CrunchBang Linux 9.04 desktop
|Source model||Free and open source|
|Latest stable release||11 20130506 (Waldorf) / 6 May 2013|
|Package manager||dpkg, with several front-ends|
|Default user interface||Openbox|
According to the CrunchBang Web page, the primary aim of the CrunchBang project is "to produce a stable distribution offering the best possible out-of-the-box Openbox experience. To achieve this goal, CrunchBang pulls many base packages directly from Debian's repositories, which are well-known for providing stable and secure software. Packages from CrunchBang's own repositories are then customised and pinned to the system to produce what is known as the CrunchBang distro."
With the release of CrunchBang 11 "Waldorf" coming in at about 771MB, the distro can be installed from a Live USB or Live DVD.
CrunchBang Linux currently provides an Openbox version for i686, i486, and amd64. Previously, there was a Lite version with a limited number of installed applications, and a special version known as "CrunchEee" optimised for the ASUS Eee PC. The CrunchEee edition was discontinued because the Lite version eventually included support for EeePCs. Due to the removal of CrunchBang Linux 9.04 from the website, after the Ubuntu release it was based on ceased to be supported, the Lite edition is no longer available.
Each CrunchBang Linux release is given a version number as well as a code name, using a name of a Muppet Show character. The first letter of the code name also corresponds to the first letter of the upstream Debian release (previously Debian Squeeze and CrunchBang Statler and currently Debian Wheezy and CrunchBang Waldorf).
Move to Debian
As of CrunchBang 10 ("Statler"), the distribution is based directly on Debian and no longer on Ubuntu. As of 7 February 2012[update], the final CrunchBang 10 was made available for live CD download on i686, i486, or amd64 (Based on Debian 6.0 stable, which was released on that day).
In May 2013 Jim Lynch of desktoplinuxreviews.com reviewed CrunchBang 11. He stated:
Frankly, it’s one of the most functional and efficient distros available today. You can run it on top of the line hardware, or you can run it on older, slower machines. It’s a perfect choice for anyone who prefers functionality over form....These days it seems that lots of distros and other operating systems are adding tons of glitz and glitter to desktop interfaces. CrunchBang 11 does the complete opposite. Frankly, it’s a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it. It was fast, stable and did what I wanted it to do. It never bogged me down in useless desktop drivel.
- "CrunchBang 11 "Waldorf" Released (Page 1) / News & Announcements / CrunchBang Linux Forums". Crunchbang.org. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- "About". CrunchBang. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- CrunchBang Linux Review
- About CrunchBang Linux
- CrunchBang Download Page
- Nov 26, 2011 (about 1 year ago) (2011-11-26). "Updated CrunchBang Statler images". corenominal. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- CrunchBang 10 Alpha 1 release
- Lynch, Jim (2013-05-21). "CrunchBang 11 Waldorf Review". Desktoplinuxreviews.com. Retrieved 2013-05-25.