I still feel like a novice with Linux, but after Ubuntu introduced the Unity desktop I realised it was time to start looking for a lighter and less cumbersome system; and as other people have already commented, Crunchbang just works. And there's something I quite like about the minimal desktop - I just don't feel like I need to customise it beyond tweaking the menu a bit.
Currently typing this on an old and worn-out laptop that's held together with gaffer tape to keep the screen casing in place, with Crunchbang running on it, and it simply does everything I need it to. What more could a cheapskate ask for?
-It is ready for use after installation
-Fast on my SSD
-Nice people, who actually helps, if problems with linux- newbie like me.
My first experiences with Linux were with Suse back in '02, I liked playing with it and had the luck of having two or three linux connoisseurs in my apprenticeship class.
I've always liked playing with different distros, most of them Debian based, but never had Linux installed as main OS.
What really got me hooked on #! were:
- based on Debian
- fast (even when not on a SSD)
- simple yet appealing looks (even though it could be modified, I only added information to conky)
Crunchbang is the only Linux installation which has not had to share a PC with any other OS.
Qui audet adipiscitur./Who dares, wins./Quien se atreve, gana./Wer wagt, gewinnt./Qui ose, gagne./Chi osa, vince.
Certainty of death, small chance of success, what are we waiting for?
- Gimli son of Gloín
I use it, because
- a friend, now dead :-( , encouraged me to try it out
- i wanted a slim distro on a stick
- a small and fast desktop manager, which openbox is
- usable on a old IBM Laptop
- a not too big distro for dual-boot modus
Furthermore i wanted to try a different system for training reasons.
I continue to use it because it is awsome:
Debian Stable tweaked by corenominal
Amazing amount of packages in Debian repo
Openbox - lean & mean
What else could I want
Fast and stable !!!!
I try to find which linux distro will support my job. Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, Arch, Korora, ....
#!Crunchbang is very comfortable and suitable for me.
I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to Linux but am comfortable enough with it and all the support on various forums that switching to #! as the distro for my work laptop was simple and I'm happy with the move. I'm an economist and mainly use my work laptop to run various statistical packages, such as R, STATA, and MATLAB, all of which are supported on #!. The reason I chose #! is that because it is so light on my machines's resources, the previously reserved capacity can go towards the raw computing power needed for my stats programs. After doing some testing for windows7 vs. #! on the same machine with a few different codes in the same program, I found #! to be just as fast on code that was CPU/RAM light, and increasingly faster the more the code required of the CPU and RAM.
No brainer, I'm super happy with #!
I'm using it because I needed a way to get my old (10 years?) computer running smoothly again. With a very low resource usage, CrunchBang worked for me, and it certainly doesn't hurt that I can customize just about everything to my heart's content. I didn't lose any programs in the switch from XP, and I actually regained the abililty to use Opera without having excessive swapping grind the computer to a halt. This is the third linux distro I've been on after using DSL to repair a laptop a few years ago and trying out the Xubuntu live CD a few weeks ago, and things are pretty good here.
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Sorry about that. I accidentally posted my password in IRC and I had the same password set here so they changed my signature.
CB makes my work life very efficient. No need to deal with unpredictable update breakages or constant spending $ on os-upgrades/app-upgrades/virus-protection/subscriptions/and myriad other things that go with proprietary os'es and sometimes even other Linuxes. Plus most everything works out of the box and is set up in an intelligent, sensible way. Really, this is a "working person's" operating system. No fluff, just power.
I have been using #! for a few days now and was distro hopping for a lightweight and fast distro. This OS is simply amazing! So fast, stable and convenient. I have learned much more with this distro than with Ubuntu or Puppy. The #! team has done a fantastic job of making this distro an end-all for distro hoppers. I LOVE #! and already have one convert who needed an alternative for his iBook. Thank you, #! team for all you do! You now have another loyal patron.
"All the best people in life seem to like LINUX."
I personally felt like #! was a specialized OS made just for me since the 1st time I crossed over to the Dark Side starting with Statler. I've been running Waldorf for over a year now on my T40, X22 and NC10 with no problems at all. #! is amazingly fast from bootup to shutdown ootb. Simple, reliable, customizable and just so cool like that. I used to be a casual distro hopper for years but #! has me hook, line and sinker. Viva la #!.
T40 - #!Waldorf - Puppy Frugal - 8)
Why am I using #!?
PIII mobile 700Mhz 192MB RAM (not upgradable)
End of XP support
Zenwalk (previous distro of choice) wouldn't play nice with the hardware
Debian minimal takes too long to get how I want
No messing around with boot parameters to make the video work during install
(as with Mint, and several others, which then proceed to set up non working video modes - you'd think the installers would figure out if you had to run install in other than the default video mode, you need to run the OS in other than default video mode but NOOOOOOOOOO.....)
No messing around swapping to tty2 and activating swap just to get the install to run (several major distros)
All the hardware working within an hour of installing
(Unheard of! Even the Win2k it was supplied running takes longer than that to get talking to the WiFi)
Only time it's been even close to this fast was when I Ran 98Lite on it....
