CrunchBang Is The Latest Linux Distribution Calling It Quits
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 6 February 2015 at 08:45 AM EST. 44 Comments
DEBIAN --
Philip Newborough, the lead developer behind the CrunchBang Linux distribution, has tossed in the towel.

The lead developer of CrunchBang Linux has decided to halt development of this Linux distribution that's based on Debian but known for its choice of using the Openbox window manager.

Newborough explained in the CrunchBang Forums, "there was no LXDE tasksel in Debian and certainly no Lubuntu around. CrunchBang filled a gap and that was nifty. So, what’s changed? For anyone who has been involved with Linux for the past ten years or so, I’m sure they’ll agree that things have moved on. Whilst some things have stayed exactly the same, others have changed beyond all recognition. It’s called progress, and for the most part, progress is a good thing. That said, when progress happens, some things get left behind, and for me, CrunchBang is something that I need to leave behind. 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."

The release of Debian 8.0 Jessie is coming up very soon for those looking to move off this retired Linux distribution.
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