CrunchBangPlusPlus – #!++ – Installation & Review

What is CrunchBangPlusPlus?

CrunchbangPlusPlus is inspired by the classic Crunchbang distro based on Debian developed by Philip Newborough which was created with simplicity and performance in mind and uses Openbox (window manager) with no desktop environment.

The original project was discontinued by Philip Newborough.

Crunchbang Plus Plus is a community fork of the original project with an aim of maintaining, reinventing and improving it.

I used CrunchBang a while ago on an old laptop and was impressed by its performance and low resource consumption, primarily due to the lack of a desktop environment which generally consumes more than a fair share of system resources.

It really works well on older hardware, and can really breathe new life into an old system.

What is a window manager

A window manager (WM) is system software that controls the placement and appearance of windows within a windowing system in a graphical user interface (GUI). It can be part of a desktop environment (DE) or be used standalone.

Examples of popular window managers are:

  • I3
  • Xmonad
  • Openbox – uses very low resources

Why use a window manager?

A window manager is preferable in situations where you want to dedicate the least amount of resources to the GUI and focus more on being resource efficient.

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