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"Fusion Linux 14 'Thorium' is officially out. This release has been in the making for the last 5 months. Work on this release started even before Fedora 14 got released, which is the base for Fusion Linux 14. We had a lot of features, desktop components and overall polish to tie together into one coherent whole before making this release. Features and highlights: a brand new custom-made theme; post install welcome wizard script; Skype removed so Fusion Linux can be freely redistributed; multimedia support (Flash, MP3 and DivX playback); better hardware compatibility for Broadcom wireless cards; mintMenu; DockbarX; GNOME Do; Compiz Fusion."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 2
I have only tested this as a live medium, without installing. The first thing I noted was that it is one of the slowest live disks I've ever used: it would not be practical to use it in that form.
My first run ended with a complete lockup, but a second attempt gave a working system. As stated in the release notes, a lot of programs are added to Fedora; perhaps too many, as we have 4 media players, 3 terminal emulators, 3 file managers, etc. Adopting a one-application-per-task approach would have enabled Fusion to fit on a CD rather than a DVD. Some of the programs were not functional: only 2 of the media players would actually play. I've never quite gathered what Gnome-Do was supposed to do: in this distro, not even show the help.
To make a derivative of an existing distro, one needs to work from the finished product. This developer created a respin of Fedora 14 whilst it was still under development, depriving himself of the expertise of the Fedora team. The result is that it still looks like a development version.
I can understand that some beginners find Fedora too complex, or more geared to the office than the home. There is a market for Fusion's approach, but Fusion is not yet capable of filling it.