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Old 12-10-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Crunchbang


I recently came across Crunchbang. It seems like an interesting distro, especially since I am a fan of *box wm, particularly fluxbox. A lot of people seem like the distro.

To my understanding, it is pretty much just Debian (uses Debian repos) with a few added things from the Crunchbang repo. I am curious though as to what Crunchbang actually adds to Debian.

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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Well, there might be other details, but basically it comes configured with openbox for the WM out of the box, with conky already set up on the desktop, and a pretty handy setup script that auto runs on your first login to the main console. It takes a bit, but it offers the opportunity to download/install things like a LAMP server, Open(Libre?) Office, various media plugins, etc. etc. It takes a *lot* of the pain out of setting up a functional multimedia desktop on a Debian base. IIRC, it was originally based off Ubuntu but transitioned to Debian a few releases back. I don't have it in front of me (usually keep at least one VM with it loaded on my desktop) but I believe it also still uses sudo more than su, possibly a remnant of its Ubuntu heritage. Either one works.

I'd highly recommend firing up a copy in a VirtualBox session and taking a look at it. It gives a pretty smooth experience on lower-end hardware in my experience.

Plus if you like a very 'dark' UI it may be just the ticket for ya
 
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Read a few reviews, like the six listed at
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=crunchbang
(or even mine, on this site!)
 
Old 12-11-2012, 06:35 AM   #4
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Read a few reviews, like the six listed at
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=crunchbang
(or even mine, on this site!)
I keep forgetting about the distro reviews section on this site. Thanks for the reminder!
 
Old 12-11-2012, 06:36 AM   #5
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Well, there might be other details, but basically it comes configured with openbox for the WM out of the box, with conky already set up on the desktop, and a pretty handy setup script that auto runs on your first login to the main console. It takes a bit, but it offers the opportunity to download/install things like a LAMP server, Open(Libre?) Office, various media plugins, etc. etc. It takes a *lot* of the pain out of setting up a functional multimedia desktop on a Debian base. IIRC, it was originally based off Ubuntu but transitioned to Debian a few releases back. I don't have it in front of me (usually keep at least one VM with it loaded on my desktop) but I believe it also still uses sudo more than su, possibly a remnant of its Ubuntu heritage. Either one works.

I'd highly recommend firing up a copy in a VirtualBox session and taking a look at it. It gives a pretty smooth experience on lower-end hardware in my experience.

Plus if you like a very 'dark' UI it may be just the ticket for ya
Thank you for the info!
 
  


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