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This weekend I finally got around to updating the Linux on my small laptop to newer linux mainly because the Crunchbang Linux currently on the laptop was slowing down which was all due to my use and abouse over the past few years. Add to this I had issues updating Crunchbang because of issues with AMD’s Catalyst driver as one day they may get around to making this an easier process but I’d not hold my breath.

So I decided to bite the bullet and load up the next incarnation of Crunchbang Linux which is BunsenLabs Linux based on newer Debain called Jessie and still uses a slightly modified Openbox desktop.

Other than a number of issues which were easily corrected by little research and replacing number of packages used, the whole process was painless as I previously found when I loaded Crunchbang on the same laptop. I have ended up with a laptop which once again which is very usable and flexible for a low specification laptop even to a point of getting even more out of the hardware than Crunchbang Linux did.

The only major issues I had were usual issues you even get with Windows and hardware with allowing hardware going into sleep mode which always causes the laptop to lock totally or lose it’s network connections with only option to unlock the laptop is to switch it off. I also had issue with the screen saver going into a lock screen which also caused major issues and it had to be replaced with previous screen saver package used by Crunchbang Linux.

Once this issues were fixed and using Debain’s native AMD graphic card drivers rather than using AMD drivers themselves, I am initially finding my whole experience with BunsenLabs Linux has been a very good experience indeed. This is at a great contrast when I used the actual Debain 8 which turned out to be a big disappointment with major desktop and performance issues to a point I had to stop using it.

I would recommend that both current Crunchbang uses and the more savoy computer users who are looking for their first Linux that they go towards BunsenLabs Linux even in it’s current first release form as it is very usable, customisable and certainly gets the best out of the computer hardware.

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It has been one of those weekends so far when I have been a bit restless so I have been messing around with the desktop on my main desktop again.

As the desktop goes across two screen which sadly a different size and one had the same desktop as my laptop which really did not sit well with the other desktop as it was too light I went back to deviant art web site and found a more fitting desktop.

I like the resulting desktop is shown below:

scrappy-doo desktop 5th October 2013

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All because of the various problems of the new Singularity Second Life Viewer which caused a lot of problems on my main Linux Desktop I needlessly changed it’s Operating System to Linux Mint and now back to Crunchbang Linux 11 all to find it was the viewer itself causing the problems as other Second Life Viewers worked just fine on Linux in general.

Now once again both my laptop and one remaining desktop are now running Crunchbang Linux 11 once again something I am happy about as of all the Linux’s I have used have been the best and most stable when used in anger.

Though as always the best way to look at my recent problems is that it is a good learning curve as each time I reset up my Linux Desktop I gain more experience of setting up a Linux Computer especially to get one to run a Second Life Viewer.

Regardless of my recent problems I suspect I am about to cause few more by hosting my personal web site on my Linux Desktop as my site hits are always low but once again I am hopeful as I suspect that the setting up of Apache and associated packages will be a lot easier on Crunchbang Linux than Linux Mint.

I am now rather looking forward to it especially when for once I will have far more control over the hosting of my web site. So wish me luck over the next few weeks.

Around a few months ago I had to change the Linux’s on both my two working computers because of various issues including usual problem with the Second Life Viewer failing to run on the main computer which is the major reason why my main desktop is kept running.

So I had to reinstall the Linux on both the desktop and laptop choosing Crunchbang 11 for the laptop and Mint Linux with xfce desktop for the desktop which both installed easily and both certainly ended up doing the jobs they were intended to do.

But what has come out from this exercise is that is has highlighted both that Linux is very sensitive to the hardware it works on and it seams to take time to settle as an operating system on the hardware itself.

It was more apparent on the Crunchbang 11 which when first put on the laptop just after it’s release was not exactly the fasted Linux in the world if anything it was performance wise a very disappointing indeed. But now a few months on the said same Linux, after a few updates, has turned out to be a remarkably stable Linux whose performance now is impressive on the less than powerful hardware of the laptop.

Strangely a similar thing has happened with Mint Linux Computer though not as dramatic but as the Linux embeds itself on to a machine it gets more stable and faster. Though I should not be surprised by this as Linux is based upon Unix which needs to be tweaked initially to get it working well on hardware which Linux seams to itself.

So from my experience if a Linux seams slow initially on a computer give it a week or so to settle on the hardware and if it has not speeded up or became stable it is the wrong Linux for the hardware. There are those doubters out there who will use such an argument against Linux but it is a necessity for such operating systems and always ends up with more stable and faster computer which is a pleasure to use.

Well after the past few days with the problems with Crunchbang Linux on my one desktop I have decided to keep it on my laptop as it still functions well on my laptop with little of no problem. If anything it works even better on the network since Crunchbang Linux was removed from the desktop in question.

