Abbreviated as #!, Crunchbang Linux is a Linux distribution that derived from Debian. Using very few system resources, this software was designed to an Openbox window manager as opposed to the common desktop environment. In fact, the GTK+ widget toolkit were used for a variety of its applications. While most of its packages were drawn from Debian repositories, CrunchBang also had one of its own. 

While the product had a good run, developer Philip Newborough announced on February 6, 2015 that development had ceased. He encouraged consumers to instead use vanilla Debian. However, there were still enthusiastic users who made attempts to keep the environment alive by introducing similar software to take its place such as BunsenLabs and CrunchBang++.

The Many Editions

CrunchBang Linux users got the advantage in the fact that there were a variety of architectures that Linux provided an OpenBox version for including:


For users who required less power behind their technology, there was a cleverly-developed the Lite version to meet their needs that featured fewer installed applications. However, this development enjoyed a relatively short lifespan when it was abruptly discontinued. This occurred when Lite’s distribution base, Ubuntu 9.84, was no longer supported.

All in all, CrunchBang itself lived a short lifespan of just over two years. The first version made available based on Debian, CrunchBang 10, was introduced to the world in February 2011 while the final version, CrunchBang 11 made its way into the public eye on May 6, 2013.

Satisfied Clients Respond Positively

The possibilities stemming from CrunchBang technology was certainly recognized, and many users of the product were very excited when they realized how the system could make lives easier. Just a few of the functionalities that have been praised include:

  • One of the most efficient distros currently available
  • It’s able to run on top of the line hardware
  • Wonderful product for those who prefer functionality over form
  • The Sudden Demise of CrunchBang Linux

They say all good things must come to an end. However, most concepts at least have a chance to shine before dimming out from view. With CrunchBag Linux, though, the moment of fame would be a brief one. Technology is developing at an exponential rate. It can feel as though, once you purchase the latest gadget, something faster and more powerful becomes available.

This was the case for CrunchBang Linux when, in February 2015, it was announced by the developer that the product no longer served a purpose to consumers. While this may have been the opinion of one man, there was certainly dissent when it came to the accuracy of this belief. Following the marked ending of the development of CrunchBang Linux, a number of users attempted to keep the fire alive by developing successor distributions including:

  • BunsenLabs- A community-based successor, this Debian 8 stable release eventually received the traffic intended for its predecessor when
  • CrunchBang’s domain traffic was routed to their website
  • CrunchBang++ got the ball rolling as it was the first to be developed shortly¬†after the announcement of the discontinuance of the original
  • CrunchBang-Monara- also based on the Debian 8 stable release
    Both Sides of the Fence

We are all individuals with our own opinions and thoughts, and that’s part of what makes life interesting. This fact doesn’t change when it comes to the thoughts shared when CrunchBang made its way off of the market. It’s plain to see that a large number of dedicated users were more than ready to keep the legacy alive. However, there were others who felt, as the developer, that it was simply time to move one. Just a few of their rationales include:

  • The needs fulfilled by the product are already satisfied by Arch, Gentoo, and Debian Unstable
  • Many of the defaults were highly difficult to replicate, especially for novice users
  • Newer technology is in place that improvises on this outdated model
    An Exciting Future in Technology

While CrunchBang Linux only lasted two years, both sides of the debate can agree on one thing: we live in an exciting time in history, and the possibilities in science and technology are vast. It takes a predecessor like CrunchBang Linux to provide the underlying knowledge to discover future advancements that the entire world can use and enjoy.