What is antiX and how to try it out or install it

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      How to test (and possibly install) antiX Linux, if you are a Windows user:

      This is not the ideal place to present this how-to, because if you are reading this, you probably already are using antiX, but here it goes (you can show this text to someone that is curious about Linux or thinking about installing antiX, or that guy that is still running Windows XP on a laptop from the Stone Age)

      **Some general notions:

      -What is Linux?
      Linux (technically, you should say GNU Linux) is used to refer to any Operating System that runs the Linux Kernel.

      -What is an Operating System?
      An Operating System (OS for short) is the software that runs you computer and allows you to interface with it. Picture this: your computer is just a piece of hardware, like your TV. Without the Software to tell your hardware what to do, it’s useless, like a TV not plugged to anything. In this analogy, the Operating System is like the TV programming that you can see – you can only use a TV when it’s connected to something (cable, an antenna, a box, a console, etc). Just like you can only use a Computer when it has an Operating System.

      -Is Linux just like Windows?
      They both are O.S.. You know of lots of O.S. already, even if you think you don’t- you know Windows (probably only Windows 10 and 11, if you are young, but there are lots of versions). Mac’s use their own O.S. – MacOS. Mobile devices use their own O.S.- android devices (phones, tablets, smart TV’s and smart TV boxes, even some e-book readers, like the Kindle Fire) use Android, Iphones and Ipads use IOS, old Nokia phones used Symbian OS, etc…
      Linux is an OS, just like Windows is, but it has a few differences:
      I mentioned Windows 10 and 11, and each one of these systems has Home and Pro versions- that makes 4 different Windows versions, right? But Microsoft still has Windows 8 (with Home and Pro versions). That’s 6 versions. You probably don’t know that each of those Windows also offers an Enterprise edition- so there are 9 different Windows versions (there are more than that, but there’s no need to get into more details).

      Linux? Linux has hundreds of Versions. Yes. I’m not exaggerating- many hundreds of versions. Each of those versions is called a Linux Distribution (Distro for short)
      There are a few Linux “families”, from which many Distros derive from. One of the most used “families” is Debian. But there’s also Arch, Suse, Red Hat, and more.
      You probably never heard about Debian. But if you ever heard about Linux, you probably heard about Ubuntu, or Linux Mint or MX Linux. Those “Distros” are based in Debian. In fact Ubuntu is based in Debian and Mint is based in Ubuntu. And there are Distros based in Mint…

      And while each Windows version (8, 10 and 11) has it’s own User Interface (UI), Linux has many possible interfaces.
      There are Desktop Environments (DE) – that include most of what the user perceives as the OS- the window management system, the toolbar, the menu system, the notification system, the video compositor, the log-in manager, the application “store”, etc. Some examples of the most used DE’s are KDE, Gnome and XFCE… But there are also OS that don’t waste system resources running a complete DE, but use only (floating) Window Managers (WM) – different programs that draw and manage the windows of everything the user sees in the OS. Some examples of floating Window Managers are Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM (antiX includes all three of them) and Openbox. Another option are Tilling Window Managers (like Herbstluftwm, that antiX also includes)- that usually open windows either in full screen or in some predefined or manually selected size (ex: half screen, a quarter of the screen, etc), to maximize the usage of screen real-state, and usually are keyboard driven…
      DE’s and WM’s are flexible and can be configured to look just like anything – they can be made to resemble (or “clone”) Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 10, Windows 11, different versions of MacOS, Android, some mix of those interfaces or something completely new and never seen before…
      That’s why almost no two Linux distros look exactly the same…
      Programs are installed in the different Linux “families” (not the exact term)- Debian, Arch, Red Hat, Void Linux, using different Packaging… Debian (and Ubuntu and antiX) for example, packages software in .deb packages. Windows packages software in .msi packages…
      Packages in one file format usually can’t be installed in a Distro that uses a different packaging system (ex: a .rpm package can’t be installed in a Debian system, like antiX).
      There are also some universal file packages- like appimages, flatpaks and snaps (snaps are not compatible with antiX), meant to run in almost every possible Linux System… Appimages are the Linux equivalent of portable applications, in Windows (one single compressed and self extracting file that includes almost everything the application needs to run).

