It saddens me to no end to announce the end of Crunchbang Linux. While not one of my daily use distros, Crunchbang was something extraordinary in it’s pioneering vision. A slim and sexy openbox running a plethora of options that included Ubuntu repositories, and for a very long time one of the only real solutions on underpowered hardware that I took seriously. (Sorry Puppy, this is a funeral, of course we love you.)
While not everyone who loves Linux loved Crunchbang, it was beloved enough to spawn many imitations and even though the project continues through Bunsen Labs, it does so in much the way we would expect a family to survive the death of a parent.
To patch Crunchbang Into Bunsen visit BunsenLabs at GitHub. But be sure to keep a copy of Crunchbang in the archives. It has earned it’s place!
One of my favorite memories regarding #! was quite early on as I tinkered with adding extra desktops and had to look up how to change the display manager when I got stuck using an lxde environment.
Or when I had to figure out how to get my dual core processor recognized by a 486 kernel. Some of the things I learned while tinkering with Crunchbang encouraged me to learn more and more about how Linux actually works.
Much the way Arch users feel about their chosen hobby of customizing their OS, Crunchbang users came in two varieties. People who had no idea what to do, and people who had all the answers.
I’m still floating between those two points I suppose, but I’m thankful for the things I learned using this outstanding operating system and hope that Bunsen Linux enjoys the same success.