Yes, you read it right.
Thanks to the great work by the Devuan project package team, I have managed to fork their version of network-manager to antiX stretch (not testing or sid).
You must install eudev for it to work.
apt-get update && apt-get install eudev && apt-get install network-manager
Once installed you will need to make sure /etc/network/interfaces file only contain the following.
# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
iface lo inet loopback
Post to let us know how well it works on systemd-free antiX-17.