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DistroWatch.com: BunsenLabs Linux

BunsenLabs Linux

Last Update: 2016-07-01 04:14 UTC

BunsenLabs Linux is a distribution offering a light-weight and easily customizable Openbox desktop. The BunsenLabs distribution is based on Debian's Stable branch and is a community continuation of the CrunchBang Linux distribution.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 137 (72), 6 months: 139 (72), 3 months: 139 (69), 4 weeks: 124 (64), 1 week: 116 (66)

Average visitor rating: 9.32/10 from 19 review(s).

BunsenLabs Linux Summary
Distribution BunsenLabs Linux
Home Page https://www.bunsenlabs.org/
Mailing Lists  
User Forums https://forums.bunsenlabs.org
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.bunsenlabs.org/installation.html
Bug Tracker https://www.bunsenlabs.org/resources.html#packages-and-bug-reports
Related Websites
Reviews Hydrogen: DistroWatchLinux Insider
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Feature Hydrogen
Release Date 2016-04-29
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
CDs 1
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Openbox
Package Management DEB (apt)
Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List hydrogen
Package Hydrogen
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib ( 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4) 4.3
bind (9.11.1-P1) --
chromium (59.0.3071.109) --
cups (2.2.3) 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.12
firefox (54.0) 38.7.1
freetype (2.8) 2.5.2
gcc (7.1.0) --
gimp (2.8.22) --
glibc (2.25) 2.19
gnome-shell (3.24.2) --
gnucash (2.6.16) --
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.18
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.16) 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.26) --
inkscape (0.92.1) --
k3b (17.04.2) --
kmod (24) 18
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.3.4) 4.3.3
linux (4.11.6) 3.16.7
Package Hydrogen
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.6) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.1.3) 10.3.2
mysql (5.7.18) --
nautilus (3.24.1) --
NVIDIA (381.22) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.5.2
openjdk (8u131) --
openssh (7.5p1) 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.1k
perl (5.26.0) 5.20.2
php (7.1.6) --
plasma-desktop (5.10.2) --
postfix (3.2.2) --
postgresql (9.6.3) --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.9
qt (5.9.0) 4.8.6
samba (4.6.5) 4.2.10
systemd (233) 215
thunderbird (52.2.0) --
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.1
xfdesktop (4.12.3) --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.16.4

Reader Ratings
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Version: Hydrogen
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-06-19
Votes: 0

At first glance it is attractive and some similarities to CrunchBang.

Over done with pipe menus with no real reason or understanding why bloat for cosmetic reasons. Menu line entries works quite well and adding a lot of script and files to support a pipe menu simply seems ridiculous.

Normorally the user will customize their desktop and applications to suit their personal needs and wants, BL seems to drag a lot of uneeded applications to perhaps suit a few individuals who helped launch the distribution. More of a personal distribution rather than a distro designed for others to use.

Not a CrunchBang replacement, although they might have fabricated corenominals blessings, it's closer to a Ubuntu distribution where openbox is a maze of menu entries to get lost within.

Not impressed, but do wish them luck. Maybe if they trimmed it back a bit (a lot) and did away with all those silly pipe menu's it would be much more attractive and have better ratings on DW.

Why does all the applications need bl- in front of it? That just adds to the bloat and adds more difficulty for a person to customize it, way over done.

Forum is a great place for conky information, the knowledge base doesn't seem to go much further than that.

It is a frankendebian-box!

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Version: Hydrogen
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-16
Votes: 1

Really lightweight.
It keeps my old hp pavilion a660.nl with AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 2.1 GHz alive.
I cant ask for anything more.

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Version: Hydrogen
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-07
Votes: 3

Best and simplest Debian-Distro i know.
Openbox - who needs more ?
Nice to customize, quick and stable... what else do you want ?

Runs very well on my Asus Zenbook and on my old Phenom-AMD-PC.
Simple to install and use. Try it out instead of Ubuntu !

By the Way - its Dark ;)

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