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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Oh man. I've wanted to do this post for quite a long time now. And now I can! So here it is.
There isn't really much to discuss about the desktop, because aside from the fact that the "11" has been replaced by a stylized Debian logo, this desktop looks identical to that of Linux Mint 11 "Katya" GNOME. There is one minor issue, though: in some applications, such as the GNOME Appearance Properties tool and the GNOME Terminal, the GTK+ theme's gray metallic gradients are completely flattened, so said applications doesn't quite match visually with the rest of the desktop. The colors still look relatively close, though, and it's not like the applications look like they're from Microsoft Windows 95 (all the rounded corners and shadows are still present), but it does show that a little more visual polishing could be done to make the Debian- and Ubuntu-based editions truly indistinguishable. Overall, the desktop still looks like a very inviting place to be.