It is only natural that there are still a lot of people out there who can’t get used to GNOME 3 and prefer GNOME 2 that they are used to. The problem with this is that not many distributions support GNOME 2 anymore, and most of them use obsolete versions of applications.
Fuduntu on the other hand is modern in every aspect, except for the GNOME version…
Fuduntu is a Fedora based fork distribution that earns its name by its ambition to fit somewhere in-between Fedora and Ubuntu. It is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, and is optimized for netbook and other portable computers, as well as general-purpose desktop machines.
The interesting fact about Fuduntu though is its software selection. On the latest version 2012.3 that came out almost two weeks ago you will find the following:
- Gnome 2.32.1
- Linux Kernel 3.4.4
- VLC 2.0.1
- Banshee 2.2.1
The default set of applications is not very big, but includes things that every user installs anyway like DropBox, VLC, Chromium brower, while there is even a Gmail notifier on a very nice docky that we all loved to use back in the Gnome 2 days.
Apart from that you will also find some interesting choices like Shutter for screenshots and GoogleDocs only, on the office category! Of course you can install more things using the Software Add/Remove tool.
You’d better try HD…
To justify the “Ubuntu” part of its name, Fuduntu offers some conveniences like out of the box mp3 codecs and Adobe Flash player plugin pre-installed! Also, the Jupiter tool that allows users to set their resolution and power management can prove very useful on laptops and netbooks.
In general, Fuduntu is an easy to use, modern distribution that uses Gnome 2 from choice, not from oldness. The development is very active, and the community has grown very much lately. I believe that this is may be the best choice for those of you who still don’t want to make the step to Gnome 3.