Not just the new black

The phrase “$SOMETHING_TRENDY is the new black” seems to be everywhere. To quote Wikipedia, the phrase is “an expression used to indicate the sudden popularity or versatility of an idea at the expense of the popularity of a second idea. It is the originator of the phrasal template ‘X is the new Y.’ The phrase seemed to have started in the 1950s or 1960s.”

Be that as it may, bloggers like to point out that CrunchBang — our increasingly popular distro — comes in basic black, which it does. However, what often goes unmentioned is that it doesn’t have to stay that way.

In many cases, it doesn’t stay that way.

In fact, taking a lap around the CrunchBang forum’s July 2013 Screenshot Thread will show you what can be done with CrunchBang screens that, in my opinion, are blank canvases as opposed to “basic black” (also, each month’s Screenshot Thread is catalogued here by month under the Artwork and Screenshot heading in the forums). In addition, some folks have taken to posting their screenshots on the CrunchBang Google+ community site (and if you’re not participating in the CrunchBang Google+ community, it’s about time you did).

There’s a lot of screenshot material available in the CrunchBang forums, especially if you go back a few months.

My screnshot photo is of Mount Shasta, taken by CrunchBanger rstrcogburn, 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.

Except on the holidays. During the Yuletide, I put up this screenshot which originated from CrunchBang user Milozzy. Interestingly enough, when I show screenshots to folks when talking about CrunchBang to groups, this one is one of the favorites.

Again, I don’t consider CrunchBang finished once it’s downloaded and the “welcome script” has completed its run. As many of you already realize, it’s just the beginning, and the variety of screenshots that many of you create show an artesian depth of creativity on behalf of the distro. Thanks for your contributions.

So if you haven’t done so already, go ahead and post your screenshot here (or if you’re reading this after July, pick the appropriate month). Remember (and this is important): Make sure you post your screenshot as a thumbnail, and instructions to do so are in the first post in the topic.

Don’t be shy: I have one there somewhere and it pales in comparision to what others can do with GIMP and other photo tools.

So let that Picasso, or that Rembrandt, or that Van Gogh trapped inside you run wild.

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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