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    To Do List After installing CrunchbangWaldorf Debian Wheezy Linux OSOctober 2, 2012 FreshPosted

  • Debian Linux Wheezy Openbox Desktop Environment

    Crunchbang is a light-weight Debian OS, using Openbox desktop environment. It has a minimalistapproach in comparison to other distos, and it includes projects like conky, tint, and compositing eye-candy. Crunchbang got its name from the possibility of it making your system go Crunch Bang.The distro description small print disclaimer says its unstable, may break, and you use it at your ownrisk.

    Update: Debian 7 Wheezy was released on May 4th. Congratulations and thank you to all involved; theDebian developers, hackers, testers, document writers, designers, bug reporters and users you are allawesome. Now that Wheezy has migrated to the stable branch of Debian, this means that Waldorf is thenew stable #! release.

    I would recommend Crunchbang to the user already comfortable around a Debian system. While thedistro does a pretty good job at presenting a working environment out of the box, it strips away certainbling-bling features the average desktop user has come to expect from a distribution. For instance, itwont present you with a micro-blogging client synchronized with your IM client and a notification systembundled in your taskbar. These are the kinds of things you should expect from Ubuntu and the generalmindset with Crunchbang (affectionately referred to as #!) is that if you want it, you should do ityourself. The very bare minimum of apps will be available by default, although the distro does a terrificjob of presenting all kinds of install-scripts, one-click (or in case of the very relevant cb-welcome script,one key) commands for installing additional software like alternative web browsers, Java, printer supportor even a Dropbox client.

    Crunchbangs minimalism is a bliss. It works really well out of the box (I personally only had an issue withactivating my wireless card, something that I could solve in a matter of minutes), and wont tamper muchwith your system. Everything works the way youd expect it to and you will encounter very few (if any)surprises along the way. In short, Crunchbang does a good job of presenting a working and good lookingsystem out of the box, while still getting out of your way for your everyday use.

  • Is #! for you? Heres my rule of thumb: Would you know how to manage your sources.list file to suit yourown needs? If you do, you probably know enough.

    Download Crunchbang Eleven Waldorf Debian Wheezy OS:

    http://crunchbang.org/download/

    Special Note: For faster downloading I recommend using BitTorrent to download Crunchbang.

    How-to prepare an ISO to USB f or Linux & Windows:

    http://crunchbang.org/forums/

    and

    http://crunchbanglinux.org/wiki/statler_usb_installation

    Recommended: Unetbootin works just fine for creating the Crunchbang USB flash drive if you prefer touse a GUI. You can install Unetbootin if you are already running Ubuntu or another Linux OS. In Ubuntu,simply use Startup Disc Creator to format your USB flash drive (thumb drive) first, and then runUnetbootin to migrate your downloaded Crunchbang image onto your USB flash drive device. Do notuse Ubuntus Startup Disc Creator application to migrate your downloaded Crunchbang image ontoyour USB flash drive device., otherwise it will not boot.

    sudo apt-get install unetbootin

    Special notes: When you are you done creating your live USB flash drive with Unetbootin, make sureyou either select Live or Install (not Default) during bootup of your live Crunchbang USB flash drivedevice. Crunchbang will not automatically resize your hard drive partitions during live installation.Crunchbang installer doesnt automatically resize anything. It will just wipe the entire hard drive if youdont create space for the installation. The swap creation is a pain if you are trying to configure a dualboot system. If you want to create a dual-boot of Ubuntu and Crunchbang you will need to resize yourpartition(s) with a live stick of Ubuntu OS first (if you are running Ubuntu OS already), and after bootingyour computer with that Ubuntu live usb stick then use Gparted partition manager to resize your existingHDD partitions before installing Crunchbang from your usb flash drive device. Make sure you have a livestick of whatever your current operating system is so you can rollback in case Crunchbang doesnt workout for you eventually. I recommend just wiping the entire drive and just use Crunchbang, if feasible, tosave yourself a headache.