      So… Is Linux just like Windows?… it can be, or it can be something completely different…
      Also despite applications made for a system not being compatible with a different system, Linux has software that allows it to run many applications made exclusively for Windows – WINE and Proton (that is derived from WINE and meant to run Windows only games in Linux). Currently Proton allows Linux users to play thousands of games made for Windows. Wine allows some Windows only applications (even including versions of MS Office and Photoshop) to run in Linux, although sometimes not perfectly…
      Almost 100% of DOS software can run in Linux using an emulator called DosBox ( included, out of the box in antiX Full).

      -Why are there so many Linux Distributions?
      Because Linux is not just free (hell, Windows 10 and 11 are usually “free”, you can use unlicensed- and limited versions- for private use and MS will do nothing against you, even if you are not exactly complying with their User License Agreement)… Linux is Open Source – that means that it’s code is publicly available- that you can do what you want with it (according to different Open Source Licenses), copy it, change it, adapt it to do what you want, usually the only drawback is that the end result of those changes has to also use the same Open Source licenses.
      So, when someone needed an OS to manage a Server, a Linux Distro was created for that…
      Do you need an OS that is meant to be just a media player, to stream audio and video? a Linux Distro was made for that…
      So you need an OS that is free and looks just like Windows 98? A Linux Distro was made for that too…
      And you want an OS that looks just like Windows 10 or 11? You guessed it, there are Linux Distros that do that…
      And you want a MacOS clone? There are Linux Distros like that…
      Do you want to use your computer mainly for gaming, like a Console- just turn on the computer and access your games? There are Linux Distros for that…
      Are you Russian? Or Chinese? Or Korean? Or Portuguese?… and want an OS tailored for your particular language and needs? Those Linux Distros already exist!
      Are you an “Anna Montana” fan and want an OS just around that? Someone created one such Linux Distro…
      Do you have a computer that is old and want to keep it working? Someone made a Linux Distro like that. Several, in fact. One of them, and the best, in my particular opinion, is antiX Linux. antiX is a GNU Linux Operating System based on Debian (antiX 21 is based on Debian 11)-

