Recently a new Linux distribution was born, called Lin-X. Based off Ubuntu 8.10, and designed to look like Mac OS X, it grabbed my attention. As soon as the download went live, I downloaded the 900+MB DVD image and burned a disk. Placing the disk in my drive, I booted up my PC into the live system. I was greeted by a Mac-like startup screen, with a circle of outward pointing lines lighting up in a circle. The Apple logo was there, just a little edited. Inside the Apple logo (really, the Lin-X logo) there is the famous pirate flag emblem of skull and crossbones. The desktop itself looks nice, and acts almost like Apple’s Mac OS X. AWN is used at the bottom of the screen for the dock, and the global menu applet is used at the top of the screen which emulates the Mac’s menu system. Only a few applications (KDE apps, Mozilla apps, and OpenOffice) do not have support for the global menu. Two themes are provided – the aqua and the graphite versions, and two backgrounds are also provided, the space background and a grassy-field one. The one problem I have with the theme is that when a selected item in the menu is highlighted that has a sub-menu (most apparent in the main application menu), the normal arrow appears fuzzed around the edges, and slightly distorted. The Firefox theme, Nautilus, and Rhythmbox all look really awesome though. There are several applications preinstalled that add to the common stock of applications. For one, the MPlayer movie player has been added by default. I had some issues with it however, I kept getting multiple errors when starting it — not exactly a big deal since the default movie player is installed. I was also surprised to see VirtualBox installed by default, version 2.1.4. Of course, no review is complete without a screenshot!