i am a very young 57 (according to my Wife, but she's biased) and live in bloody freezing Saddleworth, Yorkshire, UK.
I have been a veritable and unabashed Distro hopper for almost three years. I adore the sharpness of Arch and Pacman, the beauty of K.D.E and have tried (and installed) almost every Arch, Suse, Fedora, Gentoo based distribution found on Distrowatch. (There are at least NINE Arch based ones!)
My Wife often has to ask how to start or shutdown the P.C on a daily basis as the O.S changes so frequently. Arch and Gentoo are wonderful, but I got fed up of having to manually edit config files, and getting something as simple as a printer to work can be be a nightmare.
Asking for help on Arch forums is not always helpful but often results in derision or outright arrogance and I don't think that I'm alone in this.
So I recently re-installed CrunchBang on an aged Celeron single core laptop and liked it muchly.
Now installed and running superbly on our main quad core too, a well specified desktop (family) P.C.
Simple, light, elegant. Sure it doesn't have the bells and whistles of K.D.E or Cinnamon, or the appeal of emerging a la Gentoo, but it sure as hell works well.
I try hard to encourage my personal clients to either dual boot windows/Linux or dump M$ completely, often when the viruses have done their best or some hidden payload has messed up their computer O.S. I have been very successful in this pursuit and firmly believe that the only way to encourage users to change old habits is to talk about other and better options. Word of mouth and demonstrating with a live C.D helps. Most of my clients who have switched freely admit that they should have moved to Linux/GNU years ago and have never looked back. Some of course will never change or simply don't want to.
So, CrunchBang (Waldorf) is now on our P.Cs and staying on. it does everything we need and more. With a colourful stash of wallpapers it even looks good! The CB-welcome start up script makes it easy for even the most die hard windows users to get going. Printers work immediately, Opera-browser and bleachbit are available, it's Debian based. It's not bleeding edge but it WORKS and continues to work, simply, efficiently, and lightly. All hail to Crunchbang. A new Linux/GNU for my clients.
Please could we have some more "colourful" wallpapers ready to use. Non geeks need colour!
Good luck to you all and DO tell other people about the "other" operating systems. It really does work so spread the word and bugger the shareholders. An aging socialist, Distro hopper.
Thank you CrunchBang for bringing Darkness to light.
DelphGeek and a happy Family...
Welcome aboard DelphGeek.
You only stop distro hopping when you find the right one, but you still look, if you're anything like me, but now I only look at small live distros.
welcome, nice to have you around. but frankly, we havent had colored wallpapers coming with #! since 2009 and except one complaint on the forum I remember, everyone is just happy with it as it is - easy enough to add your own as you like it. enjoy the show!
Last edited by saneks (2013-02-18 20:03:13)
eee701 user & other lap/desktops
Finally! Someone older than me (barely)! Welcome to CrunchBang, DelphGeek, and nice intro above. FWIW, to add to what saneks said, we have a huge library of desktop pictures/artwork/etc. in the forum to choose from. One of the many great things about this distro is that it's a "clean slate" for you to create you own look and feel.
Curious, How much configuring do you give your non-geek clients for #! .... The learning curve must be huge for a first time linux user. How much of the work do you do for them, are there set apps you put on for them immediately. How much training do you give them? It's an interesting distro to give newbs, though I am very in love with it myself. I wasn't an absolute newb when I got here though.
I have several non-geek clients (60) now... All using a combination of debian/#!/Xfce and the learning curve is not nearly as much as you think it might be
They understand perfectly the right click menu and I have aliases in place to help with terminal needs so the training is none actually and they are very productive
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I'm a young (51 year old) Yorkshireman too. From Sheffield but living in Portland OR, USA. Right nice it is too out here! Anyway must say that the Crunchbang forums are great. Very helpful and friendly people I must say which is not how some of the other forums I've visited have been while checking out various Linux distros. Linux Mint where I started was a very friendly place too. I also use a KDE distro but the community is really lacking there and I must say is a bit of a put off for me. The community here is one of the reasons I decided to stay with Crunchbang. Enjoy!