      -Why use antiX?
      antiX was made to keep very old computers still useful. Even computers that are 20 years old (or even more) can be used to navigate web pages, stream YouTube videos, listen to music, view videos, read e-books or pdf’s, use office suites (that are extremely compatible with Ms Office), write/read e-mails, use instant messaging services, play casual games, play vintage DOS and Windows games, etc…
      And if extremely old computers can run antiX, most extremely modern computer can too. Picture this: you can have a computer with a single core CPU, and less than 1gb of RAM that allows you to navigate the Web using a modern browser, have a word processor open and listen to radio/mp3 files, and have a File Manager running, and a Solitaire card game running and still have free RAM. Modern Windows OS need more than 1gb of RAM just to simply run the system itself…
      And if you can run all that with a single CPU and less than 1 gb of RAM, if you are running antiX on a system with more than 1 CPU and more than 1gb of RAM, those resources are free to be used to perform any task you need.
      Linux is not really magic, not even antiX – it can’t make a 20 years old computer play the latest Tomb Raider game in full HD, at 60 frames per second… That requires simply more processing power than that device has. But you can use antiX on a computer that is over 10 years old and use the modern Web. Do you know what runs on the modern web? Streaming Games Platforms, like Google Stadia and Xbox. If your computer has resources enough to run those webpages, then you *can* play the latest Tomb Raider, almost like you were using a latest generation gaming console.
      You can use antiX for work- if you work on-line (using on-line office suites, etc)- you can use probably the crappiest 64bits computer with at least 1gb of RAM (if your computer has more than 1 CPU core and more than 1 gb of RAM, it’s a safe bet that you can run anything the modern Web throws at you, at least at the time I’m writing this), and most existing Linux applications.
      You can use streaming video services like Netflix (if your computer is running a 64bits antiX version, because Google, that provides the software that allows browser to access DRM streaming video has blocked 32bits Linux OS from using it, on the latest upgrade).
      If your computer has enough resources you can even play thousands of Windows only games- some running better than in Windows it self.
      If you need a particular piece of software that can run on Linux, then you have no need to use any other OS.
      Also, because the Linux source code is Open Source – any bugs or frailties it may have, tend to be patched faster than in closed sources OS- there are thousands of programmers looking at (“inspecting”) the Linux source code- some are criminals, looking for something they can exploit… but for every criminal there are many honest persons that report and problem and help fix it. Also, in an Open Source OS, people do know what the system is doing… How can you know, for example, if your system is logging every single character you type, or sending every single web site you visit to a server somewhere? Well, on a closed source system, you never know (unless someone with inside knowledge or gathering info from indirect means, like monitoring network connections, warns the public), but on the Open Source world, someone, sooner rather than later, catches on to what the code is doing and rings the alarm in no time – so Open Source software tends not only to have more Security but also to be more Privacy respecting. Even if a particular Open Source application does not respect your privacy, someone will pick up it’s source code and create a new, more privacy respecting version of the same application… (a new version of an application, based on it’s source code but with a different name is called a “fork“, and it happens all the time, in the Open Source World, and for many reasons, some as trivial as just changing the application name that you just don’t like)

      -Who should not use antiX
      If you are perfectly happy with the OS you are running (Windows or any other Linux Distro), stick to it.
      If a particular piece of hardware (a printer, a scanner, a card reader, etc) only has drivers (software that allows a device to work with a computer) for your current OS, stick to it. You can’t demand that “Linux has to make xyz work” – There is no single magic “Linux” developer that does that because manufacturers of devices are responsible for the creation of the drivers they need – since they alone know exactly how the hardware they produce works. [HP printers, for example, work great in Linux. Nvidia, on the other hand, refuses to make their drivers open source and the drivers they currently make available for Linux are inferior to those available for Windows]
      If you need a particular piece of software that is not (yet) available under Linux: like MS Excel Macros, Adobe Photoshop, CAD or accounting software, certain games etc – don’t use Linux, or, at the very least, have a dual boot system (more on that below). More advanced users, and with powerful enough computers can run a virtual MS Windows version inside Linux – but that usually is much slower than running Windows directly. There are free and open source alternatives for most commercial applications.
      But “alternatives” are not the same as the “real deal” – if you spent years learning to be proficient in Photoshop, it probably won’t be efficient relearning how to do your work in Gimp, even that allows you to save software subscription fees…

      “It sounds great! How do I try antiX Linux?” you may ask…
      Well most Linux Distros (antiX included) allow you do to something that you probably are not used to- they can run without even being installed!
      It may seem strange, but that’s true. You can “boot” (this means to starting running the system) your computer from a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, pen-drive or external hard-drive, that has the antiX system saved in a particular way that allows you computer to start from it, and run the system. It behaves just like the real installed system (but it may run way slower if you are running it from CD/DVD or very slow USB devices) – this is called a “live” system.
      There is a special way to save the antiX system to USB devices (pen-drives and external hard drives) that allows you to save any changes that you do- you can create documents, install applications, etc, just like in a “installed system”. This is called “persistence” (the changes you make persist even across reboots, even if you plug your pen-drive on a different computer, etc).

      Once you are running an antiX live system, you have the option to install it to your hard drive.

