Punny Name, Serious Distro

by Susan Linton - Jan. 11, 2011Comments (7)

FuduntuThere's a new distro in town, but is its name misleading? On November 7 Fuduntu was announced. If one didn't look closely, they might think it was just another Ubuntu derivative. Even with the "d"ifference noticed, it still leads one to think that. But Fuduntu is actually a Fedora-based remix designed primarily for netbooks and notebooks, although it makes for a nice light-weight desktop alternative as well.

The Website says Fuduntu "earns its name by its design to fit somewhere in-between Fedora and Ubuntu. It is a Fedora remix optimized for Netbook and other portable computers." It takes it name from both Fedora and Ubuntu in a light-hearted manner. Fewt, the blogger who develops Fuduntu, says the name is a pun and meant to be fun.

Fuduntu 14.7 features GNOME 2.32.0 as distributed by Red Hat (Fedora), a 2.6.35 kernel, Xorg X Server 1.9.1, GCC 4.5.1, and RPM 4.8.1. It ships with The GIMP, Firefox, Empathy, Thunderbird, OpenOffice.org, Brasero, Cheese, VLC media player, Rhythmbox music player, and Deja Dup backup software. It comes with a graphical package manager and update manager. The Website provides this further information:


Some of the tweaks found in Fuduntu:


  • BFS task scheduler
  • Deadline IO scheduler
  • /tmp and /var/log moved to RAM disk
  • Swappiness reduced to 10
  • Jupiter for power savings
  • Gnome default desktop tweaks
  • Gnome Terminal color tweaks

    A few of the default packages found in Fuduntu:


  • Adobe Flash
  • Fluendo MP3 Codec
  • Likewise Open
  • Infinality Freetype
  • Nautilus Elementary
  • OpenOffice w/ quickstart
  • Thunderbird
  • GIMP
  • Jupiter
  • VIM Enhanced

    Several updated images have been released since last November with the most recent, 14.8, on January 7, 2011 with an updated 2.6.37 kernel, the removal of BFS, and the addition of Dropbox, among other things.

    Some may say, "this is just a remix" and they wouldn't be incorrect. But these remixes provided by individuals highlight one of the greatest strengths of Linux distributions - the power of creation. If one doesn't find a distribution they like or thinks they have a better idea, all the tools to create a new one is available to do so. Some may not realize that several of the most popular distributions today started out exactly the same way, it's just a little easier these days. You never know where the next PCLinuxOS or Linux Mint might turn up - maybe right here with Fuduntu.

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    Please, stop calling "distros" half-wit customizations put together by Windows enthusiasts, who used actual distros (such as Fedora), and other customizations (such as Ubuntu). You blur the line needlessly between what is a distro and what is a customization. Is there really nothing else to write about?

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    Hi Susan, thank you for the review!

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    Must . . . . try.

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    The article is well-writen and informative.

    I'm always on the look-out for distros which will optimize and make my net/notebooks (that's all I use) as efficient as possible. Base on your article, I'm definitely going to give Fuduntu a serious look.


    A note for Fewt: No matter what the intelligentia say, psychologists, company recruiters, and you and your friends have confirmed the fact that first impressions are THE most important one can make. If Fuduntu is as good as Ms. Linton's article implies, perhaps you should consider changing the name. I'm all for whimsy and light-heartedness, but years as a design engineer, area sales manager, and college professor taught me an important lesson: when whimsy and fun will possibly ruin a first impression, pack them away until you have been taken seriously (as a good, working example, the VERY first thing that popped into my mind when I read the headline of Ms. Linton's article was that well-known and even more-well-hated tactic of M****soft: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. I said to myself, "Now THAT has got to be one interesting Linux distro!"). Just one man's suggestion.


    Thanks again for a well-written, information-packed, concise article.

    Am eagerly awaiting more by you.


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    "Now THAT has got to be one interesting Linux distro!"

    I would argue that based on this, the name did its job perfectly. ;)

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    I have tried fuduntu and it is really good and fast. What I really like about Fuduntu is that it provides the latest technologies and applications. You don;t have to wait until the next Ubuntu or Fedora to get the latest Linux Kernel. You can get it right now with Fuduntu out of the box. Same thing with Gnome. I think it if a distribution with a lot of potential

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    The best part of this distro is that you have access to the main players and they care. Personally My eeepc 900A is perfect, and Fewt and the gang fixed the only piddly thing I found in a week. Now that is a distro you can love.


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