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    Anti-x 14.3 LiveUSB features

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    Here is something that promises a lot of exciting new features:
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    A LiveUSB with initramfs treatment deriving from Knoppix minirt.gz;
    a resistant fork from Debian's systemd decision;
    a 140 Mb 64-bit iso to build on (among other choices); and
    an organized arrangement of how-to documentation.
    Architecture seems similar to Debian-Live squashfs, but
    using much more up-to-date kernels.
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    See Distrowatch notice for antiX 14.3 "MX":
    2014-12-04 Distribution Release: antiX 14.3 "MX"
    http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08724
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    Exerpts from:
    http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/...oot/index.html
    What’s New?
    The linuxrc bootstrap script (that lives inside the initrd.gz file)
    was almost totally rewritten. We now use a non-ancient version of BusyBox
    (which, combined with more modern Linux kernels) gives us access to new
    and better tools. The Knoppix linuxrc script provided great inspiration
    for a lot of this.
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    Live remastering
    Remastering involves (perhaps among other things) the creation of a new
    linuxfs file that reflects change that have been made to the system
    (usually the addition or deletion of packages). We can now offer users
    "one click" live remastering (for LiveUSBs and LiveHDs) that will create
    a new linuxfs file at the touch of a button and automatically use that
    linuxfs file on the next reboot. The user will always have the option
    to rollback the change even if the new linuxfs file is corrupted and
    fails to boot.
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    Exerpts from:
    http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/...adding_goodies
    Remastering
    ...
    The only thing the LiveUSB creator has to do to enable live-remastering
    is to make sure there is enough room on the boot partition for another
    linuxfs file. The standard antiX-12 linuxfs files range in size from
    110 Meg to 670 Meg. The size of a new linuxfs file will depend on the size
    of the original linuxfs file and also on how much has been added or subtracted.
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    See current listed iso files in testing directory:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/anti...ing/antiX-14R/

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    Clarifying the previous

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    A fairly good MX-14.3 pae review here:
    http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.com/2...iew-truly.html

    Although, Blogspot review doesn't do MX-14.3 pae complete justice, IMO.
    Really nice CD-size iso; fairly late model kernel; 32-bit with pae kernel; XFCE 4.10
    Apps include Iceweasel, Synaptic, NetworkManager, LibreOffice, GParted.
    LiveUSB has built-in on-line remastering, uses squashfs. Broadcom wifi well-supported.
    On-line in short-order using Universal USB installer, making usb directly from iso.
    Pledges to remain non-systemd indefinitely. Doesn't do UEFI, however.

    MX-14.3 pae is a joint anti-X/Mepis product, not to be confused with a very recent
    amd64 precurser by Anti-X alone which uses systemd & wicd, and very different desktop.
    Last edited by utu; 12-08-2014 at 04:53 AM.

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    Thank you for the comment about antiX 14.3 "MX". This Live-System made a great impression on me. The big advantage is that it isn't a mix of stable and testing Debian and not of Gnome and KDE.

    I'm testing it using an ISO install to HD (frugal install) within my Debian installation on /dev/sda5

    • make a new dir '/AntiX'
    • use MidnightCommander and open the file 'MX-14.3-pae.iso' with [Enter]
    • you'll see a folder '/antiX'; open it with [Enter]
    • you'll see some files; copy 'vmlinuz' and 'initrd.gz' to the new '/AntiX'
    • leave the folder '/antiX' and close the file 'MX-14.3-pae.iso'
    • rename the file 'MX-14.3-pae.iso' to 'antix.iso' and move it to '/AntiX'

    In my Debian install I'm using Grub2; therefore I changed the file '/etc/grub.d/40_custom'
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    exec tail -n +3 $0
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    menuentry "AntiX" {
    linux (hd0,5)/AntiX/vmlinuz bdev=sda5 fromiso=/AntiX/antix.iso antiX=LMX persist vga=791 lang=de
    initrd (hd0,5)/AntiX/initrd.gz
    }### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    Change the values (hd0,5) and sda5 as you need it. "(hd0,5)" means 1st device and 5th partition

    Don't forget "update-grub"!
    Last edited by Werner P. Schulz; 12-09-2014 at 12:20 AM.

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    Greetings, Werner.

    I'm pleased with my MX-14.3 pae LiveUSB, so far. Using an 8 Gb SanDisk.
    2 or 4 Gb is just too small to attempt on-line remastering. 2 Gb worked
    ok as a simple LiveUSB, but that's not where the magic is to be found.

    I've done one on-line remastering which seems to have been successful.
    I don't have a specific feel for what's going on behind the scenes, but
    adding 100 mb to the original squashfs seemed to take about five minutes.
    That felt pretty familiar. The kernel is 32-bit smp and the remastering
    print-out did actually acknowledge my two cpus.

    XFCE not much different than LXDE.
    NetworkManager seems to work smoother without systemd, so that's a plus.

    Geany isn't in the basic iso, and no repo for it in MX's synaptic, so that's
    one area we'll both want to remedy. Otherwise, the CD-size is is very much
    to my taste.

    I'll be pleased to hear your comments on MX's remastering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utu View Post
    Geany isn't in the basic iso, and no repo for it in MX's synaptic, so that's
    one area we'll both want to remedy.
    Here's your Christmas present, Werner:

    Add this repo to MX-14's Synaptic and reload:
    http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian

    Then bring in geany & geany-common; after that,
    go to MainMenu>Development>Geany

    Voila.

    Tried it out using geany .bashrc in a terminal; worked ok.
    Last edited by utu; 12-09-2014 at 08:06 PM.

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    AntiX' very own Main Page, User and Howto articles make me much less enthusiastic.

    If you have enough free time on your hands, you can read them by starting here:
    http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

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    Geany isn't in the basic iso, and no repo for it in MX's synaptic,
    Strange! After "aptitude update" I could install geany without any change of the sources.list.

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    AntiX' very own Main Page, User and Howto articles make me much less enthusiastic.
    It's better to study
    http://www.mepiscommunity.org/doc_mx/
    and
    http://www.mepiscommunity.org/doc_mx/advanced.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by utu View Post
    MX-14.3 pae is a joint anti-X/Mepis product, not to be confused with a very recent
    amd64 precurser by Anti-X alone which uses systemd & wicd, and very different desktop.
    I agree with both of you, Philo & Werner.
    I think it is the antX/Mepis collaboration MX-14.3 pae which is exceptional.
    Having also built the 64 Bit-antiX, I'm much less enamored with that.

    My experiece with MX-14.3 pae makes me believe it may be somewhat better
    (more current) than its documentation. I haven't had any problems with it.
    Mine is an 8 Gb SanDisk LiveUSB, currently using about 4 Gb including 1 Gb
    of r/w persistence. I've remastered linuxfs up to about 870 MB by adding
    geany and a few other small comforts & tweaks.

    My impression is that UEFI is about the only thing that needs much more
    attention in MX-14.3. My 64-bit Win8 UEFI works fine with Knoppix, but I'm
    not sure its UEFI would work with a 32-bit pae Linux kernel. Using legacy
    boot would spoil the cleanness of Win8 booting both Linux & Windows without
    intervention by some grub or OEM process.

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    @ Werner

    I went through that extra reading material but I sill fail to fall 'enamored' like utu seems to be (now with caveats I must admit).

    Knoppix can better help more people come to love Linux, even those with old hardware.

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