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First impressions of Saline OS 1.0

Feb 07, 2011, 18:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)

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"Saline is a fairly new distribution to the Linux scene, having just reached the 1.0 mark in January. The distro is based off Debian Squeeze which, at the time of writing, is due to become the official Debian Stable branch any day. The Saline website is small at this point, featuring some information on the distribution, support forums and screenshots. The ISO for the 1.0 download weighs in at 886 MB, pushing it into DVD-size territory. Given the large download it may be surprising to learn Saline's live disc boots into the light Xfce desktop environment. I found the appearance of the desktop very appealing. The quick-launch bar at the bottom of the screen and the application switcher at the top are done in dark colours with a pleasant high-contrast. The wallpaper is a blue underwater view and there are a few icons lining the left side of the screen. The icons include links to browse Saline's file system, an installer and a user's manual.

"I feel the manual deserves special mention as it's nicely put together. It's presented as a PDF document and covers available software in the live environment, how to install Saline to the local hard drive, restricted multimedia codecs and proprietary video drivers. There's also a section on WINE for people who need to run Windows applications. There is a short section on LAMP servers and the manual concludes with a list of common command-line programs with a brief description of what each one does. Each section is short, but covers the basics and will be a handy aid to Linux newcomers."

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