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.
- Pre-configured Openbox window manager with tint2 panel and conky system monitor
- Assortment of harmonising GTK2/3 themes, wallpapers and conky configurations
- Various configuration and application utilities to maintain this system
- Additional desktop-, multimedia- and hardware-related packages come pre-installed to offer a better “out-of-the-box” experience.
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. As an example, here’s an user-contributed walkthrough video showing what kind and style of desktop experience you may end up with.
We offer combined live-CD and installation media for the Debian i386 (i686) and amd64 (x86-64) architectures.
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.
There are a few independent communities, see here for a list.
Reviews and press
There is a long forum thread for collecting quality reviews.
- 2018-09-29: c’t 21/2018, page 122 and online: Revival - Alte Hardware mit Linux wiederbeleben
- 2018-08-26: ordinatechnic.com: BunsenLabs Helium Review
- 2018-06-25: DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 769: Review: BunsenLabs Helium
- 2018-04-26: Report Hot Café, 無料OS『BunsenLabs Linux』軽い…256MBでオフィスソフトも可！
- 2017-07-25: PC-Welt, Openbox/Bunsenlabs vorgestellt: Desktop für Puristen
- 2017-04-28: ghacks.net, A look at Desktop Environments: Openbox Window Manager
- 2017-03-28: Video review in Portuguese: BunsenLabs Linux - Apresentação e Configurações iniciais
- 2017-01: Linux Format, printed issue 219, there is a review of several lightweight distros including BunsenLabs on pages 29f.
- 2017: DistroWatch, Reader supplied reviews for BunsenLabs Linux
- 2016-10/11: LinuxWelt, printed edition 10-11/2016, there is a one-page review on page 34
- 2016-07-29: LinuxWelt, 5/2016: BunsenLabs is featured on the accompanying DVD
- 2016-06-13: DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 665: Review: BunsenLabs Linux
- 2016-05-02: DistroWatch: BunsenLabs Linux entry
- 2016-02-19: LINUX.COM: 5 Linux Desktop Distributions You Should Kow
- 2016-01: Ubuntu User, Spring 2016: BunsenLabs Hydrogen – CrunchBang’s lightweight successor
- 2016-01-21: LinuxUser 02/2016: Bunsenbrenner: BunsenLabs “Hydrogen” auch für ältere Hardware
- 2015-12-07: Linux Insider: Hot New BunsenLabs Linux Eases Pain of CrunchBang Loss
- 2015-11-15: Sunday Morning Linux Review, Episode 167: BunsenLabs Linux
- 2015-09-21: DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 628: New Linux distributions
- 2015-06-21: entornos GNU/Linux: Un pasno por BunsenLabs GNU/Linux 8.1 (Hydrogen)