New year, new Linux distribution

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I’ve been a Linux guy since 1998 and a Debian guy since around 2000. For the last six years, I’ve been using Ubuntu both at home and at work.

With Ubuntu, Canonical finally made Linux usable as a desktop system. Not only that, but their reliable, fixed-time releases finally provided me with a deployable Debian-based OS for both end users and servers. Hurray! However, since the 10.04 release, I have been unhappy with the direction that Canonical’s desktop releases have been moving in. As a long-time Mac user, I understand and applaud Canonical’s reasons for making changes. However, as an end-user interested in efficiency, I feel that Ubuntu is moving away from my needs.

Enter CrunchBang Linux. It is a small, efficient, Debian-based Linux distribution that bucks the trend of bigger and flashier, instead offering a great blend of efficiency and elegance that caters to experienced users who don’t mind editing text files to change things every now and again.

It’s certainly not for everyone, but being based on Openbox rather than Gnome, it’s fast, and being based on Debian, it has a long and proud history of security and stability to rely on as the foundation.  I have toyed with pure Debian 6 releases but found that I had to tweak too much to make them usable.  CrunchBang does much of this for me by including niceties such as NetworkManager, Dropbox and a reasonable package selection, but leaves me with a standard Debian installation pulling from normal Debian sources.  I’ve been using it for a while now and I really like it.

So, if you’re not a fan of Unity and are looking for a nice, light, Debian Stable-based distribution, and if you know what dpkg is, I highly recommend that you check out CrunchBang Linux.

GoSaBe Blog - Jan 15, 2012 | Linux

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