From it’s earliest days until May of 2013, Crunchbang Linux was an extraordinary piece of Linux desktop wizardry. Created by Philip Newborough roughly around the time of Ubuntu 9.04, and relying on Debian repositories as well as Ubuntu repositories something entirely different emerged from the cutting edge of Linux development.
Software which had ordinarily been designed to impress the end user with special effects took a sudden turn, and now was both fast and sophisticated but with a learning curve that was competitive enough for a new user or community.
Arch Linux already ran on low end machines, but was quite difficult to learn how to use without breaking. Ordinary Debian took a considerable amount of time to install and customize with an end result that left many users feeling like they hadn’t accomplished much.
Crunchbang was something closer to the speed of arch, and was thoroughly changeable like Debian. Best of all it ran beautifully and allowed users to install the software that typically only ran on the slower Ubuntu systems of the time.
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. ~ Jim Lynch of DesktopReviews.com *Excerpted from wikipedia
Customized Crunchbang became a common term when asked what operating system someone was using among the Linux community around 2011. Below are several desktops that could be easily installed via command line.
Other desktops not pictured which ran on Crunchbang included but were not limited to: Gnome, Ratpoison, IceWM, Fluxbox, Cinnamon, Mate, & Xfce,
It remains entirely possible to install and use Crunchbang Linux, though it is advisable to upgrade the Debian source from Debian Wheezy to Debian Stable or even Debian Jessie packages. The project was continued by three distinctive communities including:
Philp Newborough stepped down to pursue other projects and should rest contented knowing he did something most Linux users only dream about… He brought some real innovation to a community of enthusiasts.