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Fuduntu 2013.1

Fuduntu 2013.1 has been released today, bringing Netflix, Steam and E17 stable support, along with Jockey for proprietary video driver installation and other changes and updates.

Fuduntu is a Linux distribution forked from Fedora that uses GNOME 2 by default, which provides rolling updated for non-GNOME2 packages so you get the latest updates for applications such as VLC, Chromium, Firefox and so on while using a stable desktop.

Fuduntu Steam
Steam for Linux running in Fuduntu

The latest Fuduntu 2013.1 features support for Netflix (it's the Netflix Desktop app that uses Wine, about which we've talked about a while back), Steam beta (but obviously, this isn't supported by the Steam developers) and E17 so to install them, simple use yum and install "steam", "netflix-desktop" or "fuduntu-enlightenment" packages.

Fuduntu Cairo Dock

Another change in Fuduntu 2013.1 is the replacement of the default task switcher / dock: instead of Avant Window Navigator (which is no longer maintained and doesn't build with the latest glib), Fuduntu now uses Cairo Dock, with a beautiful theme that looks pretty much the same as the AWN theme used previously. Cairo Dock is highly configurable and comes with many applets and themes by default.

Those who upgrade to the latest Fuduntu instead of a fresh install, will get Cairo Dock but it will not be enabled by default - to enable it, go to System > Preferences > Bottom Panel Chooser and select Dock.

The new version also features Jockey for installing proprietary video drivers and DuckDuckGo.com is now used as the default search engine in Fuduntu. Also, Jupiter, the once popular power management applet, has been removed from the default installation because, as you probably know, its development stopped and most of its features are now available in the Linux Kernel anyway..

Other updates included in Fuduntu 2013.1:
  • Kernel 3.6.9
  • Gimp 2.8.2
  • Thunderbird 17.0
  • Firefox 17.0 (not installed by default)
  • Chromium 23.0.1271.97
  • VLC 2.0.5
  • Xorg 1.12
  • WINE 1.5.18 (not installed by default)
  • QEMU 1.0.1 (not installed by default)