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10 August 2007 06:30

SAM Linux Desktop shows promise

SAM Linux Desktop, an Xfce-fronted distribution based on PCLinuxOS, aims to be a complete and modern desktop operating system. Though it has problems that need to be worked out before it will match the competition, it offers an easy install, a 3-D desktop environment, and a flurry of programs to suit your needs. The SAM install image is actually a live CD with the option to install. I was able to choose my Dvorak layout on boot by pressing F3, and SAM correctly set the layout for the system keyboard as well as the setting under X. Most distributions set one or the other, but rarely both. When SAM booted I ran the installer linked from the desktop. It was an easy, straightforward install with a few simple questions followed by about seven minutes of copying files on my Sempron 2800 with 512MB of memory. One of the things that impressed me about the installer, as small a thing as it may be, was the fact that the keyboard layout selection screen had Dvorak selected for me, reflecting my decision at boot. This is a logical consequence, but few installers take it into consideration. When I booted to my installed system and loaded the skinned Xfce desktop, I decided to run the Install Video Driver shortcut located on the desktop. While it required manual selection of my video card (an Nvidia GeForce 7300GS), the program automatically installed the driver for me and told me to restart X. I decided to try the Activate 3D shortcut next, enabling Compiz-Fusion with full effects. However, when I restarted X and logged in, I got an error that said "'SAM Linux Menu' could not be loaded," and the bottom left SAM menu did not work. There were also no 3-D effects. I tried running it again with xgl instead of native (though my card supports it). This time there was no error when I logged in, but the clock program on the desktop was not displayed, with a gray box covering the area it usually occupied. There were some 3-D effects, such as switching desktops, but it was unusably slow. PARTE ABAIXO DE ONDE VEIO ??? These applications comes with the SAM Linux Desktop 2007 LiveCD: Office Networking & Internet Multimedia - OpenOffice.org 2.2: * Word Processing * Spreadsheet * Database * Presentations * Web Design * Formula editor * Drawing - Abiword: Word Processing - Gnumeric: Spreadsheet - Dayplanner: Calendar - gLabels: Label Designer - Orage: Calendar - Mozilla Firefox: Web Browser - Opera: Web Browser - Browser-Plugins: Flash, Java, MozPlugger - Sylpheed Claws: E-Mail - Gaim: Multi-Messenger - Xchat: IRC Chat - gFtp: FTP-Client - Liferea: News-Reader - Skype: Internet-Telephonie - Gtk-Gnutella: File Sharing - Chestnut-Dialer: Modem-Connection - VNC: virtual Network Connection - Putty - PyNeighbourhood: Windows-Networks - Exaile: mp3-Player, Internet Radio - Mplayer: Multimedia-Player - gXine: Multimedia-Player - Xmms: mp3-Player - Grip: CD-Ripping - GnomeBaker: CD Burning - Streamtuner: Internet Radio - Realplayer: Multimedia-Player - TV Time: watching TV Graphics Games Accessories - Evince: pdf-Viewer - Gimp: Photo editing - FLPhoto: Photo editing,Viewer - GQview: Picture Viewer - GTKam: Digicam-Tool - Sodipodi: Vector Graphic - Xsane: Scanning - Enigma - FloboPuyo - Frozen Bubble - Gweled - IceBreaker - LBreakout 2 - LMarbles - PySol - Quadra - Supertux - Tower Toppler - Xskat - Gnome Commander: File manager - Mousepad: Notepad - Calculator - Xarchiver: Archiving - Alltray - Appfinder Security/Rescue System programs Other - Firewall - nmap - Gparted - partimage - Testdisk - My-Sys - rkhunter - redo-mbr - PCLinuxOS Control Center - Synaptic Software Manager - Terminal - Midnight Commander - Net Applet - GDM Login Window - Tilda - Gnome-Volume-Manager - Beryl 3d Desktop + Emerald - Wine Windows Emulator - Adesklets + Adesklets Manager - Bluefish Html-Editor

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