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.
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.