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Fuduntu .... inspirational ...but ...

Posted 11-05-2012 at 04:53 AM by markyd
Updated 10-16-2013 at 05:31 AM by markyd

Monday 9th Jun3 2013

Just found out that Fuduntu is no more ... Jupiter is not being developed ... these things sadden me, Fuduntu was a great OS and it inspired me to spin Lubuntu to look like it for reasons I have done to death and Jupiter has been my number one package on numerous EEE PC 901's ... Fewt what is going on?

May 11th 2012

I have used Fuduntu in my business for the last 3 months and have really enjoyed the look and feel of the distribution and valued the "snapiness" on lower end machines.

Distro's always seem to be in a battle of performance versus "bling" but Fuduntu seems to cut the balance just right, the Jupiter hardware management app is really good and the AWN "mac look dock" it pretty damm good, enough bling to make the experience enjoyable without slowing things down. Worked like a dream on the Asus Eee-PC 901.

However, all is not totally rosy in the Fuduntu garden, they play it very safe legally which meant getting the Broadcom drivers to work on my Dell Latitude E4300 was a complete pig and I failed miserably to get Acidrip to work, archiving DVD's to server for the Raspbmc project .. another story.

Fuduntu is "based" on Fedora but is not repository compatible and there is no "Medibuntu" equivalent either to host the more "off piste" software collections leaving you with no choice but to compile yourself ... I know I should be able and capable but I am not and I am very time poor .... so that's the the reason I am leaving ... the repository issues i.e being limited to just Fuduntu has just been well ... too limiting!

I have one laptop left running Fuduntu and will keep it that way for now but the others have gone over to Xubuntu (12.04LTS) + Compiz + AWN + Jupiter which means they look and feel like Fuduntu but have none of the package limitations.

Fuduntu has literally and metaphorically been an inspiration to me and I wish them all the best for the future ..... I will check in from time to time.

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