Review: Fuduntu 2013.1

Fuduntu was first released in 2010 as a Fedora-based Linux distribution. Its developers forked it the following year. The result is a Linux distro that has a user desktop experience somewhere between Fedora’s functionality and Ubuntu’s user-friendliness. As part of its Fedora roots, Fuduntu uses the Yum packager manager. – See more at: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Fuduntu-An-Innovative-Old-Linux-Revisited-77397.html#sthash.rdByll4y.dpuf

Old Turns New Again

That is the issue Fuduntu lead developer Andrew Wyatt appears to be confronting with his efforts to maintain GNOME 2 to keep his distro viable. He released Fuduntu 2013.1 on January 7. It offers a true GNOME 2 experience and is more polished in its performance than the fledgling MATE clone desktop environment for GNOME 2. Many other distros provide alternatives to the GNOME 3 shell such as Unity, Cinnamon, KDE and other choices to avoid the classic GNOME 3 interface.

Fuduntu is impressive and seems very modern despite its GNOME 2 infrastructure. It easily exceeds two other GNOME2-based distros, Mageia Linux OS and SolusOS. It is available in 32- and 64-bit versions from the Fuduntu site.

Fuduntu gives you a frustration-free user experience on desktop computers, as well as laptops and netbooks, with up-to-date applications. This latest release even includes an installer for the beta of the Steam For Linux software distribution service.

First Impressions

I was particularly pleased with the tweaking done to Fuduntu to improve battery performance on my collection of notebooks and netbooks. It was not my imagination that I could work unplugged longer.

I ran the same applications and did the same computing tasks on my battery-powered gear running Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Fedora. I saw improved battery life ranging from 25 to 30 percent, depending on the distro and the device.

I also like Fuduntu’s rolling release distribution system. This eliminates the hassle of installing a full upgrade to stay current with new software versions to the OS. Instead, Fuduntu pushes the new software incrementally as it becomes available for distribution.

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