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Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC

Crunchbangplusplus, a continuation of CrunchBang Linux which was discontinued in 2015, is a minimalist distribution based on the latest stable Debian release while featuring the lightweight Openbox window manager. It is available for both i686 and x86_64 processor architectures.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 143 (60), 6 months: 177 (44), 3 months: 181 (38), 4 weeks: 159 (38), 1 week: 138 (39)

Average visitor rating: 8.92/10 from 13 review(s).

Crunchbangplusplus Summary
Distribution Crunchbangplusplus
Home Page https://www.crunchbangplusplus.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/
Alternative User Forums Reddit
Documentation http://crunchbanglinux.org/wiki/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.crunchbangplusplus.org/#downloadDistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites GitHub
Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

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Feature 12.0 11.1
Release Date 2023-06-13 2021-09-23
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1500-1600 1500-1600
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox
Package Management DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite GOffice GOffice
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List 12.0 11.1
Package 12.0 11.1
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.5 3.0.4
alsa-lib (1.2.11) 1.2.8 1.2.4
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- 19.1.0
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1
bind (9.18.27) -- --
chromium (125.0.6422.112) -- --
cups (2.4.8) 2.4.2 --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.3 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.2
firefox (126.0.1) 102.12.0 78.14.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.10.4
gcc (14.1.0) 12.2.0 10.2.1
gimp (2.10.38) 2.10.34 2.10.22
glibc (2.39) 2.36 2.31
gnome-shell (46.2) -- --
gnucash (5.6) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) 1.12.55 1.12.48
grub (2.12) 2.06 --
gtk (4.14.4) 4.8.3 3.24.24
httpd (2.4.59) -- --
inkscape (1.3.1) -- --
k3b (24.05.0) -- --
kmod (32) 30 28
krita (5.2.2) -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.3) -- --
linux (6.9.2) 6.1.27 5.10.46
Package 12.0 11.1
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.2.3) -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- --
mesa (24.1.0) 22.3.6 20.3.5
mysql (8.4.0) -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- --
NVIDIA (550.78) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1
openjdk (22) -- --
openssh (9.7p1) 9.2p1 8.4p1
openssl (3.3.0) 3.0.9 1.1.1k
perl (5.38.2) 5.36.0 5.32.1
php (8.3.7) -- --
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- --
postfix (3.9.0) -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- --
Python (3.12.3) 3.11.2 3.9.2
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.8 5.15.2
samba (4.20.1) 4.17.8 --
systemd (255.7) 252.6 247.3
thunderbird (125.0) -- --
vim (9.1) 9.0 8.2
vlc (3.0.20) 3.0.18 3.0.16
wayland (1.22.0) -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.7 1.20.11

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Version: 12.0
Rating: 7
Date: 2024-02-25
Votes: 0

I regret that I cannot agree with the reviews further down.

For me it's difficult to determine what's the goal of this distribution:
* as a server platform it's okayish. If you want a Debian base with a simple GUI for administration I'd give it a "9". In a post-install step you are offered to install the LAMP software package, ready to go with Apache, Maria-DB, php. Yet I missed "iptables", which had to be fetched manually.
* for users who want to go for an Openbox Desktop, on which they enjoy spending time to configure the system to their liking (tinker with ~/.config/openbox/autostart and others) Crunchbangplusplus might be a worthwhile choice, rewarding their efforts with stability and simplicity - if they aren't afraid of terminal work. An "8" would be my ranking.
* for novice to expert users who just want to setup their computer workhorse, preferring minimum hassle with their operating system I give it a "7".

- stable Debian 12 base with countless proven packages available
- excellent clarity of fonts (a must for my aging eyes!)
- lets you dig into and learn about the components of a contemporary Linux system.

- the old-school Debian installer might confuse users who have experienced e.g. Calamares, yet it offers some welcomed fine tuning.
- the package selection is debatable, obviously a matter of taste. `apt-get`will be your friend.

- Crunchbangplusplus, installed on my HD, by no means is slim & snappy! `top` in a terminal, immediately after logging in (I disabled `conky`) gives 1 GB of MiB Mem usage, or more. For aging machines there are much better alternatives like Lubuntu, WattOS (R 13 ~ 570, R 12 ~ 360 MiB Mem) or even Slackware 15 Plasma (~ 750 MiB Mem).
- I encountered a serious bug: after each and every package installation the system triggered a rebuild of initramfs - which failed miserably. It turned out the script is looking for some Raspberry PI firmware in /boot/firmware, obviously in vain. Removing the offending
Raspberry -packages fixed the issue.

In summary I'd only recommend this distro to CrunchBang afficionados. However they should not expect to find the same plainness and modesty on resources they esteemed in the good ol' days.

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Version: 12.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-10-11
Votes: 27

I have been hunting for a Distro like CB++ ever since I discovered Linux back in the mid 90s. Ubuntu was nice for a bit, as was Mint, but the graphical desktop manager always felt mis-placed and the whole OS felt slow on older hardware. I've installed CB++ on old AND new hardware, everything from Celeron NUC boxes, to dual (physical) CPU Xeon workstations and it just works. No fuss, no muss, and never did I feel that the Distro was slow, or had tons of unneeded things pre-installed (I'm looking at you Garuda)
This is the way all Distros should be, and Openbox is just the frosting on the cake.

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Version: 12.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-09-22
Votes: 14

For me I like this interface, and lightweight size. It's good for making server and it can be use on old pc. This linux stable for now and can be customize I think this distro no need to update frequently. Just update when have a big changer only all package for me already complete no need to add more package. But what I hope is can you make iso for "test software" on raspberry pi4 I have raspberry pi4 and I hope I can test software on it before install on my pc. One more I hope you can make bigger forum for discussion about how to install some software on this linux distro. Yes the way is like install software on debian but some software requires manual install library. I think maybe it's good if you can help me solve 2 of this problems
1. Make iso for raspberry pi4(if you can put x86driver on it, if cannot it's ok)
2. Make bigger forum for discussion about software installation

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