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#1 Re: Help & Support (Beginners) » Jessie Repositories. » 2015-05-09 16:45:15

I enjoy being able to use my older laptop. I don't particularly enjoy the process of installing new OS. To me the OS is a tool. I don't go out and buy a new screwdriver every time some new whizbang screwdriver is invented because my plain old boring one does the job just fine on those occasions I need to deal with a screw. Likewise, as long as Chrome, LibreOffice, and a few other pieces of software work on my current OS, I have no real incentive or desire to change it.

#2 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » The End ... The Beginning ... And THE NEW NAME » 2015-02-08 10:42:51

I happen to like 'Obsidian'. especially since my preferred screen wallpaper is just plain black. It also goes along with how 'rock solid' basing it on Debian Stable make it. While Openbox certainly isn't #!'s only dining feature or even an exclusive one, it's the one that's first apparent on initial bootup. While some things could change and still give a distribution that could claim some ties back to #!, that's a very specific one that probably couldn't.

#3 Re: News & Announcements » The end. » 2015-02-08 10:19:07

Thanks for the work on #!. It got me back to Linux (at least on my laptop). Amazingly enough it's worked just as well in the days following this announcement as before. In other words, I'm don't see any real reason to run out and find another distro immediately. I'm not particularly picky about which flavor of Linux I use. #! has certainly converted me to Openbox and I'd prefer to stick with that as well as wanting an install that's fairly frugal with system resources. There are some others out there I may eventually look into, but I'm not in any rush.

#4 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Keyboard Discussion thread of #! » 2015-01-09 09:41:06

My housemate intercepted a few old IBM Model M's that were going to be tossed in the garbage where he worked. He doesn't really like them, but knew enough to save them. I was "So if you aren't going to use those, mind if I clean one up for myself." He told be to help myself so a bit of elbow grease, some glass cleaner, and an old toothbrush had it looking and working pretty much like new and will probably outlast me. I doubt there's a louder keyboard out there, but there's also not another one that feels as good to type on as far as I'm concerned.

#5 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Application for class notes » 2015-01-08 01:12:25

I'd suggest googling 'Linux Note Taking Software' and see which ones look worth trying. GetNote or Xournal might be a good places to start. It really depends on how much post note taking editing and organization you want to do. In theory you could just as easily take notes in Geany or some other text editor if you wanted.

#6 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Crunchbang on an SSD? » 2015-01-08 00:54:04

SSD's are great. I added one the first part of December to a Win 7 based desktop and it now boots and loads my most used software so much faster it's hard to believe. That said, I'm not sure how much improvement you'll actually see using #! because it's so frugal with system resources and fast as it is. To compare, my HP laptop which is what I run #! on boots faster off a regular fairly slow hard drive than Win 7 does from SSD. I'm guessing from an SSD the BIOS initialization will take longer than the actual OS boot process. It will be one zippy system, that's for sure.

#7 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » First time Linux user, need a bit of assistance installing software. » 2014-12-27 00:03:57

I seriously would just get one that has a repository install, especially if you're new. There will be enough new things to learn to get things configured in Crunchbang that sweating over which torrent client you use (at least to begin with) seems kind of like worrying about where the screwdriver you use came from. Get the basic toolbox set up, then you can replace individual tools as you wish (and still know you have the working basic tool to fall back on).

#8 Re: Devel: CrunchBang 12 "Janice" » Ideas for Janice » 2014-12-22 08:27:00

I've not been using #! very long, but I hope whatever changes and improvements are made are kept under the hood so to speak. I doubt I'm the only one who installed #! and started it up for the first time, got to the solid grey desktop with no icons or much of a tool bar and wondered "What the heck kind of OS is this?!?" Then comes the realization upon starting up a few things that the OS is there to let you get stuff done in an efficient manner, but not to stand out in and of itself or use up any more resources than it absolutely has to.  After using it a bit more, that starts to seem like the way an OS should work. There's a philosophy to that that's very refreshing. I'd hate to see it ruined.

#9 Re: Introductions » Hello from Brum. » 2014-12-22 07:52:11

Having started with Slackware myself, I totally agree. Granted this took a lot less manual configuration, but it still has that 'nothing extra unless you add it yourself' feel to it. It would feel right using one of those all black keyboards with no letters on the keys with #!.

#10 Re: Introductions » Hello All » 2014-12-20 21:24:56

Thanks for the tip on Tint. I don't know that I'd want to get rid of it, but maybe if I could make it about half the height it is it would be good.

Have already messed with some alternate Conky scripts. Some of the fancy ones are really neat but really distracting. I may try working one of my own up at some point unless I find a decent one with multiple digital clock readouts for world time zones.

#! is like the tardis. It's bigger on the inside.

#11 Introductions » Hello All » 2014-12-20 09:14:29

Crim
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Hello all. I'm fairly new to Crunchbang Linux though I've used and dabbled with other versions over the years starting with a fairly early version of Slackware and ending with Ubuntu (not impressed at all.) I was given an HP Elitebook that really needed a wipe and re-install. It had Win 7 on it, but after two prior users it had layers of crap I had no idea what did. A friend suggested #! and I figured I might as well try it. I'm really liking it so far. There's no blingy eye candy. Just a stark open desktop with nothing that can be covered over by application windows. This is a rather large advantage on a small 10" screen. I had only been using it when I traveled, dreading the slow boot process and having to let it go through it's updates. It will likely get a lot more use here at home now.

#12 Re: Introductions » Hello Everybody! » 2014-12-20 09:04:08

I've only had it installed for a couple days as well. I'm pretty happy with it as well

#13 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Why do you use #!Crunchbang » 2014-12-20 08:50:06

I needed to wipe and do a fresh OS install on a used HP Elitebook. I'd had a bit of time running Win 7 on it and it just used too many resources and wasted too much space. I've dabbled with Linux over the years and figured it would be interesting to give it another go. A friend told me about Crunchbang and showed me what his desktop looked like. I liked the minimal look. It installed with no issues and within an hour I had the additional software I consider necessary loaded and working. I'm amazed at how small a footprint it has both in drive space and in memory use. It's also very fast and responsive. Now that it doesn't take forever to boot and update various things every time I power it on, I'll probably use it more at home than I have been.

#14 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Your CrunchBang Linux system » 2014-12-20 08:35:33

I just installed #! on an HP EliteBook 2740. I5 duel core, 4gigs ram. There were no issues at all installing and everything works.

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