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BunsenLabs Linux is a distribution offering a light-weight and easily customizable Openbox desktop. The current release is Hydrogen1, derived from Debian Jessie. The project is a community continuation of CrunchBang Linux.

Defining features

The distribution consists of configuration and resource packages installed on top of Debian. There are no changes to the way the Debian base system is administrated.

There is no limit to customization: You can review desktop configurations in our forums’ Artwork & Screenshots section, and we also host several active threads on conky configuration.


We offer combined live-CD and installation media for the Debian i386 (i686) and amd64 (x86-64) architectures.

However, you can install our packages also on ARM platforms. Our repository currently provides armhf. If you would like to see another Debian ARM port supported, file a request here.


In general, we recommend new users to visit and sign up for our forums: It provides plenty of resources and assistance in dealing with every configuration aspect of the BL distribution, and is the main platform for user-to-user support as well as the place to voice suggestions and report bugs.

You can also consume our News & Announcement news feed via Planet Debian.

In the press

There is a forum thread for collecting quality reviews – if you have a link to add, please submit a post!

  1. Released on April 29, 2016. Read the announcement here.

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