I'm seriously Impressed, I may even look into changing my Windows Server 2k3 + wampserver64 box to #! + LAMP rather than downgrading to 2k8/12 .... Windows peaked at 2k it's been downhill ever since (my opinion)
(though it'll still need windoze of some flavour in a VM running concurrently on it, in the same way it currently has Linux in a VM under 2k3, the setup requires running stuff that neither OS can do by itself)
Blessed is he who expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed...
Why do I use Crunchbang? I use it because I wanted a linux distro that is lightweight, looks good, and is based on Debian. Crunchbang gave me all of these, and it doesn't complain when I customize something, which is really, really, really nice! Plus, I'm using an old computer (Pentium D, 1.5GB of RAM), so it's very nice how fast crunchbbang is. (Don't worry, I'll soon be getting an only moderatly old core 2 quad system, with 4GB of RAM. Can't wait!)
I use Crunchbang because it is very close to what I would set up myself from a Debian netinstall. A minimal system with a minimal desktop and a minimal set of apps. If I were to create my own personal, installable distro for convenience... well... it would pretty much be Crunchbang. So I don't make the effort. And I dig the theming.
"If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life."
#! has now taken over my main PC. goodbye Ubuntu!
Easiest Linux install imho. even better than ubuntu with just the needed questions asked and nothing more.
Browser/Youtube works while the system updates itself post-install. Not even Ubuntu did that in the past.
Very fast dual-boot. And i even have the dreaded Nvidia GPU and it still works right of the box. I am as happy as a clam.
I have posted before so here goes, again. I think the main reason I keep coming back to #! is that I can modify my main menu quickly. It's the easiest menu system to change that I have ever tried. I am a big fan of Puppy Lucid as well mainly for the same reason. What gives #! the edge I think is the rich and very stable Debian Wheezy repos. Puppy is THE distro I use along with #! on my old Dell 3000. I still have it on my two old HP laptops as well. Oh and before I forget, my Mom is still using Crunchbang 11. And she is almost 80. She loves it!
I use Crunchbang because I would be a fool not to.
^That is the best and most obvious reason I have ever heard.
Time to move on!#
I used to run Arch with openbox DE and was satisfied with that. I really like the simplicity of pacman. Then I wanted the stability of debian, so my final choice was to sacrifice the user-friendliness of pacman for the stability of debian. And that was a good choice. The look of #! is the reason why I don't run just debian + openbox.
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Been reading the last few pages of this thread... Interesting to see some other folk had a similar "love at first sight" reaction to !#
My initial experiences with linux were raspbian on the pi and I started feeling confident enough to put a full distro on my laptop. I cast about a bit, tried a few things that I didn't quite feel comfortable with. When I saw #! it just felt right. It's got utility and style and the familiarity of debian.
I'm still experimenting with lots of linux-based stuff. Arch for now, maybe Gentoo, even LFS later (maybe!). But I can't see myself voluntarily choosing anything over #! for my main OS, it's just so spot on.
I love the lightweight, simplicity of it. Crunchbang makes an incredible base to build up a system that is yours alone. Being a Debian system, it's a no-brainer, since it's known for it's stability. And really, you're not going to find a better community for a Linux distro.
Computers are a lot like air conditioners...
useless when you open windoze
-being a newbe in everything
-got 8 year old laptop. using it for browsing and watching stuff.
-win7 and even winxp lags a lot, +no possible drivers for my video card. in ubuntu i couldn't watch mkv movies and stream n shit
-been using ubuntu for 6 months, then my hdd crashed
-need live cd ASAP
-tried fedora kde and xubuntu - looks like shit and are too heavy for this laptop. puppy linux just looks like shit
-accidentally found this distro and even installed it on my flashdisk
-it looks fine, crunchbang live cd has all drivers for my videocard, and adobe flash and stuff.
-i think i'll keep it wen ill buy another hdd
I had an old Dell Inspiron 600m laptop which became a boat anchor after XP Support ended. It took 10 minutes to boot and another 20 to get all the security updates. I had heard that linux could save old pc's from the trash heap so I went for it. I had to find a nonpae version which wasn't that easy. Puppy linux was cute but it barked too much. Mint was too much for the box. Lubuntu worked but it eventually died as I suspect as it is not a true non pae kernel. Bodhi worked well but was to busy and nervous for a simple man like myself. So far Crunch bang seems to meet my needs. I haven't figured out networking with my pc but I get around that with dropbox.
When my laptop with Linux Mint on it burned out, I got my hands on an desktop with XP on it. First thing I did was replace XP with Mint 15, which to my surprise ran slow as crap on older hardware. So I started distro hopping like crazy, (which is always fun and I still try out new distros constantly) I found that CrunchBang runs great, and is just so dang tweakable that I only hop distros for the sake of curiosity now. Plus the community is fun, friendly, and helpful.
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Why? Well, decided to refurbish an old Desktop over a year ago. The pieces that still functioned became part of another system.
Started reading GNU/Linux books from the local and county libraries over three years ago. I knew about the Microsoft Anti-Trust case because I was doing research for someone several years before that. When the new parts started to be delivered, I searched for the GNU/Linux distributions that could support the Intel Pentium 4 CPU. Tried over (30) different distros. Only a handful worked really well. But, you guessed it! Crunchbang is the hands down winner. Robust, scalable, modular, ...and quite snappy...#! you're best!....
Intel Pentium 4 150 GB HDD 4 GB RAM