Well, December 21 came and went with little fanfare. When the dust settled, the world didn’t end and the Fuduntu Team was told that they did, in fact, have to finish the 2013.1 release. So, after realizing that they weren’t going to get out of work, the team put their collective noses to the grindstone and are now proud to present Fuduntu 2013.1, the first quarterly release of the new year!
Okay, so the team has actually been working on this release for some time now, and quite a few things have happened since 2012.4. As always, existing Fuduntu users will have already rolled up to 2013.1 by this time, as all of the updates have been released to the stable repository. Now, let’s get started on the news!
For those with hardware that use proprietary drivers, one of the first things that will be noticed after install is Jockey, the program that checks hardware and presents the user with the proprietary driver(s) needed. An example of this would be graphics drivers for nVidia and AMD cards.
Since we’re on the topic of installation, we would like to point out that, by default, sudo is now enabled for all new installs.
Another noticeable thing will be the new dock. Unfortunately, AWN is no longer being maintained upstream and there are several bugs that have been left open. In addition, AWN will no longer build against the latest glib. After much discussion, the team decided to migrate to the Cairo dock. This is now installed by default.
For those that are upgrading from current installs, the new dock will install from normal updates but will not be enabled. To use the new dock after receiving fuduntu-cairo-dock in your updates, just go to System > Preferences > Bottom Panel Chooser and select Dock. To configure the Cairo dock, just right-click the dock, go to Cairo-Dock and choose Configure and have fun. For those that do move to Cairo, please remove avant-window-navigator and awn-extras-applets manually. The easiest way is with sudo rpm -e avant-window-navigator awn-extras-applets.
As many may have already seen, Jupiter development has been halted. Over the last two years, Jupiter has become redundant with upstream fixes. The last few things that remain have been forked, packaged as ktune, and will be installed by default.
Netflix! Netflix is now on Fuduntu. As stated in an earlier announcement, using the development tree of WINE and a new patch that allows for Silverlight to work in WINE, Netflix is now available on Fuduntu by simply installing netflix-desktop and then running it from Applications > Sound & Video > Netflix Desktop.
Steam recently announced that Steam for Linux is now in public beta. In addition to that, Valve has authorized us to distribute the Steam Linux package to our users and host it in our repositories. Our own m4t3us has posted about his experience in using Steam on Linux. After several years of the “Is Steam coming to Linux” questions, we can say “yes!” and our community can now install it themselves by installing the “steam” package.
As many people have seen, Enlightenment 17 has finally been released. While it will not be installed by default, it is available for install from the repositories by installing the fuduntu-enlightenment metapackage.
WINE has been upgraded to the 1.5 release, specifically 1.5.18. WINE 1.5.18 includes various fixes including, but not limited to: various Windows Codecs improvements, fixes for OLE database support, improvements to system parameters management, fixes to the built-in web browser, fixes for XML support and many various bug fixes. More about 1.5.18 can be read on the WINE website.
QEMU 1.0.1 is now available in the stable repository! So, for all of you out there that prefer QEMU for your virtualization goodness, it is now ready for install.
We are also happy to announce that we now have support for nVidia Optimus. This is done with the Bumblebee project which is now available in the stable repositories.
For a list of our featured packages, go to: http://fuduntu.org/featured.php
Also included in 2013.1:
The Fuduntu Team has been working hard as they continue to do what they can to make the desktop experience better for the community. As stated above, the team did survive December 21. Turns out, there are not ancient Mayans working for the team. Some of us still stand by the idea that December 21 should have been a holiday, but fewt disagreed. We hope that December 21 was uneventful for you all, too.
In addition, we would like to extend a Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to the entire Fuduntu community! Without you all, we would just be a bunch of nerds playing on computers!
Speaking of the community, we are proud to announce that Fuduntu has its first local community, based in Turkey. They currently have a site at http://www.fuduntu.org.tr and is managed by Baki Alpertürk (Project Leader), Onur Karataş (Jr. Project Leader), Behzat Abi (Project Coordinator), and Eren Kovanci (Technical Web Support) . They currently are working to translate the Fuduntu Wiki into Turkish, have their own forum and maintain an IRC channel on freenode. We welcome the Turkish local community and hope that they are the first of many.
Another major announcement is the partnership between Fuduntu and DuckDuckGo.com. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that values privacy and does not use filter bubbles, which are used to target people based on their search history. Like Fuduntu, DuckDuckGo cares about your privacy and does not track, identify, or log information of people who use the site. DuckDuckGo assisted Fuduntu with the integration of their search by working with us to develop patches for Chromium and Firefox that allows it to be the default search engine. However, changing your default to another search engine is still as easy as ever. Existing users will not see a default engine change to DuckDuckGo.
Fuduntu is starting to be picked up by various journalist and online magazines. In November, Fuduntu was highlighted on the Australian website, Techworld and was recently mentioned in an article on PCWorld’s website. Finally, for those that do not know yet, Fuduntu now has a Google+ community. You can join by going to https://plus.google.com/communities/109324348881008502486.
Try as we might, no piece of software is perfect. Due to that unfortunate fact, we have a wiki page dedicated to known issues in 2013.1 which can be accessed here.
Get your copy now!
The Fuduntu team has been busy. We’re working to bring the most stable, most user-friendly Linux desktop to our community every day and we’ll continue to do so. We are very proud of 2013.1 and all that we were able to get accomplished in the last few months to get it out to the users. Download your copy today, install it, and enjoy. And, now, you can add Netflix and Steam Beta to the things to enjoy doing with Fuduntu. We hope you’ll like it as much as we do!
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