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I am planning to install Debian 8 on my next computer, and am preparing everything beforehand.
On my previous try to have a full on linux PC (and not a linux VM massively used), I discovered #!, and loved the aestetic. Now, I know #! is dead, and a quick look at it successors show they didn't got far.

Luckily, #! is, in fact, just a Debian with a custom OpenBox set as the windows manager, and projects like ArchBang make me hope that custom OpenBox is still alive somewhere.

So my question is, starting with a Debian 8 Server fresh install, how would I go about getting the look and feel of CrunchBang?

(Presumably, it would be setting up the desktop environment and getting the custom Openbox from... somewhere and installing them)

From what I can gather, #! use nitrogen, tint2 and conky on Openbox, the main question become, what is that "custom Openbox" that is cited on different sources as the "main difference between Debian and #!"

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    It only depends on the theme and icon set. plus backgrounds. you can easily copy them under your $HOME. – Ipor Sircer Jan 17 '17 at 11:28
  • @IporSircer So the "custom Openbox" is merely a theme for standard Openbox? – DrakaSAN Jan 17 '17 at 13:54
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(I am/was a moderator at the old CrunchBang forums)

I know #! is dead, and a quick look at it successors show they didn't got far.

I help out over at https://www.bunsenlabs.org/ and we have a current release with the next under active development.

what is that "custom Openbox" that is cited on different sources as the "main difference between Debian and #!"

The "custom Openbox" would refer to the various customisations and tweaks that were applied to the #! desktop over and above what might be found in a plain Debian openbox+tint2+compton+thunar, et al. installation.

These include, but are not limited to, the Crunchbang themes, the Openbox menu (and especially the pipemenus, which are not easily replicated) and several low-level configuration files, such as the polkit rules that allowed mounting of internal drives in thunar as a normal user.

The Crunchbang (Waldorf) repositories also contained a limited selection of custom-compiled packages that were not available in Debian wheezy at the time of release, such as pnmixer, used to provide the systray volume icon.

You are welcome to use our BunsenLabs repositories with your jessie system, they should be compatible:

https://www.bunsenlabs.org/repositories.html

Pro tip: apt install bunsen-meta-all should install the entire working desktop ;)

We also have a GitHub page but I can only post two links with this reputation :D

  • I found BunsenLabs yesterday, and was really pleased with it, your answer come just in time for me to not self answer :) – DrakaSAN Jan 20 '17 at 8:41

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