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Review: ArchBang 2010.09 "apeiro"

Sep 29, 2010, 10:33 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Prashanth for this link. ]

"You may be asking, "Why are you reviewing this? You just did a review 2 days ago!" Actually, I wrote the preview on Sunday and scheduled it to automatically publish on Wednesday. On Thursday, the official stable version of ArchBang 2010.09 "apeiro" was released. As I have touched upon most of the things relating to this distribution in the last article about ArchBang, this will be a slightly shorter review. Or will it? Follow the jump to find out.

"The biggest news (I think) is that ArchBang is dumping LXDE for Openbox and a customized set of tools. What this also means is that ArchBang looks a lot more like #!; also, ArchBang (among other changes) replaces PCManFM with Thunar. The boot and startup are very fast. However, I reserved only 192 MB of RAM for ArchBang in VirtualBox, and strangely, this seems to not be enough, as the system choked when Openbox started up. I shut down the guest OS and increased the RAM allocation to 256 MB. That seemed to do the trick, but I'm still disappointed that ArchBang couldn't run on only 192 MB of RAM (though the testing version of ArchBang could).

"The tint2 panel is squared off and is narrow enough to fit my smaller VirtualBox screen; I also like the new wallpaper a lot more than the previous orange mess. The new GTK+ theme is one of the best I have ever seen in Openbox, and certainly looks worlds better than the theme in the previous (LXDE-based) version."

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