    Here is a really nice tutorial series for Crunchbang:

  • The new release is the first one to be ported to Wheezy, the current testing version of Debian. If #! wasoriginally based on Ubuntu (something we can still detect by its preference for apt-get over aptitude, orthe fact that sudo is present by default), it has moved its base to Debian for over a year. Logically, thecurrent stable version of #! (Statler) is based on the current stable version of Debian (Squeeze). HoweverWheezy has been in testing mode for some time now, and rumors are already announcing it for early 2013(although, as usual, it will be released when its ready). It is worth noting though that despite its name,Wheezy is far from being a completely experimental base. Stable is a conservative name to say the least,and, for what its worth, Ubuntu has already based its last 3 versions on Wheezy.

    In any case, it is a good thing that corenominal has already moved on with the porting. I have installedthe new build on a Virtualbox machine and have used it all night. Im actually writing this article from it.My first impressions: it works great. Visually not much has changed since the last build, except for twothings: a good looking new font seems to be the default and compositing (basically shadows andtransparency) is activated by default, using the new, supposedly improved, Compton manager. I stronglysalute the initiative; it doesnt seem very resource-greedy (3MB of RAM and virtually no CPU) and willdefinitely please my friends when I tell them to try a Live CD. Pulse Audio is also present, great, saves methe trouble of installing it.

    It looks perfectly working so far. I dont know if you should use it in a critical environment yet, but as faras I can tell, theres nothing wrong with the new version. If youre new to #! and are looking to give it aspin, maybe you should download the latest build of Statler and not risk being disappointed by anypotential problem you may find with this one. ** [http://www.tech-thoughts-blog.com/2012/05/first-builds-of-new-crunchbang-waldorf.html]

    Special Note: This tutorial expects that you already know your way around the command line onLinux! If you have no experience with Linux I recommend you try Ubuntu until you can get up-to-speed

  • with Linux systems.

    Here is a nice video demonstration of Crunchbang Eleven:

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    Crunchbang comes with its own post-installation script to update your entire system, also to addprinter support, and plenty of other software you will probably need. Do use it.

    Now you may want to add more repositories to your source.list to have access to more codecs andsoftware for your system.

    Edit the repositories, copy and paste in Terminal:

    sudo geany /etc/apt/sources.list

    Here is a good source.list to update your system if you are located in the USA:

    ## CRUNCHBANG## Compatible with Debian Wheezy, but use at your own risk.deb http://packages.crunchbang.org/waldorf waldorf main#deb-src http://packages.crunchbang.org/waldorf waldorf main

    ## Debian

  • deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free#deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free

    ## Multimediadeb http://www.deb-multimedia.org wheezy main non-free

    ## Debian Securitydeb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main#deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main

    # Spotify Musicdeb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free

    ## Debian Stabledeb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free

    ## Sun Java 8 Plugin Scriptdeb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu precise main

    Once you copy and paste that into your source.list file, make sure to add the repo key for deb-multimedia in Terminal:

    sudo apt-get install deb-multimedia-keyringsudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get upgrade

    Special Note: If you are outside the USA you can build your local list of repositories here:

    http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/

    !!!! >> If you are done with the steps above in this tutorial, it would probably be a goodidea to now restart your system bef ore proceeding f urther with this guide

  • smxi is an interactive script designed to help people maintain their systems. It supports Debian (Stable,Testing, and Sid) and true Debian based distros (such as, but not limited to, AntiX, Aptosid, Epidemic,Linux Mint Debian [LMDE], Mepis). It does not support Ubuntu based distros because there are too manydifferences between Debian and Ubuntu. This is the best way to install your video drivers.

    Smxi is a feature rich, powerful script, and has the following primary features and options:

    System Upgrades (dist-upgrade / upgrade)Kernel upgrades / kernel module upgradesAutomatated video card driver installation (plus any needed patches), especially non-free driverslike nVidia and AMD/ATI fglrxInstalling extra software (including building a desktop/server from scratch, starting with just thebase Debian system)Removing certain softwareCleaning up your system (cleaning up apt archives, removing kernels/ kernel modules, cleaningsystem cruft, etc)Tweaki