SAM Linux Desktop

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A live and bootable Linux kernel-based operating system derived from Mandriva Linux

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SAM Linux Desktop is a freely distributed and open source desktop-oriented operating system derived from PCLinuxOS, which in turn is based off of Mandriva Linux. The distribution is built around the Xfce desktop environment, uses the RPM package manager and it’s designed for home users.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD

The SAM Linux Desktop operating system can be downloaded from Softpedia or directly from its official website as a dual-arch Live CD ISO image that fits perfectly on a CD disc and it is bootable on computers supporting either of the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86_64) instruction set architectures.

Boot menu à la PCLinuxOS

The Live CD boot menu is identical in functionality with the one of the PCLinuxOS operating system, allowing the user to start the live system with normal configuration or in safe graphics mode using either the VESA or Framebuffer modes.

In addition, you can boot in failsafe mode or drop to a shell prompt, copy the contents of the ISO image to RAM and run the live system from there, ejecting the bootable medium, run a memory test, as well as to check the integrity of the disc (only if using a CD media).

Unique Xfce desktop environment with a dock

Before you can access the graphical session, which is powered by Xfce, you must choose a keyboard layout. Arrived at the display manager, use the “guest” username and the “guest” password to login. The desktop environment is unique for a PCLinuxOS-based distro, as it uses a traditional layout, as well as a dock (application launcher) that is located on the upper part of the screen.

A great software collection

Probably the most important feature of a Linux distribution is the software collection. SAM Linux Desktop offers a great software collection, comprised of chat and file transfer clients, email and news reading software, web browsers, multimedia players and office tools.

SAM Linux Desktop was reviewed by Marius Nestor
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Last updated on September 2nd, 2014
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