Fuduntu 2012.4 Announced!
October 1, 2012 60 Comments
It’s that time again! The Fuduntu Team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Fuduntu 2012.4. This is the fourth quarterly release for 2012. Like all previous Fuduntu releases, this release follows our tradition of making small incremental distribution improvements that don’t sacrifice the stability of our Linux distribution. Existing Fuduntu users have already rolled up to 2012.4, as all of the updates available are released to our stable repository.
This release comes with several changes, new features, and improvements. There have been changes to the way TMPFS works. With this update, the management of TMPFS mount points has been optimized. Several mount points have been mounted under /run to reduce disk I/O, increasing speed and battery life.
In addition, an install memory bug has been corrected. This will allow installation of the 32-bit OS on only 384MB of RAM and the 64-bit on 512MB. Sudo can now be enabled during the first boot, rather than having to manually edit the sudoers file. We have also included Elmer, a new welcome screen.
Jupiter 0.1.6 is included in this release, allowing for restore on resume from standby and updates to power management.
In addition to the technical changes, there have also been some aesthetic changes. 2012.4 debuts a new default theme for Fuduntu, as well as a new wallpaper. The default wallpaper is an attempt to bring a more aesthetically pleasing look to the desktop from first boot.
Mono is no longer included with the default installation. All Mono dependencies have been shed in order to provide a Mono-free default install.
This release also comes with new program defaults. LibreOffice, GIMP, and Thunderbird are now all included from install. In addition, VLC has replaced Banshee as the default audio program as well as the default video program.
Major Programs Included in this Release:
- Kernel 3.4.10
- Chromium 21.0.1180.89
- Thunderbird 15.0
- LibreOffice 22.214.171.124
- GIMP 2.8.2
This is a historical release for Fuduntu. This is the first release managed by the new leadership team. Since the team management changes in August, both the leadership and entire team have worked hard to bring this release together. Kudos especially go out to our exceptional packaging and development teams who made this release possible.
Fuduntu has gained several mirrors in recent months. Three mirrors were established in Japan through KDDI Research Labs and the research lab Riken. The Fuduntu team is very grateful for their support of Fuduntu.
Thanks to monetary and other contributions, we have been able to continue to fund hosting services as well as build a virtual server farm to better build and host Fuduntu packages. The capacity at http://packages.fuduntu.org have been expanded, increasing the ceiling to 4TB and has also added redundancy allowing for greater uptime.
Fuduntu has seen a spike in the community. Many people have switched to Fuduntu and traffic continues to grow. Currently, Fuduntu has an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 users and is seeing approximately 12TB of data movement per month across all mirrors between cycles with approximately 16-20TB during release months.
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