      To do all that you do need to follow some steps that may require that you understand some principles and can perform some actions. There is no single Manual that says- just do this…

      **1- Downloading antiX:
      1.1- Please note that this tutorial assumes that you are a Windows user (probably a Windows 10 user). Open your web browser and navigate to the antix download page: http://antixlinux.com/download/ and pick the server nearest to you (so you can download the needed files faster)
      1.2- You’ll see a simple web page that lists lots of files. You need to select which file you want to download – currently the latest version is antiX 21, so pick one that starts with “antiX-21″… If you have a very old computer, that is 32bits, you’ll have to select a file that has “_386” on the name. Most users can select the 64bits version (that has “x64” on the file name). Each version of antiX comes in a few flavours- “Full” includes most of the stuff you may need- select that one if you intend to install/test antiX using a DVD-ROM or an USB pen drive.
      The file you want to download has the “.iso” extension, that is about 1.4Gb
      Example – download the file “http://ftp.di.uminho.pt/pub/mxlinux/ISOs/ANTIX/Final/antiX-21/antiX-21_x64-full.iso
      Wait until the file is downloaded, it may take a while on a slow network connection.

      Checking the integrity of the .iso file– The other (tiny) files that have similar names to the iso are meant to confirm if the .iso file you downloaded is not corrupted- If you don’t know how to do this (fully optional) step , you can read how to check the integrity of the .iso file you downloaded here: http://antixlinuxfan.miraheze.org/wiki/How_to_install#Verification_of_the_integrity_of_the_ISO_file
      Please note that probably most failed OS installations are due to trying to install from corrupted .iso’s!!!

      **2- “Burning” antiX to a bootable media:
      Note: If you are using an extremely old computer, it may not support booting directly from an USB device, only from CD/DVD. On the other side, more modern devices don’t even come with an optical drive!
      2.1- You’ll have to save the .iso file you downloaded to a blank CD_ROM/DVD-ROM or pen drive. This process is called “burn” – the expression comes from the CD-ROM days (before USB pen-drives)- info was “burned” into the reflective surface of the disk using a laser. Sometimes the same expression is still used, even when saving iso images to USB pen-drives…
      This is were things may begin to differ from user to user…
      2.1.1- If you are “burning” the iso file to a CD-ROM/DVD-ROM – insert your disk in the CD/DVD recorder and open the software you use to “burn” disks. Select the option to burn an iso file and select the antiX .iso file you downloaded. Wait for iso file to be saved to the disk…
      2.1.2– If you are “burning” the iso file to an USB pen-drive/external disk – insert the device you want to use. WARNING – this process ERASES ALL INFORMATION ON THE USB DEVICE!!! – and use an application that “burns” isos to pen-drive. In Windows you can use, for example Etcher (available here: http://www.etchersoft.com/download/#). You have to make sure you have Etcher or a similar application installed and open it. Select the option to burn your antiX .iso file to the USB device and wait until the process is finished.
      NOTE: Even if you don’t have a computer with a working OS, you can download the .iso and create a USB bootable pendrive using an android device – there’s a short, but very nice tutorial on how to do that here (by Moddit): https://www.antixforum.com/forums/topic/create-live-media-with-smartphone-successful/#post-79573

