CrunchBang, the Debian Linux Mini

CrunchBang is a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution offering a great blend of speed, style and substance. Using the nimble Openbox window manager, it is highly customisable and provides a modern, full-featured GNU/Linux system without sacrificing performance.

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.
Put simply; CrunchBang could be thought of as a layer built on top of Debian, specifically to provide a great Openbox experience.

CrunchBang uses the Openbox window manager. Openbox is lightweight and speedy, and as a result, CrunchBang is fast. Also, whilst CrunchBang is not primarily designed for older systems, it has been reported to operate very well where system resources are limited. Once installed, CrunchBang should boot-up and operate faster than a regular Debian GNOME/KDE installation.

Openbox is a highly configurable window manager. It allows you to change almost every aspect of how you interact with your desktop and invent completely new ways to use and control it. It can be like a video game for controlling windows. But Openbox can also be kept extremely simple, as it is in the default setup, meaning that it can suit just about anybody. Openbox gives you control without making you do everything. 

CrunchBang also comes with many applications chosen specifically for their hackability attributes. These include Conky, the customisable system monitor tool, and Thunar, the popular and highly configurable file manager.

CrunchBang comes with the ability to play most popular media formats, including but not limited to MP3, DVD playback and Adobe Flash. CrunchBang also comes with many popular applications installed by default, including but not limited to Iceweasel (Firefox) browser , GNOME media player and Transmission BitTorrent Client. 

With the exception of a few packages, CrunchBang is built entirely from packages available from the Debian repositories. CrunchBang uses the same APT package management tools and update manager. If you are already familiar with Debian or Ubuntu, you should have no trouble working with CrunchBang.

So CrunchBang is
  • It is ready for use after installation
  • Looks good
  • Fast on my SSD
  • Nice people, who actually helps, if problems with linux- newbie.
 You can download CrunchBang at here.

Picuntu Linux Mini PC - 8GB Flash Power By MK902 LE

A truly desktop class Mini ARM Linux PC, the MK902 LE is here,  packed into a tiny a form factor that includes more connectivity options than any of our previous Linux Mini PC's. The future of small, efficient ARM desktop computers starts here.

The Cloudsto MK902 LE is a tiny computer, which runs Ubuntu Linux and sits neatly on any desk (or behind a monitor/display) giving easy access to all connections this allows it to be used as a mini workstation. At the heart of this tiny device is a powerful 1.6Ghz Quad-Core Cortex A9 ARM processor for blazing performance in all applications.

This Mini Linux PC connects to any HDMI or DVI compatible screen to provide a true 1080p multimedia digital display.
The Cloudsto MK902 LE Mini Linux ARM PC has 2GB of RAM, built in Wifi & Ethernet, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, Fast onboard flash storage and runs Ubuntu (Picuntu) desktop OS at full speed. Now it really is possible to browse the internet, read email, manage files, edit photos, make documents, make music and even watch TV in true desktop style using a PC which fits in the palm of your hand and costs the same as an external hard drive!

Picuntu is a Linux distribution optimised for ARM devices, basically its a version of Ubuntu Linux which is the 3rd most popular operating system in the world... and whats more, its FREE... and so is all the software for it!

When you start Picuntu you land on the desktop, a familiar place to be if you are used to Windows and Mac computers. From here you can browse the internet, check mail, manage files, create documents, make websites, edit photos, listen to music and much much more with the many built in applications. If you fancy doing more you can launch the Ubuntu software Center and download 1000's more applications specifically designed for ARM Linux.

MK902 LE is ideal for a wide range of applications;
  • Replacing large power hungry and expensive desktop computers in business environments
  • Digital signage applications
  • Web Kiosks
  • Thin Client
  • Server (runs full Ubuntu to allow complete configuration for all server needs)
  • Development platform for users involved in embedded solutions and researching fast ARM platforms
  • As a client for many other applications and tasks, freeing up the need for using a dedicated desktop machine for the job in hand
This platform also offers the following advantages;
  • Boots up in seconds
  • Very low power consumption (2-5 Watts under normal load)
  • Tiny form factor
  • Completely solid state (no moving parts)
  • Runs industry standard Linux distribution Ubuntu
  • Easy to deploy (firmware can be flashed by PC)
  • Low cost compared to WinTel boxes
  • No software licenses to worry about
CPU - Rockchip RK3188 Quad Core (Cortex A9 Quad Core upto 1.6GHz)
GPU - Mali 400 Supports Open GL ES 1.1 and 2.0 (Linux support available in Ubuntu 12.04)
Memory (RAM) - 2GB
Internal Storage - 8GB Internal NAND FLASH with Ubuntu preinstalled
External Storage - Micro SD Card Slot
System - Ubuntu Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) Full Ubuntu OS with access to many apps from Ubuntu software center.
Networking - Wifi 802.11b/g/n with external high gain Antenna, Fast Ethernet
Video - HDMI up to 1920x1080p,
Analogue AV output (Linux support coming soon)
Audio - HDMI or External USB Sound Device (not included), 3.5mm AV output, optical output (Linux Support coming soon)
USB - 4 x Full Size USB Host.
Other Hardware Features - PMU (for complete software shutdown), Easily accessible recovery switch.
Power - 5V USB <2 amps="" p="">
Package Contents
MK902 LE 8GB (Linux Edition)
USB - USB cable for easy firmware installation/updates/recoveries.
2A Mains USB Power supply with country specific adapter.

You can get MK902 LE at here.

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