Today, June 27, 2016, just a few moments ago, the developers of the antiX GNU/Linux operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the antiX 16 distribution.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, antiX 16 is one of the few distros that ship without the modern systemd init system, nor systemd-shim. It is powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4.10 kernel that has been customized with a fbcondecor splash, and includes many updated core components.

The antiX team wanted to deliver a small update to the antiX 15 release, but it looks like that did a terrible job of delivering one of the biggest versions of the distribution so far. antiX 16 comes with many popular open-source software projects, among which we can mention the LibreOffice 4.3.3-2 office suite and Mozilla Firefox 45.2.0 ESR web browser.

Additionally, antiX 16 ships with applications like Claws Mail 3.13.0 email client, XMMS audio player, GNOME MPlayer video player, and SMube 16.3.0 YouTube player. Streamlight-antiX utility is also present for those who want to stream videos on machines with very low RAM resources.

“We initially set out to add a few enhancements on top of antiX-15 in preparation for a stretch release, but we got carried away and added lots of features particularly when running live,” said the distribution’s developers in today’s announcement. “As usual antiX comes in 3 flavors for both 32 and 64-bit processors.”

Distributed in three different flavors

Besides all the goodies mentioned above antiX 16 comes with great LiveUSB features, which make it possible to power up the OS from a USB flash drive in under 10 seconds. These include live UEFI bootloader improvements, sticky LiveUSB boot options, SaveState feature for saving files across reboots, as well as the LiveUSB-Storage feature for direct access the LiveUSB’s storage space without relying on persistence.

antiX 16 is available for download right now via our website, where users will find three different flavors, antiX-full, which contains a total of four windows managers (IceWM, Fluxbox, Joe’s Window Manager (JWM) and Herbstluftwm), antiX-base, which includes three windows managers, namely Fluxbox, JWM, and Herbstluftwm, as well as antiX-core-libre, which is the smallest of them all and has not graphical system.

Those who are new to antiX GNU/Linux should know that it’s a Debian-based operating system for personal computers and laptops, designed to be very fast and extremely light on PCs that have modest resources. It’s a flexible and customizable OS that you can run directly from a LiveUSB/CD or install on a disk drive. If you choose to run antiX from a LiveUSB, you’ll be able to reuse the session thanks to the persistence functionality.

antiX 16 LiveUSB boot screen

antiX 16 LiveUSB boot screen

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