BunsenLabs Linux Helium is a distribution offering a light-weight and easily customizable Openbox desktop. The project is a community continuation of CrunchBang Linux. The current release is derived from Debian 9.


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. 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.

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.

Community support

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.