My first impresssions of CrunchBang
I was recently given an old laptop which is an Asus Hi-grade Notino A1300, it has an 800MHZ processor and 384MB of memory which is the maximum. I only want to use it for reference when I am in a club meeting and for Internet access when I am away, it would be nice if it could play small news video reports.
It had Xubuntu on when I got it, which was generally alright, but it wouldn't play videos and didn't have wireless support installed (I didn't try to install it) so being familiar with Ubuntu, I tried Lubuntu. Wireless installation was a nightmare, it only just about played videos and it felt crude. I then tried Puppy, wireless was installed automatically and worked, and the look and feel was a lot better. The problem was the installation process - you have to work out yourself what to do. I was never sure about the difference between "Frugal" and "Full" installations and which would be best for my system. It's a rather odd setup and I never had confidence in it.
After doing a bit of research I briefly tried a few other 'minimalist' distributions and Crunchbang seems to win hands down.
It uses DEB packages which are commonly available and I and many other Linux users are used to.
The simple installation process leads you through it - this is my first post! When I try a new distribution and join its forum my first post is usually "Please help me to....."
The Openbox desktop is simple and looks smart.
Videos are just about ok.
Wireless was present and setup easily.
Menus aren't overloaded with dubious applications, there is a small number which are useful and good quality.
It's speedy - it will scroll through one of my spreadsheets quite satisfactorily which Lubuntu would not.
Overall it seems to do 'what it says on the tin' - it's a small and fast distribution, but unlike others it is easily installed and looks professional.
Probably to be continued...
Last edited by ChrisOfBristol (2013-01-07 10:04:47)
Welcome to the herd!
Videos are just about ok.
That's a rather low-spec laptop, but "just about OK" is never good enough in my opinion; please feel free to start a new thread and we'll see what we can do about making it awesome. At a minimum include the output of
so we can see exactly what hardware you have there.
pvsage: I did say that it was an old laptop and I didn't expect much of it, I don't want to turn a very positive impression into a criticism. If you think it's possible to speed the videos up it would be useful though, so I've posted the lspci in a different thread.
Last edited by ChrisOfBristol (2013-01-07 12:00:03)
I did say that it was an old laptop and I didn't expect much of it, I don't want to turn a very positive impression into a criticism. If you think it's possible to speed the videos up it would be useful though, so I've posted the lspci in a different thread.
I have posted in the other thread; hope it is of use to you.
/moderator edit: fixed link
Last edited by pvsage (2013-01-07 14:45:51)
fatmac, could you edit out or update the quote please as I have just realised that my link is to an edit not to the post itself.
@fatmac: I fixed the link for ya.
@ChrisOfBristol: My apologies if you thought I interpreted the comment about videos being "just about OK" as criticism; I understand sluggish video is common on older, slower hardware, and I'm thrilled that CrunchBang has usable video on such a low-spec machine! I see The Good Doctor has stepped in on your other thread; you're in good hands now.
Thanks Section Six!
Simple, fast and professional, +1
I fully agree with that.
For 2 months I purchase a Acer Aspire One netbook (D270), with the Linux-distro Meegoo installed. I gave it a try for a day or 2, but Meegoo wouldn’ t click for me.
So I tried Debian Wheezy first, and than Xubuntu, but I wasn’t happy with it. So after a little bit of hesitation - isn’t it to geeky? - I tried CrunchBang Waldorf.
From day one I liked it, and the longer I’m working with it, the more I appreciate this distro. A recommendation for everyone who isn’t a newbie in Linux, and expect some production from his machine.
I wanna thank everyone who made CrunchBang possible!
Of course there where a few problems. One even fairly severe; spinning down the hard disk 8 to 10 times a minute!
After I installed CrunchBang I noticed a poor performance in compare to the ‘live-version’ from an usb-stick. I was wondering why, till I heard this constantly spin up and down behavior from the disk.
A little bit searching on the web learned me this was a bug in Debian, and it is a shame it isn’t solved yet, cause Ubuntu has solved this.
I made the necessary changes from the apm-settings in /etc/hdparm.conf , while -in the long run - it will damage your disk, and the lack of performance is annoying.
Another annoying thing was the dysfunctioning of the fn-keys for brightness-control. Every possible solution on the net didn’t work. Only setpci did, so a bunch of simple scripts, bit of ‘keymapping’, and some playing around with permissions worked well for me.
As I said; I’m very happy with CrunchBang and I will sure stay with it for a while, and hopefully longer. I’m considering to install it on every machine here in the house.
Again: Thank you developers of CrunchBang.