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Crunchbang is a lightweight yet powerful Linux distribution, having as a major drawback the relatively obscure OpenBox windows manager.
To me it’s the ideal distribution for old hardware, but if you want to enable newbies to use CrunchBang without hurdles I suggest to do the following:

  1. Enable automatic login. From the menu choose System and then “User Login Settings”, in the “Security” tab you’ll find the automatic login checkbox. This removes the first obstacle for using a computer if you don’t need any privacy.
  2. Launch Chromium at startup. A browser is what people use most (and for real newbies could be the sole program worth using). In ~/.config/openbox/autostart (it’a a BaSH script) add the command to launch a browser (eg: /opt/google/chrome/chrome).
  3. What else?