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#1 Re: News & Announcements » The end. » 2015-02-08 02:43:12

#! was one of my first linux experiences.

It was the first distro i used in Virtualbox to experiment with web dev beyond shared hosting.  This was the foundation of my career.

It's been a great live-cd distro for recovering friends documents on old slow pcs.

It revived my college laptop in it's sad older years.

It was an early source of my admiration for beautiful and functional minimalist design (seriously, the default theming on #! is perfection).

I have lurked the forums on and off over the years, I've always enjoyed the screenshot threads immensely. The SUB 100 club thread was one I remember in particular, great learning experience.

Thank you so much for #!, it's been great.

#4 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » July 2013 Screenshot Thread » 2013-07-03 03:18:50

user77 wrote:

Same, but font change up.

Wow, this is sick! Great colors and font.

#5 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » May 2013 Screenshot Thread » 2013-05-25 20:04:40


Perfect wallpaper for solarized light (correct?).  Looks great.

#6 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Crunchbang SUB 100 club » 2013-05-25 15:40:55

3GB is a mess? smile  I'd say that's pretty damn good while retaining most of the stock packages and adding your dropbox files and a few other things.  My pretty stock vm is sitting at 2.4GB atm.  Definitely care more about the memory, disk space is abundant in my scenario.

#7 Re: Devel: CrunchBang 12 "Janice" » Ideas for Janice » 2013-05-25 15:10:26

Quick word, I actually love having abiword, gnumeric, gimp, gparted stock (even if i would remove replace them later). I think without those utils, you would lose some of the spirit of #!: minimalism but completely robust. 

As it stands now #! is not only great to install, but that completeness vs. lightweight ratio makes it my favorite livecd as well.

I have used #! for recovering/backing up old windows pcs without network, you never know when you'll want to take a peek at a spreadsheet or word doc while rummaging.

#8 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Crunchbang SUB 100 club » 2013-05-25 13:40:52

philipkroberts wrote:

Will that setup work with a VM? Do you have an iso or by any chance know which option to check and which to not.

Yes, that was done in virtualbox

Really the steps bullet points I outlined are all it took, but you should be comfortable with no login manager, a WM besides openbox and understand a little about the processes that are starting up.

I would highly recommend running through an archlinux install a few times.  I'm still a beginner, but it really helped me grasp the lower levels of ramping up a full desktop environment from scratch

Then when you come back to #!, you get to go in the opposite direction (uninstalling things, tweaking the startup). #! is already ~120MB idle out of the box, so you have pretty much the best start possible.

#9 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Crunchbang SUB 100 club » 2013-05-25 04:45:45

I remember looking at this thread and was blown away at how you guys optimized. Here is my shot


87MB with crunchbang forums loaded!

I have a new appreciation for #! which makes this goal way too easy, the lazy man's sub 100 smile

  • purge slim -> .xinitrc

  • disable bluetooth

  • urxvt

  • i3

  • dwb (newly discovered, awesome!)

I also ended up doing this at work on our cruddy 3GB dell towers to squeeze a 1GB windows VM + pidgin, irc, music, lots-o-chrome tabs.

And I never knew #! forums had such sexy responsive layouts, great exercise all around.

#12 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » waldorf pulseaudio quirks and potential fixes » 2013-02-27 17:34:52

RobyIndie wrote:

I really want to fix the quirks, but this made all wine and google chrome flash player sounds way too fast! How can we fix this without screwing up other things?

I'm guessing that happens as a result of the these lines:

default-fragments = 8
default-fragment-size-msec = 10

Try mixing, matching or removing the settings to see what works best.  Also try googling for that specific issue.

#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What are you listening to right now ? » 2013-01-19 17:06:34

Jay Electronica - Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind


#14 Tips, Tricks & Scripts » waldorf pulseaudio quirks and potential fixes » 2013-01-19 17:02:53

Replies: 4

pulseaudio has been very finicky for me on waldorf, but I finally solved it with some google and hackery.

I had two major problems:

  • If I lowered the volume to say 50% and opened a gmusicbrowser to play a song, the volume would raise itself to 100%.

This was not limited to gmusicbrowser. VLC, chrome (youtube) and other audio apps were doing the same. I nearly blew out my speakers because of this behavior

I was able to find a potential solution on the arch forums, but I also took a peek at my xubuntu partition /etc/pulse/daemon.conf  because I never had the problem there.

In an attempt to copy xubuntu, here were the lines I uncommented/added in my #! config:

flat-volumes = no
resample-method = speex-float-1
default-fragments = 8
default-fragment-size-msec = 10
deferred-volume-extra-delay-usec = 1

After adding these, the volume now works as expected. Other apps do not auto boost the volume to 100%.  I added these options all at once, but you might have success with just the flat-volumes option.

  • Skype or VLC audio would be very distorted and fuzzy

This was a more common issue, but it's worth mentioning. Found the solution here on the arch forums and here. Essentially it's adding


to the load module settings.

# /etc/pulse/
### Automatically load driver modules depending on the hardware available
load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0
### Use the static hardware detection module (for systems that lack udev/hal support)
load-module module-detect tsched=0

There are some implications to adding this option, but it's a nice quick fix. Check out the arch link above for a good discussion.

When modifying these settings, make sure to restart pulseaudio:

pulseaudio -k
# or
pulseaudio --kill && pulseaudio --start

#15 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » January 2013 Screenshot Thread » 2013-01-14 02:57:58

gutterslob wrote:

so beautiful, color scheme fits perfectly

#17 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » January 2013 Screenshot Thread » 2013-01-01 22:31:34

Spent a while creeping the threads, I think it's finally time for my first screenshot post!

