BunsenLabs Linux, a successor to Crunchbang

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BunsenLabs Linux, a successor to Crunchbang

Bunsenlabs linux has been in development for about a year and was just released at the end of April. This was one of three prospective successors to Crunchbang Linux (the other two being Crunchbang++ and Crunchbang Monera). BunsenLabs took the longest by far to be released, but it seems to be the one that captured most of the Crunchbang forum users. It isn't substantially different from Crunchbang++, but there are a few noteworthy differences I have discovered so far. Like Crunchbang, BunsenLabs features a very customized version of the openbox window manager, as well as the tint2 taskbar and a conky display on the desktop. BunsenLabs is less sombre looking than Crunchbang, uses the latest Debian Jessie respositories, and has four customized application icons on the tint2 bar. Like Crunchbang, BunsenLabs offers clickable scripts to install non-free codecs and various applications.

BunsenLabs can run on a live USB; I don't think that any of the others have this feature. It runs well in live mode. Unfortunately, installation was a bit of a chore. I followed the distro's instructions for creating a live DVD, but couldn't get the installer to boot. Live USB did install, but it had problems, too. It didn't install the distro sources, and I had to do that by hand after the installation. But once that was done, all was well.

If you want more information or want to download the distro, check out their website: https://www.bunsenlabs.org.

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Interesting review. Thanks, Mike.

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I would be willing to make a short presentation on the distro at a meeting if folks are interested.

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Sounds good to me! Bill has offered to do one, too. Two presentations would go nicely. And pizza.

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This distro is actually looking more promising than the original Crunchbang. With the original, I was never able to get to be as good on battery life as I thought it should be (vanilla Ubuntu was always better), but for this one I installed TLP and instantly saw remaining battery life (more than 6 hours on my Acer) than I have seen on any other distro (possibly excepting Cub Linux).

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The forums are fantastic. I had three customizations I wanted to do to the startup/desktop, posted three threads this morning, and had good answers to all three within two hours. You couldn't get that kind of response even on the Ubuntu forums. Old Crunchbang was also pretty good, but not this good.

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Trying it out on the Toshiba ultrabook. Install was vanilla Debian but the setup script after the install is interesting. Asks you if you need codecs for various media, full LibreOffice suite (Writer is installed by default), Java runtimes, and which version of Flash if you want it. Also, very easy to add certain extra programs like Chrome from the Openbox menu. Very light. Only taking up about 330 MB after watching a couple of TV shows in VLC player. Was under 300 MB when it first booted up. Stepping on the processor shows it only running at about 0.44 GHz. Seems unbelievable but I didn't check to see if it was that low while playing the video. I'm impressed so far.

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Try installing TLP and see how that affects your battery readings. If you go to their forums, one of the members posted a TLP script (https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=1910). If you use it, follow instructions and don't install TLP first. Alternatively another member wrote a laptop-mode-tools script for improving battery time (https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?pid=27278#p27278).

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Thanks for the tips. The first link doesn't appear to have a script, but a series of commands - to add a repository and install tlp. Did I miss a script in there somewhere?

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Maybe script is the wrong word here. The TLP installed by the first link has values set up by the author that he found works well to save energy. These are different from the defaults of TLP that you typically install. I referred to the program for TLP that the author set up as a script, but maybe it isn't.

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Oh, okay. I get it now. I followed the instructions and installed it. I neglected to note the impact on battery life estimation but anything that helps lengthen it is worth it.

Jason

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