There are both direct and torrent options to download Fuduntu. Since my internet connection is very unstable, the torrent method works best for me. My testing laptop is very old with a weak Centrino CPU and merely 1GB of RAM so I chose the 32bit version. The ISO file is nearly 1GB in size so you will need to use a DVD or a USB to try it. After downloading the ISO, I used Unetbootin to create the bootable USB for Fuduntu.
The live USB booted fine on my laptop. The first thing I saw was the simple but elegant splash screen of Fuduntu with the four-leaf clover logo. After that, I was greeted with the Gnome 2 login screen. It didnt allow me to autologin, I had to click on the autologin button to log in to the live desktop, on which there is a button to install Fuduntu. To fully test Fuduntu, I clicked on that button and the installation process began
Fuduntu uses the installer of Fedora, which is different from that of Ubuntu but equally simple and intuitive.The first thing I needed to select is the keyboard layout:
The next thing was about the storage devices type, I picked the first one here:
Then it asked me to select the hostname:
Then the root password. I first used the simple “1234″ string for the root password but it didnt allow me to use it:
Then I tried “123456″, got another warning but this password is ok to use anyway:
After that was the drive partition part, there are many options to choose but I always picked the custom layout options:
Then I needed to select the drive to install Fuduntu on. If you have basic knowledge about linux partitioning, this will be a piece of cake:
When you are done with the partitioning process, you will move to the boot loader part:
And after that, the installation process will begin:
Just like most other Linux distros, it only took around 10 minutes to install Fuduntu. And you will see this last picture telling you everything is done and you can reboot the computer to use Fuduntu as a full OS:
When you boot up Fuduntu as a full OS the first time, you will see the welcome screen. It will show you some info and license of Fuduntu then ask you to enter your username, password and edit the time settings. After that, you can login into Fuduntu from the Gnome login screen.
Fuduntu is one of the few distros that still use Gnome 2 as the desktop environment. The default desktop of Fuduntu is plain and simple with only a grayish wallpaper with a Four-leaf clover logo in the center, there is no shortcut folder on the desktop. At the top of the screen is the Gnome panel with a Gnome menu bar on the right and some necessary applets on the left. At the bottom is the AWN dock in 3D mode with several icons, the squish effect is enabled by default for the AWN dock.
The default Gtk theme of Fuduntu is a simple bluish one. The default icon theme is Faenza Cupertino. To customize the theme, icon and wallpaper, you just need to right click on the desktop and select the “Change Desktop Background” option and you will be presented to the Appearance Preferences window, on which you can select new wallpapers, themes and icon sets for your Fuduntu desktop:
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