CrunchBang is an open source and free operating system derived from the award-winning Debian GNU/Linux operating system, built around the minimalistic Openbox window manager and designed from the ground up to be installed on computers with old and semi-old hardware components.
Availability and supported architectures
The CrunchBang Linux distribution is currently available for download as a Live CD ISO image for the 64-bit (x86_64) architecture, as well as two Live DVD ISO images for the i686 and i486 (32-bit) hardware platforms (PAE and non-PAE).
Minimal, yet custom boot screen
When booting the Live system from the BIOS of a computer, a boot screen will allow you to start the live session, install the operating system on your computer, as well as to perform a system memory (RAM) diagnostic test.
Lightweight graphical desktop environment powered by Openbox
You won’t believe how great an Openbox window manager looks like until you try the CrunchBang Linux distribution. The desktop looks amazingly clean and professional at the same time. It comprises of a single panel located on the upper side of the screen and an unobtrusive system monitoring widget.
Default applications include the GIMP image editor, Viewnior image viewer, Geany IDE, Thunar file manager, VLC Media Player, Xfburn CD/DVD burning software, Iceweasel web browser, gFTP file transfer client, XChat IRC client, Transmission BitTorrent client, AbiWord word processor and Gnumeric spreadsheet editor.
However, the distribution includes various shortcuts that helps you to install the LibreOffice, Chromium, Google Chrome, Opera and a VNC server with a single mouse click.
In conclusion, CrunchBang is a special distribution of Linux that has been built from a minimal Debian system designed and customized to the maximum, until it reached a good balance of speed and functionality. It is best used on a low-end system.
It is no longer under active development
As of February 6, 2015 the developer of CrunchBang Linux decided to stop the development of the distribution. Therefore, we have archived the CrunchBang Linux operating system for historical references purposes only. Keep in mind that it won't receive any other updates!