Because so many people in the MX forums express concerns re: systemd, I thought I'd test building a xfce/ openbox version of antiX with jwm, fluxbox, herbstluftwm (removed). I am also experimenting to see if icewm & LXQt might be incorporated in the mix, think of this potential build as a lighter weight platform than MX but heavier than the traditional antiX. Thus far I have both openbox and xfce4 running successfully on antiX19-a2. They look good (to me), seem quite stable, and are completely systemd-free.
For those with inquiring minds regarding resource consumption, I can tell you openbox runs on par with fluxbox and icewm on the alpha release (right around 280MB RAM when idling on my VBox setup). xfce runs about 200MB heavier (~480MB). I have done zero tuning, as of now. I may do some later.
I have no plans to migrate whatever I build on to 32bit machines. Although if someone wants to mirror my efforts and improve upon them, I'm happy to provide information on what I have done to revise the base antiX system. If anyone is interested in contributing to this effort by checking my work and helping repair my faux pas just let me know; via PM is probably best.
I have included a couple of screenshots for 'your viewing pleasure'.
Because there are a lot of people who believe 32-bit needs to be addressed and woe to those distros that do not offer 32-bit variants.
I thought I'd share the rationale behind why I, personally, only put effort into 64-bit work. The following quote sums things up for me, pretty well. It was published on PC Computing (https://www.pcmag.com/article/350934/32 ... difference).
I am happy that others are worried about their 10+ year old PCs. I am simply not in that group. Call me selfish..."Why 32-Bit at All?
Why would you install a 32-bit OS on a desktop or laptop PC? The big reason is because you have a 32-bit processor, which requires a 32-bit OS.
But having such a CPU is unlikely. Intel started making 32-bit processors in the 80386 range way back in 1985; it was selling 64-bit processors by 2001. If you've bought a PC since the Pentium D chip came out in 2005, it's unlikely you'd have a 32-bit instruction set inside. The last Intel 32-bit chip, Pentium 4E, came out in February 2004 and that was extended to 64-bit by the x86-64. That was backward-compatible with both 32- and 16-bit software as needed. Later versions of the Pentium 4, like the Extreme Edition, were fully 64-bit—and even that was discontinued by 2005."