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A eulogy to CrunchBang, the Linux distro that time passed by

Chris Hoffman | Feb. 12, 2015
One of Linux's strengths is the ease with which you can roll your own distro to scratch a niche itch. But sometimes those distributions fade away, as highlighted by CrunchBang's recent death.

In a post titled "The end." on the project's forums, CrunchBang developer Philip Newborough acknowledged how different the Linux landscape had become in the last ten years and how there were so many other lightweight Linux distributions to choose from. As he wrote:

"I'm leaving it behind because I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value, and whilst I could hold on to it for sentimental reasons, I don't believe that would be in the best interest of its users, who would benefit from using vanilla Debian."

In the end, hobbyist Linux distributions are created to scratch an itch. Developers may eventually find that itch has been solved elsewhere, or may not want to put the long hours into scratching it anymore. CrunchBang no doubt has users who use and love it, even today--but the end of CrunchBang doesn't have to be sad. CrunchBang's developer now believes the larger Linux ecosystem has improved so much that CrunchBang is no longer necessary.

That's good news for everyone, including Newborough, who now gets to spend his valuable time on something else. Thanks for a killer run, Philip.


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