Earlier today, I posted a comment on the Introductions part of the forum on an introduction by a U.S. user named Diplo where, to my credit (I say, as I pat myself on the back), I resisted the temptation to go into full-lecture mode on the topic of whether “someone in the community can comment on the benefits of choosing CrunchBang, and even offer some advice or links to a newbie.”
I replied to Diplo on the forum itself, but I kept thinking about my response throughout the course of the day and what it means to be a Linux user; not just a Linux user, using a “mainstream” distribution — a concept that may have been unheard of 10 years ago — but a user of a unique, quality distro like CrunchBang.
Those of us non-developers and non-programmers who use CrunchBang on a daily basis by and large “graduated” to it after taking baby steps and using training wheels on another distro. Living digital lives around a desktop environment until we changed, it’s a step up to start using a window manager like Openbox, just as it’s an improvement to get comfortable with the command line instead of depending on GUI-based programs (though, as you know, I am always talking about using the GUI-based solutions in the forums, if they exist — I know that’s not very “leet,” but the folks who put the GUI-based solutions together deserve a nod and our thanks).
One thing I didn’t fully outline in the response to Diplo is that there is a wholeness or holistic — forgive me if the Californian is coming out — nature to CrunchBang where the cycle of an outstanding distro following a helpful community following a well-stocked forum leading back to the outstanding distro is complete. These items — an informed helpful community collecting a wide range of knowledge over time on a distro made by an outstanding lead developer — all together in the mix are essentially what makes CrunchBang great.
So it’s quite heartening to see those who are curious enough to see their hardware as a tool, not as a toy, and want to use the best tool for the job, so to speak, joining our ranks, knowing that many will stick around and become productive members of a growing CrunchBang community.
(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.)