It’s your canvas — paint it

One of the many great things about CrunchBang is that you can get it in any color that you like as long as it’s black. The fact that it comes in only one color may be off-putting to some people, however rather than seeing it as black, you can — say it with me, because I’ve said it a million times — instead see it as a blank canvas to make your screen shot, as well as the rest of your CrunchBang distro, suit your liking.

That may or may not be by design, and only lead developer Philip Newborough knows for sure. Regardless, the flexibility with which you can make CrunchBang your own makes it stand out among other Linux distributions.

So where do you go for a screenshot worthy of your CrunchBang setup?

On a monthly basis for several years now, the CrunchBang forums set up the “$MONTH Screenshot Thread,” and here’s the one for January 2014. You can go further back in Artwork and Screenshots in the forums to find past months. In these topics lie a treasure trove of screenshots that you can use to put on your screen to enhance your CrunchBang experience.

Personally speaking, I have two that I particularly like — one I use regularly and one I break out for the holiday season.

My normal day-to-day screnshot photo is of Mount Shasta, taken by CrunchBanger rstrcogburn, and can be found in the Artwork and Screenshots subject under the Cog’s Corner item here. As you can see, there’s a lot of dark blue in the upper right (and upper left, for that matter) to put a modified Conky.

But around the holidays, it’s a different story. During the Yuletide, I put up this screenshot which originated from CrunchBang user Milozzy. I got his permission to use it and made it my Christmas screenshot.

Interestingly enough, when I show various screenshots to folks when talking about CrunchBang to groups and individuals, Milozzy’s is one of the favorites.

So using what seems to be an almost endless supply of photos and artwork in the forums, you have a wide range of options in going from Basic Black to wherever your artistic soul leads you. You look at your screen for a considerable part of your day — make it something you want to look at.

Or, in other words, it’s your canvas — paint it.

See you next week.

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Larry the CrunchBang Guy and all other blogs by Larry Cafiero are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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