Did a review – antiX 19.b1 Linux – a month ago, but it was on a Beta and I wanted to test their main version, antiX-17.4.1_x64-full. Tested the ‘Live’ USB the other day on ‘Ace’ the Laptop, and it worked great on recognizing that new hardware…also easily connecting to the Wi-Fi internet connection. Found that surprising, since antiX and MX Linux are so closely connected, and MX Linux had froze on the ‘Ace’ laptop hardware test. #12 on DistroWatch’s Page Hit Rankings. On ‘Live’ system, username is demo w/ username password = demo, and password for any root stuff = root.

antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install systemd-free linux live CD distribution based on Debian Stable for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the “antiX Magic” in an environment suitable for old and new computers. So don’t throw away that old computer yet! The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 256MB old PIII systems with pre-configured swap to the latest powerful boxes. 256MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.7GB hard disk size.

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. Customize your own version with our live ‘remaster’ tools or create ‘snapshots’ of an installed system.

I will also give it the ‘Portability’ test on a USB – it’s supposed to be made for such use. Install to test HDD went amazingly fast and I was connected to internet on that install. Install to USB had failures since I was not connected to internet…USB installation worked after connecting to the internet (?!?). Like in my first preview a month ago, the Desktop Install Icon was a little buggy, but it did work after a couple tries and the pop-ups that said it “was already running in the background.” Nice Linux OS, and was headed for a Top 10 slot…before that need of an internet connection, or whatever during USB installation.

An OS should not need to be connected to the internet for installation, or should at least state it clearly that an Internet Connection is needed for installation! Ubuntu gives you the choice – so the rest of Linux Distros need to get a clue from Ubuntu! Linux has never mastered the basic scroll mouse, some still has problems with Wi-Fi internet, Wi-Fi printers, etc. I’m tired of cutting Linux any slack – i.e. if a Distro can’t keep up with Ubuntu, then it is not going to get a recommendation from me! Even Ubuntu is unable to handle all of the scroll mouse functions, but that is the only hardware problem I’ve seen it have for years…*AND* all Linux Distros fail on the simple scroll mouse. For the most part OEM’s and hardware manufacturers provide Linux Open Source Community all their drivers and such…it is then the Linux Distributions (Distros) responsibility to incorporate those drivers and such, and, BTW, Ubuntu does! Here’s an example from one of Intel’s Sales Guides, page 21 #2:

(2) Linux supported by Intel via the upstreaming of Intel Linux drivers to the Linux Open Source Community. Adoption into individual Linux distributions is dependent upon the OS vendor (p21)

Linux Distros have no more excuses – make them keep up with Ubuntu, or drop them!

AntiX 2b

OK…Here are some installation pics, w/ antiX ‘Live’ on ‘Ace’ the Laptop:

‘Live’ antiX 17 made it thru ‘Ace’ hardware test successfully, which almost pushed it into my Top 10. Here’s some USB installation shots:

Actually, I’m tired of messing with antiX 17 today, and don’t feel like going thru the pics at this point. Nice Linux OS, but I expect an easy installation…Ubuntu is easy, so antiX needed to be easy. antiX did great on the HDD, but what would’ve happened if I hadn’t been connected to the internet at that time? I dunno, but am not going to run any more test to find out. antiX finally installed on a USB, after being connected to the internet, and it’s working great – fast and snappy. It found Wi-Fi connections easily.

Windows 10 can be installed without being connected to the internet, and so can Ubuntu. Newbies coming from Windows OSes are going to expect the choice of using an internet connection or not. antiX has flunked the Newbie Test today, but will probably get it right on the next version – or, put a notice up. For now, antiX 17 is headed to A-1 Linux Purgatory Status…I will be adding the internet connection test to all future Distro Testing.

(*UPDATE*): I deleted the “A-1 Linux Purgatory Status” … antiX 17 didn’t belong there anyway. It had passed the ‘Ace’ hardware tests and the wireless test…good distro, just not for Linux Newbies yet.