Released on August 2nd, 2020.

BunsenLabs Linux Lithium 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 10.


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 amd64 (x86-64) architectures and i386 (i686) architectures.

The main focus is on the DVD-sized amd64 ISO, it comes fully featured. The CD-sized i386 ISO is a slimmed down version meant to support older computers, but can after installation be expanded to include all features.

Our main repository currently offers support for the amd64, i386, armhf (arm32v7) and arm64 (aarch64, arm64v8) Debian ports. Note that BL is tested thoroughly only on amd64 and i386, so your mileage may wary on other 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.

We have quite a few specialty threads, like the Conky weather+moon scripts thread.

There are a few independent communities, see here for a list.

Remember that BunsenLabs is a hobby Linux distro released under the GNU GPLv3+ license. This means there is no liability, warranty, or support, or guaranteed updates for the work. If you need those things, choose another distro instead.

Reviews and press

Please see this forum thread for more reviews. The list below is pretty much just a random selection.