What it has highlighted about Linux in general it is far more sensitive to the hardware it is run on more than both Apple o/s and Microsoft Windows a price it has to pay for a performance improvement on the hardware. I suspect this dates back to Linux roots in Unix an operating system which needs to be tweaked first to get the best performance on the hardware it is run on.

This does make Linux a double edged sword for those who first encounter Linux as they have to try a number of Linux’s on the hardware before finding one which runs well on their hardware. There are those Linux’s out there which are generalists like Windows but like Windows suffer from performance issues.

Personally I think the whole effort of finding an appropriate Linux for your hardware especially for new user is worth while as in the process it gives the new user a chance to learn more about Linux first hand and it is half the fun of using Linux something sadly missing from both Apple o/s and Microsoft Windows.

Well it is amazing what you find when you are looking for something else as I found another wonderful wallpaper on deviant art web site. So once again I have changed my desktop on my laptop, shaggy, again.

I like the resulting desktop which works well with the two conky panels each side which is shown below:

Shaggy Desktop 21-05-2013

I am at my partner’s parents this week and while here her father watched to me to show him how to install Linux onto an old vista laptop slightly past it windows sell by date. So as it was only Linux I had to hand I went through the installation of Crunchbang 11 on the laptop to which he was impressed just how easy it was to install modern Linux’s now.

If you know Crunchbang Linux you can customise the desktop look and menus I set up the desktop very similar to my current desktop on my own laptop shaggy. This part probably mystified him as it is a lot of editing of text files but the results are always very is satisfying. I also loaded up all the software packages he may need all of which were included bar around two in Crunchbang.

So now I have left him a laptop which looks similar to windows with the usual Linux bent to it which he can explore and find out just how to use Linux in anger or just have an old Windows Vista Laptop which is now usable once again.

But one thing that struck him all the way through was just how usable even a set up Crunchbang Linux was and the fact it used the resources on the Laptop infinity better than Windows Vista ever did. Lets put it this was the Linux sound drivers used the speakers on the said laptop so much better along with number of other bits of hardware.

All this proves is that it takes a gentle push to convert the growing number of dissatisfied Windows users out there towards Linux or someone to show them Linux is not the bugbear both Apple and Microsoft claims it to be!

I was bored so I changed my desktop on my laptop, shaggy, again so it sort of more suited the wallpaper I had chosen for the background. I was pleased with the effect I got as it certainly went together well or so I think but hey that is the most important thing.

It also got me thinking that Linux allows people like myself can create desktops we are comfortable with rather than large majority of Windows Users who are given a desktop by Microsoft with no ability to change it other than colours and positions of tiles in the case of Windows 8.

Basically Microsoft forces the users to accept their desktop regardless of the fact most users cannot use it or dislike the desktop they are provided with by Microsoft.

You might say Linux Users like myself cry a Rebel Yell against the desktop fascists like Microsoft and Apple by creating our own customised desktop in a small defiance to their attempt to control the minds and souls of the computer users!

The following is the current desktop of the laptop in question which will change when I fancy a change:

Shaggy Desktop 16th May 2013

Recently I decided to reinstall Linux back on to my laptop after I tried out a number of things on the Laptop which resulted in the previous Linux, Linux Lite, being corrupted. So I decided to try the current test copy of Crunchbang 11 which last time I tried on the same Laptop failed and much to my surprise it worked first time out of the box.

If anything Crunchbang worked even better than the previous Linux Lite which I always found to be a bit slow and resource heavy as it’s desktop was Gnome 2 based. I should not of been surprised by this as I have always found Gnome desktops to be slow on most of the computers I have used.

It looks like that both Crunchbang and Debain have progressed a lot in the last year as now both Linux’s load on newer hardware so much easier and result in a more stable operating system on said modern computers.

So now I have Crunchbang on all my computers at home both Crunchbang 10 and Crunchbang 11 all with customised openbox desktops and once again I am falling in love with Crunchbang Linux as I am finding it a very pleasant, stable and easily fixable Linux to use. Though as I have said before it is not best Linux for new user of Linux but most definite one of the better Linux’s for the more experienced users or someone who really wants to learn more about Linux in general.

The following is the current desktop of the laptop in question which will change when I fancy a change:

Shaggy Desktop 12.05.2013

It has been a while since I tweaked my Linux Desktops and because I have to sit in front of the Linux Computers because I have to stay in the office in the house because it is only room we can keep warm I thought it was high time I did.

So I have been busy with a few minor changes to the desktop itself and some of the packages running on the Linux Computer itself for packages which suit my needs and likes more. The biggest change being an application menu on the left end of the tint2 panel on top of the menu using a little trick I got from the Crunchbang Forum. I found I needed it because it useful when I have a number of windows open as the normal right hand click menu only works on a free space on the desktop.

As for the Linux Packages on Crunchbang I have replaced the file manager with Nautilus and the Terminator terminal with Gnome Terminal as it allows me to open a terminal in Nautilus. Over the next few weeks I aim to update other packages as I don’t really need to update the base Linux as such as it still does what I need.

