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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
After some delay it’s finally time for me to write up my thoughts about SAM Linux 2009, a distro I must confess I hadn’t really heard of until someone asked me to review it. It’s a German distribution based on the very popular PCLinuxOS. So how would I get on with this unknown quantity (to me at least), read on to find out…
Distro Base – PCLinuxOS
Packaging – .rpm (Managed by Synaptic)
Linux Kernel – 22.214.171.124.tex3
Default Desktop – XFCE 4.6.1
One of the first things I wanted to do was install the closed source drivers for my Nvidia graphics card (sorry RMS), and I discovered the Synaptic package management GUI in the menu. I know Synaptic well from Debian of course, and I’ve seen it used to manage RPM packages before on PCLinuxOS. It’s no surprise to find it here. After a quick search for “nvidia”, I was given a few options. I chose the most recent one I could see and installed it. After logging out and restarting the X server I was pleased to see an Nvidia splash screen, it was all working.