The antiX community has announced the release of antiX 17.2 with the code name Helen Keller. It is basically a point-release update to the antiX 17.1 and comes with patches for some critical security vulnerabilities including Meltdown/Spectre issue. It also includes several other bug fixes, improved translation, and updated packages.

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What is new in antiX 17.2?

As a minor update in antiX 17.x series, there is no long list of features for antiX 17.2. The main highlights in antiX 17.2 are as follows.

  • Linux Kernel 4.9.126 kernel patched for L1TF/Foreshadow and Meltdown/Spectre exploits
  • all packages upgraded to Debian 9.5
  • eudev updated to 3.6
  • firefox-esr upgraded to 60.2.2 (Quantum)
  • our nosystemd version of pulseaudio included
  • nonfree debs moved from main to nonfree in antiX repos
  • improved localization
  • antiX-full – gz compression is used, which makes the live iso faster to boot, but bigger in size


As usual, antiX comes in 4 different varieties. Each variety has both 32-bit and 64-bit specific images. The 32-bit images make use of non-PAE Kernel, which limits the ability to use RAM above 4 GB. These images are free from systemd - an init process used to boot the system and to run system processes. The antiX 17.2 includes,

  • antiX-full (c1GB) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), Fluxbox, jwm and herbstluftwm plus full LibreOffice suite.
  • antiX-base (c680MB so fits on a cd) – 4 windows managers – IceWM (default), Fluxbox, jwm, and herbstluftwm.
  • antiX-core (c330MB) – no X, but should support most wireless.
  • antiX-net (c170MB)- no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build.

For further details of antiX 17.2, read the release announcement published on antiX blog.