I’ve been using GNU/Linux as my primary OS of choice for 12 years now. In the beginning it was Slackware, then Debian for a short period of time. Next came its mutation – Ubuntu, that lasted for few years. After the infamous Gnome revolution, like “hordes” of other Ubuntu users, I’ve migrated to Linux Mint.
After a year in relative calm and peaceful life, my old IBM ThinkPad T60 said “it’s enough”. Well, actually it was me who said that. Maybe I am an old fashioned, middle age freak, but I don’t feel good if a 3GB RAM system is swapping when barely running a browser and few small apps in the background.
I know, web browser is a beast nowadays, Linux kernel likes to cache as much as it can, and there could be gazillions of other reasons why my system leverages the benefits of the swap space. But… I simply don’t like it. It was a time to find an alternative.
There are several options of Linux distros that are shipped in somewhat less demanding packaging. No Gnome, no MATE, no Cinnamon, no KDE. And no XFCE, cause it never did look&feel right to me. After several clicks here and there, I found a candidate – CrunchBang.
That nice looking, minimalistic, but perfectly polished, Debian based distro did simply appeal to me. Before I ran a full backup of my /home, and got rid of entire /, I’ve tried it live booting my system with an USB stick. Three sessions and the decision was taken – a green light to install the system on the disk.
Maybe this is silly, but after few days with #!, I feel like using Linux again. It is simple, compact and… acts like an Operating System. Not like a gigantic application that eats all my sparse resources.