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Fuduntu - Dell D600

Posted 04-02-2012 at 05:33 AM by markyd
Updated 10-16-2013 at 06:37 AM by markyd

After a mostly favourable installation within VMware it was time to take Fuduntu 2012.1 for a spin on my Linux Donkey Test machine, an old Dell 1.8Ghz, D600, 2GB RAM and a PATA SSD, yes you read that right took a lot of hunting to find that baby!

The intall was smooth, no issues and up and surfing within 10-15 minutes, the "updates" took forever and the "porgress/how long do I have to wait indicator" did not leave me very well informed, minor gripe but still, as an Ubuntu refugee it was a step backwards I felt.

As all my machines need to be able to keep my 2 year old amused the ability to playback shows from the BBC iPlayer / Cbeebies is essential and on a plus note all the codecs etc seemed to be there to play "Mike the Knight" but the performace was woeful and stuttery and as my 2 year old commented "broken daddy".

Seeing as Fuduntu is touted as the champion of older / low powered hardware (hence it has my vote and will try and work my way through this) it my assumption that something is not right rather than Fuduntu is resouce sapping dog.

I suspect the graphics driver, the Dell has a ATI Radion FireGL 250 or something ... sorry working away from home and this is from memory ... and unlike various 'buntus out there there was no obvious proprietory driver "helper / loader". After about 30 minutes of Googling I did not get very far before my playtime was curtailed and I needed to look after the nipper.

Will keep you posted unless anyone has any bright ideas?

General "gripe" love the concept of Fuduntu and has a great oportunity to revive old laptops stuck in the corner, reuse them, give them away to kids or what ever puts a smile on your face. Most of my friends have an older deader laptop that does not warrent money ... most of their Linux skills are zero ... Fuduntu's easy installer (9/10) is a big plus into me giving them a copy to try out .... but ... but ... not quiet ... so nearly there it squeaks!

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    .... been a bit lax on updating this sorry for that. The Dell D600 is now running Lubuntu 12.04 and is a lot faster than Fuduntu. I did like Fuduntu and would give it another spin but it was just to slow for me compared to Lubuntu which is my main distro of choice.
    Posted 05-16-2012 at 11:38 AM by markyd markyd is offline


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