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DistroWatch.com: BunsenLabs Linux

BunsenLabs Linux

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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: 126 (72), 6 months: 130 (68), 3 months: 128 (67), 4 weeks: 124 (68), 1 week: 110 (75)

Average visitor rating: 9.2/10 from 30 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
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Feature Hydrogen
Release Date 2016-04-29
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 659-960
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Openbox
Package Management DEB (apt)
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd
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 (9.11.2) --
chromium (61.0.3163.91) --
cups (2.2.4) 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.42.12
firefox (55.0.3) 38.7.1
freetype (2.8.1) 2.5.2
gcc (7.2.0) --
gimp (2.8.22) --
glibc (2.26) 2.19
gnome-shell (3.26.0) --
gnucash (2.7.0) --
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.12.18
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.21) 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.27) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.08.1) --
kmod (24) 18
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.4.1) 4.3.3
linux (4.13.3) 3.16.7
Package Hydrogen
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.8) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.2.1) 10.3.2
mysql (5.7.19) --
nautilus (3.26.0) --
NVIDIA (384.69) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.5.2
openjdk (8u144) --
openssh (7.5p1) 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.1k
perl (5.26.0) 5.20.2
php (7.1.9) --
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) --
postfix (3.2.2) --
postgresql (9.6.5) --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.9
qt (5.9.1) 4.8.6
samba (4.7.0) 4.2.10
systemd (234) 215
thunderbird (52.3.0) --
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.1
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.16.4

Reader Ratings
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Version: Hydrogen
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 0

Very nice appearance and themed nicely OTB.

Don't understand the reasoning of the statement "I understand" in the welcome-screen. Childish assumption of a persons abilities.

Lot's of pipe-menus, many should go and use the menu, most all users are capable of using packing managers.

High CPU usage and ram on login. This where I know it won't be installed on my PC. Question is why and whats running in the background to do that? Very bloated distribution.
Not a continuation of CrunchBang, perhaps an attempt to attach themselves to the legacy. Simply does not have the attributes and capabilities of CB.

Perhaps a rework of the BL obmenu and remove all the bl-apps would greatly enhance the way it functions.

Overall not a bad distribution, just not right for me. Just confused over what them are attempting,

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Version: Hydrogen
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-24
Votes: 2

BunsenLabs Deuterium with kernel 4.9.0-3-amd64 is working smoothly in my old Dell XPS 15 l501x.
Being a minimalist, the Openbox configuration is visually appaling and lighter than other bloated distros.
I give the max rating because BunsenLabs community is awesome, as it was the good old Crunchbang's.

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Version: Hydrogen
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-06
Votes: 1

I have sent a lot of time looking for an operating system for a old Asus (701) EEpc 4G
This netbook only has 512mb of memory and a 4gig hdd.
I have to install via a SD card, many systems would not install, and those that did fail to load a wifi driver.

BunsenLabs Linux solved these problems via their graphical installer on the non pae iso = bl-Deuterium-i386+NonPAE_20170429.iso

Open box is a little quirky so I added the main Jessie repository to synaptic

you can then upgrade the system to LXDE via the synaptic program by adding the following repository to its settings below:

URI= http://ftp.debian.org/debian
Distribution = jessie
Section(s) = main

this gave me all the goals of the OS which is switchable to either DM via the log-on screen, openbox or openbox + LXDE

This is a class modern os which can even run on the old odd-ball netbook and fast too

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