Back on July 2nd, the third quarter release of the Fedora-forked Linux distro Fuduntu was made available for download. Fuduntu was originally based directly upon Fedora, but has since forked out to become an individually managed Linux distribution.
Fuduntu follows a rolling release model so the 2012.3 version is basically a snapshot of the distro with all the latest updates installed. So with that, it’s a good time to take a look at the latest developments going on with Fuduntu.
Fuduntu is distributed as a Live DVD and weighs in at 930 megabytes for the 32-bit version and 940 megabytes for the 64-bit version. I used VirtualBox to test out the installation process and it worked painlessly using the familiar Anaconda installer which is used for most Red Hat/Fedora derivatives.
After successful installation you’re presented with a nice clean GNOME desktop and a simple default wallpaper with the Fuduntu logo in the center. Towards the bottom you”ll find a dock with four pre-placed applications and a shortcut to your home folder as well as the trash can.
Chromium is provided for web browsing purposes. A basic Gmail web prism is included instead of a dedicated email client. Pidgin is the default IM client, and Dropbox is ready to go after installing the proprietary daemon. Banshee and VLC are included for multimedia purposes.
Fuduntu does a good job of implementing the ease-of-use found in Ubuntu with the solid foundation of Fedora. If you’re looking for a new Linux distribution to try, Fuduntu is certainly worth considering giving a go, whether in a virtual machine or as a primary OS.
Click here for a full screenshot tour of Fuduntu 2012.3.