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SAM Linux 2008 'Claws' rc1: A Brief Visual Tour

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FIRST I went “Wow!”, followed soon after by an “Eugh!”

The “Wow!” came about as a result of watching SAM Linux 2008 'Claws rc1' launching as a live CD on my test machine.

The boot splash, the login screen – they're stylish and lovely and more than a little bit green, but in a nice way.

Then there's a Mac-style kicker panel atop the Xfce desktop (I love Xfce for its speed) with beautifully-scaled, pop-up icons.

Even the start-up sound that accompanied the desktop launch was nice, a kind of pastoral trill that made me think of, well, pastures.

But then came the “Eugh!”, as a result of me realising how ghastly the default wallpaper is in SAM Linux.

It's a cross between a distant landscape and a piece of green swooshy artwork, with a horrid graduated blend between the two just off-centre.

To be honest, the only reason I'm making a fuss about that wallpaper is because I couldn't really find much else to complain about, and I do so like to complain about something.

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