First look: CrunchBang - A faster Ubuntu!

Fast and furious Ubuntu for geeks!

  CrunchBang Linux
Everybody knows Ubuntu, right? And I bet that some of you heard about Openbox, the standards compliant, fast, lightweight, extensible window manager (similar to Fluxbox). Well, CrunchBang is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and powered by Openbox!

What makes CrunchBang special? And why should you use it? Below we've listed the major differences between Ubuntu and CrunchBang:

■ CrunchBang is sustained by the lightweight Openbox window manager, as opposed to GNOME;
■ ROX-Filer and Thunar are used as file managers instead of Nautilus;
■ Epiphany is used as the default web browser. However, Firefox remains available;
■ CrunchBang comes packed with out-of-the-box support for MP3 and DVD playback, Adobe Flash, and other multimedia components;
■ CrunchBang uses a modified Darkilouche GTK theme and Tango icons, as opposed to the Human theme used in Ubuntu.

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The man behind CrunchBang, Philip Newborough, says that he developed this distro for personal use and that it powers all his systems, both at home and at work: "I didn't develop CrunchBang Linux with the intention of releasing/distributing it, indeed it's probably not fit for general consumption; however, I've decided to release it under the premises that someone may actually find it useful."

We took CrunchBang for a little test drive on one of our systems here at Softpedia, and we found it quite interesting and very fast. It includes the following applications:
■ Epiphany web browser
■ Firefox web browser
■ Thunderbird e-mail/news client
■ Liferea RSS reader
■ gFTP FTP client
■ XChat IRC client
■ Pidgin instant messenger
■ GIMP image editor
■ Inkscape SVG editor similar to Illustrator,
CorelDraw or Visio
■ Eye of Gnome image viewer
■ Agave palette designer
■ Specimen font previewer
■ Xsane image scanner
■ OpenOffice.org office suite
■ Totem movie player
■ Rhythmbox music player

■ Audacity audio editor
■ PiTiVi video editor
■ Kino video editor
■ AcidRip DVD extractor
■ Cheese webcam
application
■ Sound Juicer CD
extractor
■ Serpentine audio-cd
extractor
■ GnomeBaker CD/DVD
writer
■ ROX-Filer file manager
■ Thunar file manager
■ Xarchiver archive manager
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It also includes a few text editors, a lot of system administration tools and other useful scripts. We've noticed that CrunchBang doesn't have a fancy boot splash, not even a cool boot screen like Ubuntu has, but it boots so fast that I think you don't even have time to see the boot splash.

In conclusion, our tests revealed that a torrent application is missing and we do believe that Brasero is much better that GnomeBaker when you want to write CDs or DVDs. CrunchBang is a fast and good looking Ubuntu remaster. It includes a lot of useful tools, scripts and applications. Give it a try!

Below you'll see some screenshots of CrunchBang that we've took during our tests.

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Download CrunchBang right now from Softpedia.

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By    30 Jan 2008, 13:20 GMT