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