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Fuduntu 14.11
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1 11362 09-21-2011
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.0

Description: "Fuduntu is now a rolling release. We will not follow future versions of Fedora. Updates include Linux Kernel 3.0.3, Chromium 13... We will stay with GNOME 2 for as long as we can."
Keywords: kernel-3 cloud rolling-release gnome-2

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Old 09-21-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Very stable and friendly
Cons: Lacks documentation for beginners

As noted in the release statement, Fuduntu has moved from a Fedora derivative to a Fedora fork, although this version still uses the Fedora 14 repository alongside its own. It is sticking with Gnome 2 and will maintain it with patches from Red Hat.

There was no checksum available for the iso, and the installer lacked Fedora's self-checking mechanism, but all went well. The only complaint one could make would be that, although it offered a choice of filing systems, only ext4 was accepted. LVM, RAID, and encryption were supported. There is no documentation available, so you need to know about partitions and so forth to install.

The desktop is Gnome, but with a single panel and the awm dock. It claims to run in just 384MB, and I was able to run Gimp in that: 365 after I'd removed the usual unneeded services. The software included Chromium, Banshee, VLC, Gimp, Shotwell, Empathy, and Cheese. No office or email software is provided, and the menu has direct links to Google Mail and Google Docs instead. LibreOffice and other programs are available in the repository, however. Jupiter is provided for power management, which is particularly suitable for systems using the Intel Atom. A major departure from its Fedora heritage is the presence of Flash and the media codecs. VLC worked perfectly as usual, and so did the other software. SEL is provided, but set to warn rather than enforce. The only detectable problem was that the pager did not display properly if the panel was moved to the side of the screen.

This will appeal to anyone who wants a stable system but a rolling release, and who likes Gnome 2 and yum/rpm package management. It will be interesting to see how it develops as it moves away from Fedora.


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