would read afterward. The book had some older stuff, which meant that I had to find
                          the updated drivers from the Internet. Fortunately my UNIX workstation in the office also had a port for that same
                          3 1/2″ removable drive, plus a CD drive and two hard drives so I was able to do a few things with it, get an improved
                          video driver, which then made Slackware go from 680×400 and 8 colors up to 1024×768 with 256 colors! Ah, those were
                          the days.

                          The Slackware I used allowed me to add the fvwm-crystal to the base fvwm, which made it both a “fast” and flexible
                          system by the standard of the day. I did this on a Micron P100, a nice 100 MHz desktop computer system, my FIRST
                          for personal use, though I already had over fifteen years of professional experience, plus some tweaking in the
                          high school days and a four year undergraduate degree.

                          I DUAL booted Slackware with the “Start Me Up” version of Windows – started with Windows for Workgroups 3.11, which
                          I updated to “Start Me Up” Windows 95. That was the one where they truly introduced networking in most of their
                          products, without any serious security implementation; it ran well, it simply wasn’t secure; fortunately the
                          “world at large” was not yet on the networks, which were originally built for physics, mathematics and computer

                          I didn’t get into other distributions for a few more years. In 1998 I tried out Mandrake, but Caldera openLinux
                          eDesktop 2.4 was one of the first I used with a Toshiba laptop that I obtained a year or two later. I think it
                          was the Toshiba laptop that I used for most of my graduate studies between 1999-2001, and around that time a
                          computer geek friend of mine arranged for me and a couple of other geeks to write some articles for Ziff Davis
                          Media, who had a publication then called Extreme Tech.

                          It was then that I developed an interest in a couple of Canadian-based distributions, both of which had significant
                          value-added capabilities on top of Debian. Prior to trying these out, Debian was too old and didn’t have current
                          enough device support, without redoing that “install your own device drivers” stuff that I figured out once.

                          That move put me into the Debian style of system packaging. The two distributions that helped in that process
                          were Libranet and Xandros. Our comparison work checked out desktop versions of Mandrake (I think it was 8.0 at
                          the time), Red Hat Linux (before the Fedora and Enterprise Linux efforts), SUSE (desktop) and Libranet.

                          I rated Mandrake in those days as one of the easiest systems to get running without a lot of issues.
                          Red Hat had fewer easy to use apps and had slower performance on the system I used for testing.
                          SUSE in those days was much slower and had some package instabilities – how time changes things!
                          The Mandrake of that era changed names, lost employees, and has not been anywhere near as good as
                          the others over the past two decades. SUSE has done really well and has nicely differentiated desktop
                          and consumer versions versus corporate business systems, and their systems are solid, stable, and have
                          multiple versions to suit specific needs.

                          Jon Danzig from Libranet unexpectedly became ill and passed away. The company that worked with Xandros
                          eventually merged with Corel, and that company was eventually purchased and liquidated into something else.

                          Meanwhile, each of these distributions had a significant effect on others. Two distributions emerged that
                          greatly added improvements to the Debian landscape: Kanotix and KNOPPIX. The first one spawned at least three
                          cutting edge Debian Sid derivatives, one of which, siduction, is still available today. That tree was the one
                          I used for years (mostly when it was sidux) to hone my Debian skills. KNOPPIX I kept handy as one of my
                          “Swiss Army Knife” distributions to run live and/or fix problems. A distribution named “SystemRescue” can
                          do these things today too.

                          Oh yes, when I wrote for Ziff Davis Media, they GAVE me a Dell Dimension 4100 desktop computer, to which I added
                          a second hard drive, and between 2001-2009 I literally tested hundreds of versions of Linux systems and certainly
                          more than fifty different ones, but over the course of time I probably have used over a hundred distributions.

                          I definitely had my favorites. I loved to use Debian Sid, so for years I kept one of those Libranet systems
                          as the starting point for my Debian Sid distribution, and then I used sidux and siduction after that.
                          I’d always keep a very stable Debian-based distribution, but PLAIN Debian was often TOO old; Simply MEPIS, from
                          around 2003 to 2011 was that system for me. The “Simply” was added, I believe, in 2004 after a successful test
                          run for a year or two before that; when “Simply MEPIS” became available, it was a full, complete desktop system,
                          but it was arguably the lightest DESKTOP system that was also stable and efficient. To that cutting edge
                          Libranet/sidux/siduction and stable “Simply MEPIS”, I added antiX, once it became available a few years later.

                          Given that MEPIS ran on the Stable repo and siduction (Sid family) ran on the “unstable” repo, I generally put
                          my antiX images, once they became available, on the Testing repo, and therefore I had all except the rare
                          “Experimental” repos covered.

                          After 2011, a newer version of MEPIS was started but stalled in 2012; that is when Warren Woodford took a
                          profitable assignment; I believe it was with a prominent law firm, but I lost track. I think it may
                          have been 2013 when @anticapitalista joined forces with Adrian, Rich, Jerry and others from the “MEPIS
                          Lovers Community” to put together their FIRST version of MX Linux; I know for CERTAIN that there was an
                          MX-14; I may still have old CDs that will confirm some of this.

                          Around the same time that MEPIS stalled and was replaced by MX Linux, my UNIX and Linux work in computer
                          and financial services firms also stalled, so I moved back to my home state of Michigan, and it was there
                          that I joined Ally Financial Services after a few very short-lived assignments and I worked there on several
                          projects until my retirement in early 2018.

                          Since then I’ve slowed my distro work, and I have instead chosen to discuss systems, and assist this forum
                          in those discussions.

                          Brian Masinick

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