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Review: CrunchBang Linux

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A lot of modern Linux distributions created with desktop users in mind go out of their way to be user friendly. Ubuntu, Mint, openSUSE, Fedora — and many more. It is a sign of how desktop Linux has matured that even non-techy types can get a fully featured and easy-to-use open source operating system up and running in not much time at all. The creators of CrunchBang Linux, however, haven't quite gone in the same direction.

That's not to say it's particularly unfriendly to install and use. CrunchBang's installation took only around seven and a half minutes on our Lenovo S10 netbook, and the questions the graphical installer asked were for the most part straightforward. The only real exception to this was partitioning the hard drives. It was a doddle, but for a novice it may be a little intimidating — "back in the day", of course, this was par for the course (in the good old days when Lilo was a bootloader not some burned-out, B-grade celebrity).

But then, CrunchBang is not a handholding Linux distribution decked with eye candy...

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