      **3: Booting into antiX live media
      This step differs even more from user to user, depending on the computer that is being used. You may have to configure the computer to boot (to start running the system) from the optical disk/pendrive where you burned antiX…
      3.1- Exit your system, completely shutting it down. In Windows 10 you have to hold down the SHIFT key on your keyboard and click the “Shut down” option in the Windows Start Menu (or on the log in screen)
      3.2- Boot your computer.
      3.2.1- In case your computer is already configured to boot from the media that you saved the antiX iso to, it will display the antiX boot screen. If that happens, jump to step 4.
      3.2.2.- If you just see the regular Windows boot screen, you’ll have to let Windows boot and exit it again, repeating step 3.1.
      Boot your computer and again and see if the boot screen, that shows up for some moments before the Windows screen says something about about pressing a key to enter the “boot menu/device/etc”. If it does, press that key, before the Windows Screen pops up, and select to boot from the media here you burned the antiX iso in (the optical disk or USB device). If you are successful, the computer will display the antiX boot screen. If that happens, jump to step 4.
      3.2.3- If when your computer boots it does not display any indication on how to select “boot menu/device/etc” it will probably tell you to press a certain key to configure the device’s motherboard options.
      Once you enter the motherboard options menu, be very careful – don’t change anything unless it’s about “boot devices” “boot order” or something similar – take notes about that the default setting is (or take a picture with your phone).
      Change the boot order so the computer first tries to boot from the optical drive or the USB device (if you burned antiX to a DVD select the DVD as the first boot device, if you burned antiX to a pen-drive, select the USB device related entry first). Make sure that after the second boot device is your hard drive. Select the option to save the changes you just made (again, the way to do that depends on your computer’s brand and model) and reboot.

      NOTE: The keys regularly used to enter the boot option/boot configuration are F8, F10, F12, etc- you can search for that info on your computer’s user manual or on-line.

      **4: Running antiX in live mode and possibly installing it:
      By default, the system boots in English. If you wish to use some other language, press the F2 key and, using the keyboard, select your language.
      antiX 21 has 2 Kernels to boot from- a Legacy kernel (for older devices) and a Modern Kernel (for newer devices). The first boot screen allows you to choose which kernel you want antiX to use. Usually go with the default option, then you’ll reach the second, and main, boot screen, with more options- if you don’t want to change any setting (don’t do it unless you really have to), or after you select your language (if don’t want to use English), press enter on the first option on the menu (“Normal Boot”), to start loading antiX.
      P.S.- There’s a Youtube video that shows the boot and install process: http://youtu.be/5z-SYlouQZM?t=10 (you only need to see the video from the 10 seconds mark until the 5 minutes mark. Yes, just 5 minutes to boot antiX for the first time, take a look at the menu, install it and reboot the computer to the newly installed antiX 21 OS – it probably will take you longer to read the rest of this tutorial than to view the relevant part of that video…)
      4.1- Loading antiX – when loading antiX from a “live” media, the boot process is different from when you are using an “installed” antiX system. In the “live” boot, you get to see some text roll by and then a simple GUI that shows one line on the middle of the screen that tells you what is happening.

      4.2- Using antiX “live” – after some moments, you’ll see the antiX desktop – it’s similar to Windows – it has a toolbar on the bottom, with a clock on the right side, you see a wallpaper, and desktop icons. If you are using the default settings, there is also a menu button on the left side of the toolbar, that you can click to access the menu. It’s, in the default antiX settings, a Category driven menu, that has a few generic entries – like Web browser, etc, and then all applications are organized into categories, inside de “Applications” menu entry.
      You can configure your Wi-Fi network (if need be) and test the web browser (the compass looking icon, on the toolbar).
      If you are using an USB antiX bootable media and you burned the iso in such a way that it can store changes, you can save files to a special folder on the “demo” user folder.
      If you want to use real persistence, you’ll have to configure that option (there are how-to’s on that, on the forum and the antiX wiki)

