About six months ago — on July 24, 2011, to be precise — I became a CrunchBang user after giving the distro a test run for my blog, “Larry the Free Software Guy.” I wrote about it with glowing praise here, and unlike some of the other distros I’ve tested, used for a few days and moved on, I stuck with CrunchBang for a good reason.
I wrote these two paragraphs toward the end, which I still stand by today:
“CrunchBang is probably not for the neophyte, but if you’ve been using GNU/Linux and FOSS for about a year or longer and you are comfortable tweaking your system, you should have no trouble getting up to speed on this quick distro. The site does have a caveat on the ‘about page’ at the bottom that ‘CrunchBang Linux is not recommended for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. CrunchBang Linux could possibly make your computer go CRUNCH! BANG! Therefore CrunchBang Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable law.’
“I think the lawyers made them say that, because after four days of tweaking, some of which not exactly the most advised (but nonetheless corrected), I have yet to make it go “CRUNCH! BANG!” In fact, I think I may keep the drive with this distro installed in the ThinkPad for awhile for use on a daily basis.”
I should add that I never replaced the drive in the ThinkPad and I’ve been using CrunchBang on it — my main computer, really, since this laptop never leaves my side — ever since I wrote this.
The reason I bring this up is because I’m about to give two presentations at SCALE 10X this weekend, and I had to go back and re-read this blog item (among other things) to talk about CrunchBang in a presentation entitled “On Beyond Zenwalk,” which is a riff, of course, on the Dr. Seuss book title “On Beyond Zebra.” You can be certain that the Debian representative in this mix, CrunchBang, will be ably represented.
The presentations will be streamed, and when I get the information, I will post it in a blog item as well as posting it on the CrunchBang forums. Watch this space.
(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)