1st some history/background:
Back some time ago an alternative to sysvinit was developed called daemontools (look at sources below) and people liked it. From “it” runit was cloned, very similar but started from scratch, to be as small, as light, as simple, and as responsive as hw itself. Runit set some goals for its development, kept being refined and eliminating any bugs, it worked on as many architectures as people could get their hands on, and the chief runit man decided to put it to bed. Runit has been frozen in time by its developer. Don’t expect it to catch up with other system development unless Void decides to clone it and develop it on their own, which in some ways they already do, but it is more polishing up the existing runit.
We are not making this up, the chief developer of antiX says it can be done this way. What we think? Just as expected!
—— cut and paste from the antiX forum https://www.antixforum.com/forums/topic/upgrading-antix-17-to-antix-19/ ————–
This is what I did to upgrade antiX-17.4.1 pristine (ie nothing added nor removed) to antiX-19.
Make sure all your valuable data is backed up.
You may want to use iso-snapshot to create an iso of your present install and test the newly created snapshot does boot and install … just in case things go wrong.
This guide will not produce an identical antiX-19, but I assume most people want to upgrade from ‘stretch – old stable’ to ‘buster – new stable’ and are less concerned about the looks, themes etc.
If you try this and it breaks your install, don’t blame me! <anticapitalista>
Use a root terminal and not synaptic and do READ the output before pressing Enter.
Debian 10 Buster became stable a few months ago, the rest of the systems had to follow but took their time. This is done every two years and creates a wave of confusion, especially those on forked versions of Debian, like antiX, MX, devuan, refracta, etc. Even more dangerous and confusing it is if you are using testing and although testing during debian stretch was buster it now becomes bullseye, while your antiX/MX/Devuan is testing alongside Buster still.
After antiX announced 19 (Marielle Franco) as its current stable branch, MS followed its mothership the week later (a few days ago), while Devuan/Refracta are still chasing Stretch (Debian 9), what they call Devuan 2 or ascii.
So here it is, to take the confusion away from numbers and names:
Debian * Debian * AntiX/MX * Devuan
the last good1 * 7 Wheezy * 13 * 0 beta-testing
old old stable * 8 Jessie * 15 * 1 jessie (old-stable)
old stable * 9 Stretch * 17 * 2 ascii (stable)
stable * 10 Buster * 19 * 3 beowulf(testing)
testing * 11 Bullseye * 21 * 4 chimaera (next testing)
unstable * sid * sid * ceres
If you have been running testing while Stretch (9) was stable you were indirectly following Debian Buster (10). Since debian 10 Buster became stable today July 7th, those using testing instead of Buster repositories will be automatically jumping to the next release, called Bullseye (Debian 11). The official Devuan repositories automatically “merge” debian and devuan packages, so testing will remain Buster till Devuan releases 3 (Beowulf) and therefore testing will become Devuan Chimaera. If manually you have added Debian testing be careful of incompatibilities. (some people do this, will swap Devuan merged for Devuan/devuan, and add a debian repository directly). Continue reading
These past few days when apt and its coworkers were updated, apt by default deletes cached packages after the installation. So if you were used to keep the cached pkgs so you can reinstall without redownloading, or sharing your cache with other installations, or using a common cache in a network to save bandwidth, DO NOT USE APT, USE APT-GET. Continue reading
nonico aka miyolinux here…
This is where I stand, and this is where I now place my roots. After revisiting antiX, I completely see the superiority of it. Though I built MiyoLinux on Devuan, though I’ve used and loved Void Linux, though I’ve used and loved Obarun…I am now proclaiming that antiX Testing (with Openbox) is my preferred system of choice.
Here is a brief presentation of what is new in anti-X 17.1 that was released a few days ago. Followed by an extensive independent reviewer video. Remember this is a rolling release so for us already running anti-X there is no news. Also keep in mind this is as stable as Debian Stretch, – systemd and related trash, + a ton of antix tools you will not get in Debian and sometimes it is puzzling how come nobody thought of them before.