Monday, January 30, 2012

Exploring #! Crunchbang Linux

As a result of some Google+ conversations, listening to the sometimes slightly bawdy EverydayLinux, I decided to give a lightweight Linux distribution a Linux which is represented with a #!
Crunchbang is described in this way on their web site:
CrunchBang is a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution offering a great blend of speed, style and substance. Using the nimble Openbox window manager, it is highly customisable and provides a modern, full-featured GNU/Linux system without sacrificing performance.
You can download it here -
The first thing that threw me off was the keyboard wasn't set for US. This manifested itself when I couldn't type an email address at a login page...the @ symbol wouldn't appear but quotes " did. It seemed an insurmountable problem for me since I had never encountered it before, but then noticed a button in the top right hand corner of the screen (if you look at the screenshot above, it's in the same place as US). I clicked it and the keyboard switched to US...enabling me to type @ and other symbols normally.

The second thing that is throwing me off is the mouse. On Lubuntu (LXDE), the mouse movements are smooth. On Crunchbang, my old Logitech mouse seems to want to think about its next move after I move it, resulting in slightly jerky motion across the screen. It's not TOO bad, but disconcerting when you've grown accustomed to a smooth moving mouse.

Aside from those two concerns, minor to say the least, everything is working smooth. Installing additional apps is a cinch if you're familiar with Debian/Ubuntu variants (sudo apt-get install shutter which I use for screenshots). I couldn't help but notice that the install simply FLEW.

A colleague on Plurk is always pointing out that his Linux distribution of choice isn't working with Java. Although Crunchbang comes with Adobe Flash, MP3 player support--not to mention VLC Media Player--I was surprised to see built-in Java support. (sudo apt-get install java-common j2re*)

Also, I had to reset my time settings (sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata)

Aside from that, Crunchbang does seem to work as advertised...

I haven't decided if I'll keep it on, or just switch back to LubuntuLinux...I do like the minimalist theme.

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1 comment:

Donte Todd said...

Hi my name is Donte Todd. I am in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. First i would like to say that I found your blog quite enjoyable. I also thank you for including your personal experiences in your blog. I found it interesting that the mouse was predetermining where you wanted to postion it next from your last movement. I also thought it was interesting that the keyboard didn't start off in US. Overall though, this blog was very informative. Donte Todd

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