SAM Linux 2007

SAM Linux Desktop, a live and installation CD based on PCLinuxOS, is an easy-to-use, fast and clean XFce Linux desktop for home users.

The distribution is enhanced by several popular non-free applications, such as Macromedia Flash plugin, Java and RealPlayer.

The livecd boots to a text screen offering some prelimary information in English and German, mainly consisting of passwords and instructions for obtaining further help. The F1 and F2 screens offer some "cheat codes" and booting options. In the end we ended up booting with xres=1280x1024. Since it couldn't detect my monitor correctly, it turns out we achieved 1152x768. No real reflection on Sam, as not many distros detect that monitor correctly.

The silent boot splash is of an olive greenish color embossed with the Sam linux desktop logo and a darker green progress bar. It's a very good, if not almost exact, match to the desktop backdrop used in xfce4. OD green sounds repulsive in print, but in use is quite refreshingly different and surprisingly attractive.

In addition to the system tools, there are plenty of applications. There are office applications, games and emulators, multimedia and graphic tools, as well as internet and networking programs. The menu is full of software - from Abiword to Zsnes.


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