Technically not Crunchbang, but I set up Debian Sid Xfce with Cairo-dock in place of the window buttons and stock bottom panel in Vbox. Theme in use is Boje Red + Azenis Red Icons + a Mordor screenshot I found on image search. Also, to go with the overall theme I'm trying to pull off here, made the terminal text color red as well.
Also, I set up Lubuntu 14.04, and the details are in the screenshot's deviantART link. Not as good as the Debian Sid VM, but OK looking at least.
Also, here's the way I got my host OS set up currently, once again, details are in the screenshot's deviantART link.
I switched to Linux outta necessity because at the time I was running an ancient Windows 98 machine, and Windows was no longer a viable option. Of course I didn't use it too much on that ancient hardware because A) my web connection sucked at the time so I couldn't do anything on it, and B) it was just too slow and old (266MHz Pentium II, 128MB RAM at the time when I installed Crunchbang 10), of course when I got my first actually usable computer for my 20th birthday with Ubuntu, and then a decent web connection shortly after that, I was actually able to play around with Linux and pretty much fell in love with it, and been on Linux for a little over a year or two now.
My distro-hopping pattern so far is Ubuntu > Fedora > Archbang, and once I'm able to build myself a better computer than what I got now, I wanna install vanilla Arch on that and then once I got the new Arch computer up and running, and all my stuff transferred to its hard drive, may go ahead and set up Ubuntu LTS on the computer that I currently run Archbang on as it would be demoted to a secondary computer, meanwhile I also wanna get myself a decent laptop for a tertiary computer to install Debian Sid on.
Of course if I were system building for pay, it would depend on what the client wants installed on his computer as far as an OS, of which most requests would be for Windows, however there may be the occasional Ubuntu request as well as if anyone wants Linux installed on their computer, the distro they choose is 99.99% likely to be Ubuntu because everything just works, it's integrated really well, and it's easy to set up and use.
Of course the distros I install on my own hardware will be distros like Arch or a custom install of Debian Sid.
Arch is the easiest to use outta the four, however Gentoo offers complete and total control over your system because you gotta compile everything from source, yet the downside is you gotta compile everything from source and use a lot of USEFLAGs, and if you miss a USEFLAG somewhere along the line during installation, or you wanna add a USEFLAG in, you gotta recompile the whole thing supposedly, while Arch is binary-based with the ability to compile stuff via AUR, so it's a bit easier to manage in that sense, however the downside to Arch is being binary-based as opposed to source-based, you don't get the same level of control over what goes on with your system that you would with Gentoo.
Also, I've read that Arch tends to have newer stuff than Gentoo as well. As for Slackware, haven't really messed with that, and I'm not too crazy about FreeBSD.
Of course you could also go LFS and make your own distro altogether, but that would probably take a few days if on a really fast system to a few weeks on an older, slower system.
You looked into Calculate? It's literally easier-to-install Gentoo.
There's also Manjaro to look into as well, however unlike Archbang, it doesn't use the Arch repos.
Don't forget Fedora. It may not seem as rock n roll as arch but last time I looked it was the only distro with Eclipse Juno. Ok, that was a month or two ago but the point is, Fedora might have just the kind of bleeding edge you're looking for (IDEs etc.).
Also, NetBeans 7.2 is downloadable as a shell-script installer and you can install that on pretty much anything. I had no joy on OpenSUSE but that's just a general comment about OpenSUSE and has nothing to do with installing NetBeans.
Fedora user right here.
debian sid is broken a lot and the package management isn't really helpful unless you're familiar
I have Sid with MATE/GNOME 2 set up in Virtualbox and it hasn't broken on me yet, and actually, I'm going to Sid from Fedora probably in a year or two because rolling, and Fedora Rawhide, although rolling as well, breaks a lot more often than Sid does from what I've heard.
I've also looked into Archbang a couple times and have it set up in Virtualbox as well.
In addition, I ran Ubuntu for six months, so I'm pretty sure I'm familiar with apt-get and aptitude.
I just figured out an answer. Swap out Tint2 with LXpanel, and set LXpanel up to mimic GNOME panel. -shrug- That definitely adds some ease-of-use points to Crunchbang, or really any other Openbox setup. Set up LXpanel to mimic GNOME panel, you get a start menu, a dock, AND a task bar. Problem solved.
take your pick - most work to varying degrees.
I myself have settled on adding launchers to the tint2 panel which i guess is what you may be wanting to achieve. If interested in doing that, check out vastOne's most awesome 'how to'
Nope. Just the stock Tint2 panel on the top of the screen, and then a dock of some sort, most likely AWN, at the bottom of the screen.
Hiya! I'm a little curious as to how well adding a dock of some sort to the stock Openbox + Tint2 config in Crunchbang would work, I mean it would improve ease-of-use due to being able to make the applications you access most often accessible just by a mouse click, as opposed to right-clicking to pull up a menu, and then navigating through that menu.
So basically, if it works out well, adding a dock in Crunchbang might actually be kinda cool.
Hi there! I started looking into a decent laptop on TigerDirect, and I'm aiming for either a Latitude D630, a Latitude D830, or a Latitude E6500, since they should be perfect for a #! install, as all three have dual-cores, 2+ gigs of RAM, and 120+ gig hard drives, as well as decently sized screens. Would either of those three be sufficient or would I be better off buying a brand new Inspiron, ASUS, etc?
I'm running openSUSE 12.2 on a DELL Latitude D430, and it is running very fine. I suggest to take a Laptop from TigerDirect, you don't need a brand new for Linux, expecially not for Crunchbang #!
Have a nice weekend!
Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of RAM and a 120-gig SSD would be perfect for Crunchbang, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, or Fedora Xfce with some tweaks to the DE (specifically Xfwm swapped out with Fluxbox and the stock Xfce panel swapped out with Tint2 panel).
For a heavier distro like Mageia GNOME or Fedora GNOME, a Sandy Bridge Celeron G530, 8 gigs of RAM, and a 500-gig hard drive would work great.