Spent the holidays vbox distro hopping and learning the arch way, finally got to put them on my main box.

Pretty vanilla archbang:


And xubuntu:


Really liking it, the defaults are nice. Feels very light and clean compared to normal buntu.

Tried plain buntu too, but bailed as soon as I saw the amazon search in the gnome shell. Disappointing.

#18 Re: CrunchBang Talk » Why do you use #!Crunchbang » 2012-12-03 00:59:59

First of all, #! is now my main distro at work.  I started with Ubuntu -> Xubuntu -> #! statler. Couldn't be happier.

I run a Win XP VM on a work PC at all times with only 3GB of ram, heavy outlook/photoshop usage.  On #! it flies, where the buntu setups would get very sluggish.

Second, the style and configuration of everything out of the box is fantastic.  Minimalist and easy on the eyes, just excellent (waldorf is great too).

Third, the install scripts for first run/dropbox/chrome.  They're not that tough to setup manually, but it's a really nice touch.

Lastly, as many have said the forums are great.  Almost every question I had was answered in detail in a previous post by extremely knowledgeable people.  Love seeing screenshots and configs from other people too.

Hope to be involved more in the future, i'll be on crunch for a long time!

#19 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Calendar panel remains open [SOLVED] » 2012-11-28 17:23:39

thank you for the help, that right click command worked perfectly

clock_rclick_command = killall gsimplecal

#20 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [solved] Dual Monitors - black vertical bar using custom xrandr mode » 2012-11-26 19:45:19

Wow !!!  Just solved it, i just had to press the auto adjust button on the monitor itself.

What a doozie! Hopefully this helps some one though!

#21 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [solved] Dual Monitors - black vertical bar using custom xrandr mode » 2012-11-26 19:36:17

Replies: 1

Looking for a little help with setting up dual monitors. Both are 1440x900, but 1 monitor uses a DP -> VGA cable.

Here is the default xrandr output

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 2880 x 900, maximum 8192 x 8192
VGA1 connected 1440x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 370mm x 230mm
   1440x900       59.9*+   75.0  
   1280x1024      75.0     60.0  
   1280x800       59.8  
   1152x864       75.0  
   1024x768       75.1     70.1     60.0  
   832x624        74.6  
   800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2  
   640x480        72.8     75.0     66.7     60.0  
   720x400        70.1  
HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DP1 connected 1360x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
   1360x768       59.8  
   1024x768       60.0  
   800x600        60.3     56.2  
   848x480        60.0  
   640x480        59.9     59.9  

So my first step was to add the 1440x900 mode for the DP1 output

xrandr --newmode "1440x900_60.00"  106.50  1440 1528 1672 1904  900 903 909 934 -hsync +vsync
xrandr --addmode DP1 "1440x900_60.00"

Then I used arandr to generate a configuration script:

xrandr --output HDMI1 --off --output DP1 --mode "1440x900_60.00" --pos 1440x0 --rotate normal --output VGA1 --mode 1440x900 --pos 0x0 --rotate normal

This successfully updates the display, but here is what I see on the monitors

[    ][   ||]

Where the left side is the VGA (which is good), and the right side is DP.  The || is a black bar that i cannot move my mouse past.

When I take a screenshot of this, I see the full screen (no black bar). Also when I move my mouse from screen to screen, it disapears for a few seconds, then appears.

Clearly the right black bar is some sort of right margin that pushes the screen over.

I moved from xubuntu to crunchbang, and here is the old arandr script

xrandr --output HDMI1 --off --output DP1 --mode 1440x900 --pos 1440x0 --rotate normal --output VGA1 --mode 1440x900 --pos 0x0 --rotate normal

As you can see the 1440x900 was natively detected, I did no manual adding there.

$ lspci
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

Any ideas of what to try?

#22 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Finishing Up a PPC Install (stalonetray nitrogen) #! Clone Attempt » 2010-04-03 04:18:41

lxsession &

Commented that out, and now the background stays put.

Looks great.  I'll post some screenshots soon!

#23 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Finishing Up a PPC Install (stalonetray nitrogen) #! Clone Attempt » 2010-04-03 04:05:56

Yea, that was pretty frustrating.
I've looked into it a little.  I know lxpanel is related to trayer in a way.  The tint2 look is just so damn nice though.

Really good guide here:

I noticed after testing after removing tint v 0.6 from the startup that nitrogen cooperated.  So now testing with tint2 smile

#24 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Finishing Up a PPC Install (stalonetray nitrogen) #! Clone Attempt » 2010-04-03 03:32:56

mm, yes i see that.  However in synaptic and when actually installing it with apt-get, I used tint2 but ended up with just tint.  Going through the google code wiki on tint2 now to try and fix.

#25 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Finishing Up a PPC Install (stalonetray nitrogen) #! Clone Attempt » 2010-04-03 03:20:53

The tray seems nonexistent.  There was no section in the tintrc for the tray as I've seen in posts. According to synaptic I have version 0.6, but #! lists 0.7.x.x, so I'll try that out (oops).  Ahh that's why using tint as a command works, should be tint2.

Yes I have a delay on nitrogen already. I'm stumped.  I'll post my autostart.


lxsession &

gnome-power-manager &


conky -q &

tint -c ~/.config/tint/mytint &

#(sleep 4s && stalonetray) &

(sleep 5s && wicd) &

(sleep 3s && nitrogen --restore) & 

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