CrunchBang is a Linux-based operating system designed for speedy performance. It has a simple user interface based on Openbox and a core that’s based on Debian Linux.

I have a soft spot for CrunchBang, because it was one of the first Linux distributions to offer a netbook-specific version, called CrunchEee.

But CrunchBang has come a long way in the last few years — and the latest update is the launch of a development version of CrunchBang 11 “Waldorf.”

CrunchBang 11 Waldorf

Waldorf is based on Debian Wheezy, which is the testing branch of Debian. That means the software will be more up to date… but it also means that you’re more likely to find bugs.

In addition to moving to Wheezy, CrunchBang 11 comes preloaded with the Google Chromium web browser instead of Iceweasel, includes PulseAudio, and has a new login manager.

At this point Waldorf is only recommended for testers who are willing to kick the tires of an operating system that could be buggy. But if you’re looking for a zippy, customizeable Linux operating system, it’s worth checking out.

You can find download links at the Crunchbang website.

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4 replies on “CrunchBang 11 “Waldorf” Linux OS now available for testing”

  1. i am pretty sure crunchbang waldorf comes with iceweasel, not chromium. there are menu entries for adding chromium and a few other common things, but not part of the base install

  2. Thanks.  I’m really into different Operating Systems right now.  Since the new Unity and Gnome 3, I’ve been looking over them all, trying to find a more gnome 2 like place to go.  Being debian based is a big plus for me as I like having the extra gaming sites like dotdeb.com add.

    1. You might be best off sticking with Ubuntu (since you mention Unity), but holding your nose and switching to KDE as the desktop environment. It took me a couple days to make peace with Gnome 3, but I’m glad I stuck it out. I wouldn’t return to Gnome 2 now given the option. I admit I couldn’t deal with Unity: emulating a usability error Apple made 28 years ago is just asinine.

    2. Try Xubuntu. It’s Ubuntu with the XFCE desktop. Alot of Gnome 2 users went XFCE when Gnome 3 came out.

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