CrunchBang Linux

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CrunchBang Linux
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CrunchBang Linux 11 Waldorf
OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued
Source model Open source with proprietary components
Latest release 11 20130506 (Waldorf) / 6 May 2013; 2 years ago (2013-05-06)[1]
Update method APT
Package manager dpkg, with several front-ends
Kernel type Linux
Default user interface Openbox
Official website

CrunchBang Linux (abbreviated #!) was a Linux distribution derived from Debian by Philip Newborough (who is better known by his user name, corenominal).

CrunchBang was designed to use comparatively few system resources.[2] Instead of a desktop environment it used a customized implementation of the Openbox window manager. Many of its preinstalled applications used the GTK+ widget toolkit.

CrunchBang had its own software repository but drew the vast majority of packages from Debian's repositories.[2]

Philip Newborough announced on 6 February 2015 that he had stopped developing CrunchBang and that users would benefit from using vanilla Debian.[3] Some Linux distributions have arisen in its place in an effort to continue its environment. Among the most significant are BunsenLabs and CrunchBang++[4]


CrunchBang Linux provided an Openbox version for i686, i486 and amd64 architectures.[5] Until October 2010 there also was a "Lite" version with fewer installed applications. This version was discontinued after the distribution on which it was based – Ubuntu 9.04 – was no longer supported.

CrunchBang 10, made available in February 2011, was the first version based on Debian.[6] The final version, CrunchBang 11, was made available on 6 May 2013.[1]

Each CrunchBang Linux release was given a version number as well as a code name, using a name of a Muppet Show character. The first letter of the code name was the first letter of the upstream Debian release (previously Debian Squeeze and CrunchBang Statler and currently Debian Wheezy and CrunchBang Waldorf).


In May 2013 Jim Lynch of reviewed CrunchBang 11:

Frankly, it’s one of the most functional and efficient distros available today. You can run it on top of the line hardware, or you can run it on older, slower machines. It’s a perfect choice for anyone who prefers functionality over form....These days it seems that lots of distros and other operating systems are adding tons of glitz and glitter to desktop interfaces. CrunchBang 11 does the complete opposite. Frankly, it’s a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it. It was fast, stable and did what I wanted it to do. It never bogged me down in useless desktop drivel.[7]


Newborough announced in February 2015 that he was abandoning further development of CrunchBang Linux, feeling that it no longer served a purpose.[8] The users did not all agree, and a number proceeded to develop successor distributions BunsenLabs, CrunchBang++ (#!++) and CrunchBang-Monara.


BunsenLabs is the most direct successor to the #!.[9][10] It is based on the Debian 8 stable release.

As of late September 2015, CrunchBang's domain name was redirecting to BunsenLabs' website (


CrunchBang PlusPlus (#!++) was developed in response to Newborough's announcement of the end of CrunchBang.[11] It is based on the Debian Jessie (release 8.1) distribution.[11] Release 1.0 was announced on 29 April 2015.[12]

No "News" or update has appeared since then (as of late September 2015),[13] so it is unclear if the project is still active.


CrunchBang-Monara is another successor to CrunchBang. It too is based on the Debian 8 stable release.[14]


  1. ^ a b "CrunchBang 11 "Waldorf" Released (Page 1) / News & Announcements / CrunchBang Linux Forums". CrunchBang Linux Forums. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "About – CrunchBang". Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "The end.". 
  4. ^ "CrunchBang Linux is back from the dead.". 
  5. ^ DistroWatch "CrunchBang Linux". Retrieved on 28 January 2014.
  6. ^ "CrunchBang 10 "Statler" r20110207 (Page 1) / News & Announcements / CrunchBang Linux Forums". CrunchBang Linux Forums. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Lynch, Jim (2013-05-21). "CrunchBang 11 Waldorf Review". Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  8. ^ Newborough, Peter (February 6, 2015). "The end". CrunchBang Forum. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "CrunchBang – a nimble Openbox Linux Distro". Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "A community continuation: BunsenLabs (Page 1) / News & Announcements / CrunchBang Linux Forums". CrunchBang Linux Forums. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Lynch, Jim. "CrunchBang Linux is back from the dead". 
  12. ^ "News". Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Any news would seem likely to appear in "News", CrunchBang++.
  14. ^ "CrunchBang-Monara". SourceForge. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 

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