I decided to try out SparkyLinux as a possible backup in case anything were to ever happen to CrunchBang Linux, my favorite distro.
My Linux experience began back in 1994/1995 with Mandrake. I still remember purchasing a boxed set of discs and instruction manual at CompUSA (chain of computer stores in the U.S. that no longer exists). I got home, loaded the OS, and thought to myself, "You've got to be kidding me." I quickly decided that this Linux thing wasn't for me.
I gave Linux another try when Ubuntu began attracting attention. I installed it in a dual-boot environment and was fairly impressed. I also learned about Kubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu at this time and tried all three as well. However, I ran into instances where I wasn't able to do something under Linux that I could easily do in Windows, and decided once again that Linux wasn't for me.
In April 2010, I purchased an ASUS EeePC. Windows XP ran slowly on the ASUS EeePC, so I did some research and came across a Linux distro called CrunchBang Linux. At the time, it was based on Ubuntu. I installed CrunchBang in a dual-boot environment with Windows XP and was blown away. Everything, and I mean everything, worked out of the box. Eventually, I decided that I just didn't have the time to tinker with Linux and removed the CrunchBang partition from my EeePC.
In November/December 2011, I installed a preview release of Windows 8 in VirtualBox. I had read about the new Metro interface and I didn't think I would like it based on what I had read. Well, my experience with the preview release confirmed my suspicions. I hated the Metro interface. I then decided to give Linux another look and typed the URL for CrunchBang Linux into a browser to see if they were still around. They were and the distro was now based on Debian Stable.
I started out with CrunchBang running under VirtualBox. In March 2012, I decided to dual-boot CrunchBang Linux and Windows 7 on my main laptop. I have been using CrunchBang Linux ever since. CrunchBang Linux became my primary OS this past summer when I figured out how to access peripherals in Windows 7 running under VirtualBox. I even put a how-to together on the Tips, Tricks, & Scripts forum on the CrunchBang Linux site. Here's a link if you're interested:http://www.crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=36436
Other distros that I've played around with over the years: MEPIS, BackTrack, Tails, PCLinuxOS, Antergos, Salix, OpenSUSE, siduction, SolydXK, UbuntuCE, SystemRescueCD, Linux Mint, KNOPPIX, Clonezilla, GoboLinux, and LinuxBBQ.
I really like the SparkyLinux Base Openbox spin. It allows me to start with a minimal system using my utmost favorite window manager and panel. Kudos to the development team for offering it.