Lately I have been working with CrunchBang, which is a lightweight Debian-based Linux distribution. This distro is good for VM’s (Virtual Machines), Net-books, and towers with old hardware because it uses very little system resources; that being said, it still works great and performs great on a fully loaded desktop as well. My build has a AMD quad-core with 4GBs of RAM and is just absolutely lightning fast.
So you ask yourself, “where do I start?”:
I would suggest traveling to #CrunchBang.org – Choose the: Download CrunchBang link
once on the page make sure you select the correct version (32-bit or 64-bit) If you don’t know which version to choose then you can follow the lifehacker guide on 32-bit vs 64-bit guide After determining which flavor is good for your system, select the version and a drop-down box will open with the link to the BitTorrent (sigh yes BitTorrent) file for downloading CrunchBang and also a link for the How-To for installing CrunchBang from either a DVD and or flash-drive from both either a Windows based machine or a Mac/Linux machine; I was using my Windows partition to create the live USB installer so I followed the Windows based instructions.
Partitioning and or Dual booting
If you plan on running two version of Linux or dual booting Linux with Windows then the info below will help, if you plan on CrunchBang being your only OS then skip over the information below.
Partitioning and dual booting is almost a whole other can of worms, but GRUB (part of the Linux installer) actually makes the process easier with a little know-how about partitioning. If Windows or another Linux distro is installed then GRUB will detect the OS and use Gparted to aid you in the process of partitioning the hard drive if you wish to dual boot. Partitioning is just the process of splitting the available storage on your hard drive so that it acts as two separate drives and each OS has its own separate available utilization of the drive.
Install video walk-through PARTITIONING INCLUDED
This video I found on YouTube is great and will be much more helpful than just a text-based walk-through INSTALL WALK-THROUGH
Post Install walk-through
I found another WordPress with a very impressive install walk-through post; I could write for a month and still not put together anything as impressive or thorough as THIS