Things you can do with CrunchBang

Erik Schneider, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, did pretty much the unthinkable, and did it well.

Frankly, he nailed it.

I’ll let him tell the story, which he posted on the San Francisco LUG mailing list: “Thought someone out there might be interested in, or know someone else interested in, a distilled account of a successful dual-boot install of Crunchbang Linux on a disk with an existing OS X Lion install, using the system EFI partition directly without the mediation of rEFIt or rEFInd.”

Well, that got my attention.

“The story is long and aimed at Linux dilettantes such as myself, who are adventurous but unschooled. I put in more details than many Linux geeks might need, hoping that assembling the results of several googles would save someone else time.”

So Erik, who is also eriktrips on our own forums, posted his blog item here. Also, there is a thread on the CrunchBang forums here on the topic with additional links and discussion on the process.

In his e-mail, Erik concludes with a statement that should come as standard procedure for CrunchBang forum participants: “Comments are welcome, but please be kind. I’m just a humanities nerd with a technological itch, and I make no claims as to knowledge or method in any field whatsoever.”

Regardless, that was great work, Erik, and you should be proud. Glad, too, that you chose CrunchBang as your alternate OS to Lion.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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3 responses to “Things you can do with CrunchBang

  1. Cool. I set up a dual-boot of Crunchbang and Lion on my 2008 Macbook about 3 weeks ago. There was only one tricky part. I had to put Crunchbang on a certain partition. Four, was it? And no swap. It was far, far easier than that blog post, which I could barely follow. No insult to the author. I’m a noob. This was only my second ever install of Linux onto a hard drive! The first being Ubuntu the day before. I had previously played around with some live-iso’s. Oh, I had to use a DVD because the 2008 Macbook didn’t care for booting from USB. Crunchbang is awesome. I almost felt like I needed a throttle to slow it down.

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