      4.3- Installing antiX – You can, at any point, when using antiX in Live mode, install antiX to your hard drive.
      To start installing antiX click the “Install” icon available in the default antiX desktop (it looks like a CD with an arrow pointing down). You can also start the installer using the antiX Menu > Control Centre > Disks Tab > Install antiX Linux.
      If you choose to install antiX, first you’ll have to confirm (or change) the keyboard settings. Then you are given the choice to which disk you want to install to (only if you have more than one hard drive) and to do a “Regular install using the entire disk” or “Customize the disk layout”.
      This last option allows you to keep your current system -Windows and all your existing files and documents and install antiX side by side. If you do that, it’s called “Dual booting“- every time you reboot your computer you can select if you want to use antiX or Windows. But that process is relatively complex. Don’t do it without making sure to backup every important file you have in your computer!!!
      WARNING 1: if you select the option to install to the entire hard drive your hard drive will be formatted and everything that’s on it erased! (I’m simplifying for all you Windows users, but take this warning seriously)
      WARNING 2: If you want to run antiX side by side with Windows and/or keep the files you currently have on your hard disk and you don’t know how to create or manage disk partitions, ask the help of some computer savvy person- run antiX live all you want but don’t try to install it if you have stuff you want to keep from your old system and don’t have backups.
      After this selection regarding the hard drive partitions, the installer is extremely easy to use – just answer the questions you are asked.
      [Note: when answering the following questions, the install process will continue. If you are a slow typist there’s a good chance that, when you answered every thing, the installation is done or very close to being done…]
      Select your “Computer name” and “Computer Domain” (choose any names you want)
      Select your username and password,
      You’ll be asked if you want to “Auto-login” – if you don’t choose this option, you’ll have to enter your password each time you turn on your computer.
      You will also be asked if you want to setup a “Root (administrator) account”– if this is enabled, you’ll be asked to enter your root password every time you want to do any major change to your computer – like installing or removing software or changing some important setting- it’s a very nice security feature.
      Basically the installer asks the same simple questions, that you are used to if you ever installed Windows or bought a computer with Windows pre-installed and had to set the system up.
      Save live desktop changes: If you choose this option, you can keep all the changes you made in the Live session (the language selection, any package you installed, the Wi-Fi configuration, etc).
      You can also keep using the Live session after you install antiX to your hard drive or select the option “Automatically reboot the system when the installer is closed

      **5- Exiting Live mode
      5- If you don’t want to run antiX in live mode (either because you installed it to your hard drive OR you want to use Windows, remember to remove the media you are using to boot into antiX live (the USB device or the optical disk) before rebooting your computer:
      5.1- If you are using a pen-drive – shut down your computer using the exit menu options. Once the computer is completely off, you can remove the USB device and reboot your computer.
      5.2- If you are using an optical disk (CD-ROM or DVD-ROM)- shutdown antiX and usually the optical disk is ejected. (If it’s not ejected, for some reason, when rebooting the computer, eject the optical disk, so it can boot into the internal drive).

      If you did a dual boot installation, when you boot your computer, you’ll be able to select if you want to run antiX or Windows.
      If you did a full disk install, you’ll only have several options to boot antiX
      If you did not install antiX, when you boot your computer (and don’t have the antiX live boot media inserted in your computer), you’ll run Windows.

      Note: some motherboards (I have one of those), when you press the key to select the boot device, require you to set the boot order back to first try to boot from the hard drive, once you want to reboot from the hard drive…


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      Brian Masinick

        Another great topic in the antiX series for those who are finding out about our distribution. Thank you once again PPC!

        Brian Masinick


          Excellent article!

          confirmed antiX frugaler, since 2019


            I agree. Excellent!

            Daily driver distro https://www.antixforum.com

            Brian Masinick

              I pointed to this excellent thread on my blog at http://brianmasinick.blogspot.com/ and also at http://usalug-org.blogspot.com/

              Brian Masinick


                Thanks for the positive feedback!

                I know it’s a huge Post, but I tried to condense most of what I wish I’d known when I decided to start testing, dual booting and then be a Linux only user. I’ve not found, anywhere (maybe I didn’t look hard enough) a single tutorial that summed up all the steps that a regular Windows user has to follow in order to experience Linux on their computers, or a single place where I could learn most of the “lingo” that experienced Linux users take for granted…

                I also noticed that (because non of my systems is new enough to require it)- some computers may require an extra step:

