BunsenLabs the successor distro to CrunchBang Linux


BunsenLabs Linux is an unofficially derived Linux distribution from Debian. It is considered the continuation and successor of CrunchBang Linux, created by the community members of the forums of the latter.

This distribution offers a balance between speed and functionalityas well as an Openbox window manager instead of a desktop environment.

In addition, it incorporates by default a minimalist and modern interface with a high degree of customization.

About BunsenLabs Linux

BunsenLabs includes a software section with just a few essentials.

Firefox is the default web browser, but you can also install Chromium, Google Chrome or Opera with a single click.

As well has Transmission BitTorrent Client, HexChat IRC, Filezilla and links to install the OpenSSH server.

When it comes to Office, you only have Writer installed outside of the LibreOffice suite. Impress, Calc or the entire suite can be installed, once again, with just one click.

You have Gnumeric and Google Docs available by default, which I think is pretty cool.

For Graphics, you have the Mirage image viewer and a screenshot application installed with GIMP, Blender, Inkscape and some others just one click away.


The distribution It consists of configuration packages and resources installed on Debian. There are no changes to the way the Debian base system is managed.

  • Openbox window manager pre configured with tint2 panel and conky system monitor.
  • It has various GTK2 / 3 themes, wallpapers and conky settings.
  • Various application and configuration utilities to maintain this system.
  • Additional desktop, multimedia, and hardware-related packages are pre-installed for a better “out of the box” experience.
  • Conky is available and runs by default in BunsenLabs. They can choose from other pre-installed themes or install other themes and further customize their desktop.

They can also move the top panel down by going to the item menu.


If you have the necessary knowledge, you will know that you can modify Openbox and the composer.

You can choose a theme for your notifications even (theme and location) and these are all available in the preferences in the right-click menu.

Download BunsenLabs

If you want to get this new version of this distro to install on your computer or to test in a virtual machine.

You just have to go to the official website of the project and in its download section you can get the link of this distro. The link is this.

The minimum requirements to be able to run BunsenLabs on a computer are 256 MB of RAM and an installation with just over 2 GB of disk space.

They can use lower resources if you don't intend to run a graphical desktop with resource-poor applications.

BunsenLabs is available in 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

There is an additional 32-bit build that does not require PAE support on the computer CPU for older machines.

After downloading the file, can burn the ISO image andn a CD / DVD or even burn it to a USB stick using tools like Unetbootin or Etcher and then start the system from there.

After startup, they will have the option to boot into the live environment and test the distro or they can go ahead and install if they are sure they want it installed on their computer.

One thing to note is that it cannot be installed from the live environmentTherefore, to carry out this task, they will have to restart their computer again and in the start menu of this select the option to install the system on the computer.

If you choose to install, the process is very straightforward as it uses Debian's simple installer. You will be asked to configure the usual items such as disks, language and keyboard, user account and password, and a few others.

The process will take a few minutes and you will have your desktop setup and ready to go.

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  1.   Jorge Guerra said

    It's out of date, right?

  2.   Arangoiti said

    Out of date? what do you mean, it's based on Debian 9