MEPIS has announced that the release candidate of a community built and maintained ultra-lite derivative of MEPIS has been released for public testing. AntiX is the brainchild of MEPIS community member anticapitalista, who wanted a version of MEPIS that would work well on very old PC hardware. Testers and users can contact anti via the forums at mepislovers.org or mepis.org
Anti is, in his own words, "a Brit living and working for the last 18 years as a teacher in Thessaloniki the second largest city in Greece." He explains "My remastered Mepis 6.5, antiX, is an attempt to give something back to the community, and aimed for boxes with 128MB RAM (It does work with 64MB RAM + 128MB swap). You can call it whatever you like, but it is supposed to be like antics (fun) and antiques (ie older boxes). Plus anti from my name."
AntiX is not a lite version of SimplyMEPIS and it is not an official product of MEPIS. It is built from the MEPIS Linux core, but mostly it has a different set of default user applications reflecting the preferences of anti: fluxbox and ice window managers, Abiword, Gnumeric, Leafpad, Scite, Nano, gimp, xpdf, Firefox2, Sylpheed-claws, Dillo, Links2, Gaim, Xchat, gftp, Pan, Irssi, Raggle RSS reader, Gtk-Gnutella, bittorrent, flash, mozilla-mplayer, xmms, mplayer, audacity, xine, Midnight Commander, rox-filer, xarchive, xcdroast and graveman.
Warren Woodford of MEPIS said: "I'm really happy anti did this project. I've had requests for a long time, for a version of MEPIS that would work with only 64 MB of RAM, but we didn't have time to do it. I'm very impressed with anti's work."
The new ISO images are available in the 'testing' subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber's Site and at the MEPIS public mirrors. For immediate access to new releases of MEPIS, and to support the development of MEPIS, why not go to the MEPIS store and become a MEPIS subscriber? CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, sport shirts, and MEPIS penguins are also available at www.mepis.org/store