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antiX – fast and lightweight systemd-free Linux live CD distribution

antiX is billed as a fast, lightweight and easy to install systemd-free linux live CD distribution based on Debian Stable for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems.

The full version of AntiX is supplied with a wide range of applications, accessories, and utilities. Besides many applications which are very frugal, the distro also includes modern apps, as well as a modern kernel. There are three other versions available (base, core, and net), with the latter two being provided without X Windows.

Yet antiX has extremely low system requirements. It can run on computers with a mere 256MB of RAM, but at least 512MB of RAM is recommended. Finding a machine with such low memory is a challenge in itself.

antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue cd and works extremely well running ‘live’ with or without ‘persistence’ on a usb stick or ‘frugal’ on a hard drive.

While antiX is based on Debian, it doesn’t use systemd. Instead you can choose between SysVinit or Runit.

antiX in action

Working state:Active
Init Software:runit, SysV
Package Management:DEB
Release Model:Fixed, Semi, Rolling
Platforms:IA-32, x64
Developer:antiX Linux
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

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Each distro makes different choices, deciding which open source projects to install and provides custom written programs. They can have different philosophies.

Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.
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