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CrunchBang Linux 11
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2 9307 09-01-2014
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100% of reviewers None indicated 7.0

Description: "CrunchBang 11 'Waldorf' released. Debian 7 'Wheezy' was released on May 4th; now that Wheezy has migrated to the stable branch of Debian, this means that Waldorf is the new stable CrunchBang release. To acknowledge this occasion, I have rebuilt the Waldorf images. The new images are available now from the download page. For anyone unaware, Waldorf has been in development for well over a year and has seen numerous development releases. This probably makes Waldorf the most thoroughly tested CrunchBang release to date."
Keywords: Debian-based Waldorf

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Old 05-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Pros: Stable and reliable
Cons: Light in facilities without being light in size

CrunchBang is Debian stable with the Openbox window-manager. It’s available in 64- and 32-bit versions, the latter also with a non-pae kernel. It can only be downloaded by torrent, so you need to pick the right time: my first attempt threatened to take 24 hours. I used the 32-bit version.

The disk can be used for a live session or installation, but you cannot run the installer from the live session. Installation is not difficult, although the partitioning stage could be better explained and laid out. It’s better to run Gparted in in the live session first.

At first boot, the script cb-welcome is run, which gives options to install various items: updates, CUPS, LibreOffice, Java, LAMP, etc. Surely everyone wants to print? The main programs provided are Abiword, Gnumeric, Icewasel, Xchat, Gimp, and VLC. Media codecs and the Flash plugin are present. As one would expect from Debian stable, everything worked. I used the welcome script to install LibreOffice, but it didn’t give me a dictionary. Searching for ‘English dictionary’ in Synaptic suggested Aspell, which is for Abiword. I had to know that I needed Hunspell or Myspell, and find it by scrolling through the word-processor category.

Unlike some Debian derivatives, Crunchbang doesn’t improve on its parent’s feeble configuration tools. Is a firewall set up? Iptables is installed, but without any front-end you need to be an expert to know if it’s doing anything. Searching for ‘firewall’ in Synaptic reveled quite a few tools available, but the inclusion of ‘wget’ (like the dictionary problem) showed that Debian still can’t label their packages properly. As usual, I had to edit 2 files in modprobe.d and re-boot to enable my usb speakers.

CrunchBang is given to odd colour schemes — pastel on white in Geany, grey on black with Conky — so some configuration was needed to make Openbox legible. Otherwise, it works well, and a selection of keyboard shortcuts has been created and listed on-screen. Some Xfce items have been added, like the Thunar file manager and the Catfish search tool.

If I seem less than enthusiastic, I should emphasise that a lot of people like CrunchBang, and it’s quite nice if you know what you’re doing. But if I liked Openbox and Debian-style distros, I’d prefer SalentOS, with a decent selection of software installed, and encryption available when installing. If you’re after something for a small computer, this really needs 512MB; Openbox is the biggest of the window managers. If you need something that fits on a CD, this doesn’t, despite the lack of software on the installation disk: try ZorinOS Light for that.
Old 09-01-2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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