I was a big Ubuntu fan until they decided to use Unity in netbook remix and moved windows border icons to the left. I then switched to LinuxMint, it was alright but I'm a Chrome user and I hate the fact that they won't let you remove firefox (the package manager forces you to install "abrowser", which is still firefox but with brand removed).
Now CrunchBang Linux is my new favorite Linux distro. I hesitated before puting it on my HP mini 1000 netbook because the latest version "Statler" is based on debian, which is famous for being "Pure Open Source" and hence lack of proprietary drivers. However, I was totally wrong, nearly all hardware worked out of the box for me except for the usual wireless driver, network port and bluetooth.
To be fair the b43 driver did work but it was fairly unstable and disconnects randomly. The solution turns out is pretty simple, all you have to do is to enter:
options b43 pio=1 qos=0
in the following file:
My cheap bluetooth dongle was detected but there were no software installed to interact with it. Therefore, I installed blueman by:
sudo apt-get install blueman
blueman-applet to the end of
## Launch blueman applet (sleep 4s && blueman-applet) &
Finally, the ethernet port has got the same problem as Ubuntu where the cable needed to be plugged before the system was booted up and it will freeze the system if you unplug it. To get network working properly you need to open up
/etc/default/grub, find the line
save the file and then run
reboot your laptop and the ethernet port should work properly now.