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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.

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  • Chris McClelland

    I suspect the “FUD” in “Fuduntu” is significant. “FUD” as in “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt”.

    I have to say I was very unhappy with Gnome3 and tried for many months to avoid it, but always seemed to come back to the realisation that I was swimming against the current, wasting time debugging DBus message flows rather than doing “real” work.

    So I finally gave up and started running Gnome 3.4. It took me a day or two to find extensions to tweak the UI to my taste, and another couple of days to get everything working nicely, and I still haven’t quite got used to the alt-tab behaviour. But here I am, several months later, and I’m pretty happy with how my desktop works (and looks:

    I doubt I’d go back, if given the option. I’m not a Gnome3 fan-boy yet, but also I’m no longer a hater.

    • Fewt

      > I suspect the “FUD” in “Fuduntu” is significant. “FUD” as in “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt”.

      Pathetic, all these people come out of the woodwork with this jealous angry crap. The fact that you said this is the only FUD here. If you don’t like the year and a half of work that we have put into a free Linux distribution that we give to the world asking nothing in return that’s one thing, but to be such an ass like this, give us a damn break already.

      • Chris McClelland

        I honestly didn’t mean it like that. I genuinely assumed it was a deliberate play on words on the part of the Fuduntu developers. As I said before, I *personally* found the move to Gnome3 to be painful, but ultimately worthwhile. But the beauty of Linux is that I had (and still have) a choice, and I’m very well aware that I have that choice only as a result of a lot of hard work by a lot of passionate developers. I certainly did not mean to belittle your work, and I apologise if that’s how I came across.

        • Fewt

          Fair enough and apology accepted. Sorry if I came across strong , but we see this constantly and it often is intentional. Fuduntu containing the letters Fud is a coincidence and doesn’t mean anything. Some of the people that are afraid of what we are doing will do anything to spread fear in hopes of preventing us from being successful.

  • Chuy Figueroa

    I started using Linux since Ubuntu 9.04 and soon I started to switch from distro to distro; I tried debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Mint Debian, Fedora, OpenSuse and even CentOs. Every time a new version of any of the distros mentioned came out, I gave it a Try, so changing the OS in my PC turned into a Hobby.

    Then, when Gnome 3 came to be, I also tried it and it dissapointed me. I am no computer geek; I am a back to school at 57 Phylosophy student and I need a laptop that can be used for essay writing; presentation shows, internet access, etc. and I need to copy and paste information between applications in an easy way besides making good writing publishable work, and I have found in Fuduntu the way to go because the simplicity to do the work I need to do is unequalled in Gnome 3, and Fuduntu is simple enough to have only the applications that I need or want.

    The only dissapointment that I have with Fuduntu is that it has ruined my “hobby”; I am not changing distros anymore; I still download and make live USB’s, but I am not installing them anymore.

    Keep up the excellent work!!!

  • Stephen Green

    Fuduntu is excellent it has everything you need, including stability and security

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