What does come out of this just how flexible Linux desktops are as I can mix Gnome and other desktop packages with Openbox and get a working desktop more to my liking. Such flexibility puts another nail in Windows coffin here was Windows never gave me ability to really customise the desktops and base packages to how I actually use the desktop.

So the following is the resulting tweaked desktop which looks slightly different to previous one.

Scrappy-Doo Desktop 10-04-2013

Once again I have been setting up two Desktop PC’s one of which has turned out to be the replacement to my main PC both of which now use Crunchbang Linux as their operating systems. My old Windows XP PC has had Windows removed as I finally got fed up of the constant niggling problems associated with the Microsoft Operating systems.

At least with Linux, if I avoid doing stupid things, will be far more stable and after I have set up both desktops and loaded the software I need on each PC will be far more user friendly.

So far I have just finished off my first Crunchbang Linux desktop which looks like:

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Well it’s been over a month since I installed and started to use it seriously with little or no real problems unlike Bodhi Linux and Microsoft Windows. It has certainly proved to myself that a Linux distribution based on Debain rather than Ubuntu are more stable. I have had less problems with Crunchbang than Bodhi Linux and certainly a lot for stable than Microsoft Windows which to be fair is not hard.

It does sort of begs the question in less than 20 years Linux Developers have moved forward more than Microsoft with Windows in 30 years. It certainly shows that the lack of real competition and innovation in companies in general in using alternative operating systems and software has meant Microsoft has been very lax in its development and the industry as a whole really has suffered.

At least now with Open Source Software both myself and a user and companies now have real alternatives to Microsoft Windows which are far more stable and usable. This hopefully will inject a new life into the Information Technology Industry and beyond which is long over due.

It has to be said I now have a laptop which runs purely Open Source Software which cost me nothing. On top of this the laptop as a whole does exactly the same job as my main Microsoft Windows XP desktop but its far more stable, user friendly and customisable without all excess baggage Windows comes with and the need to actually worry about security.

The Crunchbang Linux certainly panders to my creative side especially the very customisable desktop which it looks like it will be a while before the laptop’s desktop finally is finished. Then add to this I still have to set up Crunchbang Linux and it’s desktop on my old PC it is certainly going to keep myself busy and occupied for a long while.

This does keep my hand in with computers, software and my intellect active which is much needed at the moment.

The following is my personal desktop on my Crunchbang Linux Laptop as of 12th September 2011:


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Over the last week or so I have been having fun of playing around and tweaking my Crunchbang Linux desktop to a point I liked it’s look. In the process I have learnt a lot about Conky, Openbox and Linux in general which will be very useful indeed. Plus I got to be a geek for a week just what I needed at the moment.

I do really like the fact than Crunchbang Linux really allows you to customize your desktop to your own needs not to what a third party thinks you need.

The following is my personal desktop on my Crunchbang Linux Laptop as of 7th August 2011:


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After a lot of messing around with various Linux distributions on my old 10 year old PC mostly because I’m being my usual self exploring and trying things out I finally stumbled upon a British Linux distribution called Crunchbang.

Much like Bodhi Linux it is a light weight Linux distribution which uses a desktop front end called openbox rather than Enlightenment 17. In addition like Bodhi Linux it uses very few resources on the computer so it means the whole Linux runs very quickly on both newer and older computers which frankly is a pleasure after Microsoft Windows and other more heavier Linux distributions on the same said computers.

Crunchbang Linux, like Bodhi Linux, has a highly customizable desktop which a user can, with a bit of knowledge, come up with a desktop they can use and feel very comfortable with indeed. If anything Crunchbang Linux is far more easier to customize the desktop than Bodhi Linux in so much all the tools you need are included from the start off the main menu on the desktop itself and if anything a lot easier to use than in Bodhi Linux. If anything Crunchbang Linux is far more intuitive to use than Bodhi Linux once you have got used to the fact that it’s a bare essential Linux in so much customization involves nothing more than the editing of text configuration files.

Though like Bodhi Linux you really need a good knowledge of Linux itself and computers in general to use Crunchbang as it’s initially looking at Crunchbang out of the box as it were is very daunting indeed. This is not helped by poorly maintained documentation on the Crunchbang Linux web site itself so I would not recommend it to anyone just starting off with Linux. It is definitely a Techie/Geek Linux which suits me down to the ground though saying that it is still a very usable Linux by so called normal users once a desktop has been set up.

In conclusion Crunchbang Linux much like Bodhi Linux with a bit of knowledge and knowhow you can come up with some eye candy of desktops to please the geeks out there in land of the Internet or just plainly create usable desktops for so called normal users. Despite this it is still a very usable Linux distribution which I would recommended like Bodhi Linux.

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