                3.2.0 – Disabling Safe Boot – some more recent computers (say with less than 10 years or so), can require you to disable a setting called “Safe Boot” – some motherboards only allow you to boot to OS that have been whitelisted – many Linux Distros are not on that whitelist, so you can’t boot into them unless you turn off that security feature.
                There are nice tutorials on-line about that: http://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/disabling-secure-boot?view=windows-11 and http://www.appgeeker.com/recovery/disable-uefi-secure-boot-in-windows-10.html
                The second link is nice because it also has pictures that show what the menus that allow you to change your motherboard settings (the motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI menu) look like- most computer users never even seen them. It has screenshots of the HP, Asus, Acer and ASRock BIOS/UEFI menus…

                EDIT: As far as I can tell, some versions of antiX (like 19.5) can boot with Secure Boot enabled, but antiX 21 (at least currently) seems to require Secure Boot to be disabled. You can read more, on (fairly complex) ways to solve that here: https://www.antixforum.com/forums/topic/secure-boot-option/#post-70262
                If you want to install antiX 21, probably the best way to do it, is changing the UEFI settings (if you can do it- you probably can’t if you are using a locked down company computer… If you can’t change those settings, please try using antiX 19.5).


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                Brian Masinick

                  Thanks again PPC. Your thorough documents are very good and have been helpful to me and many others too.

                  I appreciate everything you do!

                  Brian Masinick

                  Brian Masinick

                    You know, the EDIT section on your post, PPC, just may give me a potential way to get antiX on my newest computer, an Acer Aspire 5 Model A515-55.
                    I’ve been able to install MX Linux, but ONLY the one with AHS (Advanced Hardware Support) enabled, but not stock MX Linux 21. I’ve been able to install siduction, EndeavourOS, PCLinuxOS, and MX Linux 21 AHS.

                    Now I’m gonna see if my USB stick with antiX 19.5 will be recognized, and if I can boot from it. We’ll see; I may still need some hardware support, but maybe it’ll work.

                    Brian Masinick

                    Brian Masinick

                      Oh well, I tried it, and it was a “no go!” This Acer Aspire 5 A515-55 is the FIRST and only piece of Intel or AMD hardware that I’ve been unable to run with antiX.
                      Fortunately that is not a big problem, because I have FOUR older computers that DO work well with antiX:

                      1) My previous main laptop, the Dell Inspiron 5558. I’ve been using antiX 21 “runit” on that system. This hardware used to have a large capacity 8 TB HDD, which I PULLED out and replaced it with a 480 GB SDD, still more than enough from which I can run at least 3-4 distributions. This system is ROCK solid, on the heavy side, was starting to show signs of age, but when I put in the SSD in place of the HDD it gave it NEW LIFE. I had been HOPING that there was space for two drives; sadly, the only other media sources available for that are either SD cards or removable USN drives. However, when I put the SDD in place, I actually got a nice speed boost, at the expense of less disk space, a reasonable trade to keep it affordable. Now even though my Acer won’t work with antiX, my Dell works better than ever with antiX, so that’s a WIN!

                      2) I have a really nice Lenovo X201 laptop. It doesn’t have backlit keys, but it’s just as solid as my Dell, maybe EVEN MORE so. I made that a one boot system – I’m pretty sure I put antiX 19.5 on it, but whichever antiX release I chose, it’s antiX ONLY!

                      3) I have an old HP desktop and an old HP laptop – I *THINK* this old beast may have been one of the system lines that HP acquired with the Digital Equipment/Tandem Computer/Compaq acquisition, because I once had a 5000 series line that was from Compaq. Anyway, this old (laptop) thing has a hinge between the display and the keyboard that’s half broken, but the system still works, and you guessed it, I put antiX on BOTH of ’em and they work! Also, the desktop has a pretty nice monitor; though the graphics card is pretty low res capability, the screen is nice and the desktop system actually works pretty well; the last DESKTOP I OWNED was a Dell Dimension 4100; that’s where I put my first versions of MEPIS and antiX, so it’s nice to have one (though it’s in the corner and I pull it out every so often, just to test out the old stuff!

                      Brian Masinick

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