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About CrunchBang Linux

A screenshot showing a clean CrunchBang Linux desktop.CrunchBang Linux is a Debian GNU/Linux based distribution featuring the lightweight Openbox window manager. The distribution is built using the Debian Live Project and is designed to offer a modern, full-featured GNU/Linux system without sacrificing performance.

CrunchBang Linux is available to run as a LiveCD; however, best performance is achieved by installing CrunchBang Linux to your hard disk [see the disclaimer below].



CrunchBang Linux uses the Openbox window manager. Openbox is lightweight and speedy, and as a result, CrunchBang Linux is fast. Also, while CrunchBang Linux is not primarily designed for old systems, it has been reported to operate very well where system resources are limited. Once installed, CrunchBang Linux should boot-up and operate faster than a regular Debian GNOME/KDE installation.

Compatibility with Debian

With the exception of a few packages, CrunchBang Linux is built entirely from packages available from the Debian repositories. CrunchBang Linux uses the same APT package management tools and update manager. If you are already familiar with Debian or Ubuntu, you should have no trouble working with CrunchBang Linux.

Ease of use

CrunchBang Linux comes with the ability to play most popular media formats, including but not limited to MP3, DVD playback & Adobe Flash. CrunchBang Linux also comes with many popular applications installed by default, including but not limited to Iceweasel browser , VLC media player and Transmission BitTorrent Client.

Highly configurable

CrunchBang Linux is infinitely hackable, this is mainly due to the standards compliant light-weight extensible window manager that is Openbox. CrunchBang Linux also comes installed with Conky, the customisable lightweight system monitor, and Thunar, a very popular and highly configurable file manager.



CrunchBang Linux is a new distribution with a growing community of users. The following community resources are provided, please feel free to use them and contribute.

IRC channel

Connect to the CrunchBang Linux IRC channel using an IRC client such as XChat, point your client to the freenode network ( and join the #crunchbang channel.


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Web forums

The CrunchBang forums are a great place to share thoughts, comments and questions. The forums contain many topics and posts, and an ever increasing amount of diverse members from across the web. Speaking of which, our forum members are generally well-known for being welcoming, friendly and helpful. If you have not already done so, why not register today and introduce yourself, you are sure to receive a warm welcome!

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CrunchBang Linux is not officially supported by any commercial entity. Support is provided by the CrunchBang community. Also, because CrunchBang is derived from Debian, you may find the Debian wiki and forums helpful when looking for support.


CrunchBang Linux is not recommended for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. CrunchBang Linux could possibly make your computer go CRUNCH! BANG! Therefore CrunchBang Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable law.

CrunchBang Linux is an unofficial version of Debian GNU/Linux. Debian is a registered trademark of Software in the Public Interest, Inc. CrunchBang Linux is not affiliated with SPI.

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