CrunchBang Linux

CrunchBang Linux (abbreviated #!) was a Linux distribution derived from Debian by Philip Newborough (who is more commonly known by his username, corenominal).

CrunchBang Linux
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CrunchBang Linux 11 Waldorf
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen source with proprietary components
Latest release11 20130506 (Waldorf) / 6 May 2013; 7 years ago (2013-05-06)[1]
Update methodAPT
Package managerdpkg, with several front-ends
Kernel typeLinux
Default user interfaceOpenbox

CrunchBang was designed to use comparatively few system resources.[2] Instead of a desktop environment it used a customized implementation of the Openbox window manager. Many of its preinstalled applications used the GTK+ widget toolkit.[3]

CrunchBang had its own software repository but drew the vast majority of packages from Debian's repositories.[2]

Philip Newborough announced on 6 February 2015 that he had stopped developing CrunchBang and that users would benefit from using vanilla Debian.[4] Some Linux distributions have arisen in its place in an effort to continue its environment. Among the most significant are BunsenLabs and CrunchBang++.[5]


CrunchBang Linux provided an Openbox version for i686, i486 and amd64 architectures.[6] Until October 2010 there also was a "Lite" version [7] with fewer installed applications. The "Lite" version was effectively discontinued after the distribution on which it was based – Ubuntu 9.04 – reached its end-of-life[8] and CrunchBang prepared to switch to a different base system.

CrunchBang 10, made available in February 2011, was the first version based on Debian.[9] The final version, CrunchBang 11, was made available on 6 May 2013.[1]

Each CrunchBang Linux release was 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 was the first letter of the upstream Debian release (previously Debian Squeeze and CrunchBang Statler and currently Debian Wheezy and CrunchBang Waldorf).[6]


In May 2013 Jim Lynch of reviewed CrunchBang 11:

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.[10]


Newborough announced in February 2015 that he was abandoning further development of CrunchBang Linux, feeling that it no longer served a purpose.[11] The users did not all agree, and a number proceeded to develop successor distributions BunsenLabs, CrunchBang++ (#!++) and CrunchBang-Monara.


BunsenLabs Helium R4 cdsized

BunsenLabs Linux is a community-organized successor to Crunchbang.[12][13] It is based on the Debian 9 (Stretch)[14] stable release.[15][16] Between 17 and 30 September 2015, CrunchBang's domain began redirecting to BunsenLabs.[17]

BunsenLabs is one of the few modern Debian-based live distributions that still offers a CD edition supporting 32-bit systems, with both the X Window System and a modern version of Firefox, making the distro useful for running on old computers with just around 1 GB of RAM memory.[18]

The latest version, based on Debian 10, was released on 2 August 2020.[18]


CrunchBang PlusPlus (#!++) was developed in response to Newborough's announcement of the end of CrunchBang.[19] It is currently based on the Debian Buster (release 10.1) distribution.[19] Release 1.0 was announced on 29 April 2015.[20] The latest version based on Debian 10.0 was released on 8 July 2019.[21]


CrunchBang-Monara is another successor to CrunchBang. It is based on the Debian 8 stable release.[22]


  1. ^ a b "CrunchBang 11 "Waldorf" Released (Page 1) / News & Announcements / CrunchBang Linux Forums". CrunchBang Linux Forums. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "About – CrunchBang". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  3. ^ "About CrunchBang Linux ~ CrunchBang Linux Wiki". 30 April 2010. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ "The end".
  5. ^ Lynch, Jim (15 February 2015). "CrunchBang Linux is back from the dead". Archived from the original on 20 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b DistroWatch "CrunchBang Linux". Retrieved on 28 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Release Notes - CrunchBang Linux 8.10.02 ~ CrunchBang Linux Wiki". 10 February 2009. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Ubuntu 9.04 reaches end-of-life on October 23, 2010". 10 February 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  9. ^ "CrunchBang 10 "Statler" r20110207 (Page 1) / News & Announcements / CrunchBang Linux Forums". CrunchBang Linux Forums. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ Lynch, Jim (2013-05-21). "CrunchBang 11 Waldorf Review". Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  11. ^ Newborough, Philip (February 6, 2015). "The end". CrunchBang Forum. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  12. ^ "CrunchBang – a nimble Openbox Linux Distro". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  13. ^ "A community continuation: BunsenLabs (Page 1) / News & Announcements". CrunchBang Linux Forums. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  14. ^ "DebianStretch - Debian Wiki".
  15. ^ "Derivatives/Census/BunsenLabs - Debian Wiki".
  16. ^ "[STABLE RELEASE] BunsenLabs Helium Official ISOs / News & Announcements / BunsenLabs Linux Forums".
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-09-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ a b "Installation". BunsenLabs. 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  19. ^ a b Lynch, Jim. "CrunchBang Linux is back from the dead".
  20. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  21. ^ "More 10s". 8 July 2019.
  22. ^ "CrunchBang-Monara". SourceForge. Retrieved 28 August 2015.

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