Fuduntu Changelog

New in version 2013.2

April 8th, 2013
  • This release comes with many improvements, including many bug fixes, new features/apps, and other news items. As usual, existing Fuduntu users have already rolled into 2013.2.
  • New Features:
  • As Fuduntu has grown, so has the default install. To help those who may want a lighter install, especially for netbooks, we now include a light version. Users of the Fuduntu Lite will notice several programs that are normally installed by default, including LibreOffice, GIMP, and Thunderbird, are not installed. Fuduntu Lite scales down Fuduntu to a base install, allowing for more customization. The light version uses about 3-4 GB less hard drive space, depending on architecture.
  • This last quarter saw a rise in the amount of user-requested programs that have been packaged and placed in the repositories. Significantly, XBMC, the popular media center developed by the XBMC Foundation is now available. In addition, LibreOffice has now been updated to LibreOffice 4.
  • Gaming on Fuduntu continues to get better. As many may have seen, the number of games available on Steam has increased. In addition, the updated Mesa library allows for users to play more games (including games such as Half-Life and Counter-Source) without having to install proprietary drivers. We are currently setting up a new YouTube channel to showcase Fuduntu gaming videos.
  • Also included in 2013.2:
  • Kernel 3.8.3-3
  • Gimp 2.8.4
  • Thunderbird 17.0.4
  • Firefox 19.0.2
  • Chromium 25.0.1364.172
  • LibreOffice: 4.0.1.2
  • Team/Community:
  • Fuduntu has welcomed several new team members which has greatly helped the project to grow faster. With the help of these new team members, we have packaged 75 new user-requested applications, including Octave, Clementine and Musescore.
  • The team welcomes Shawn Dunn, Mark van Tinteren, and Andrew Pyle. Shawn has been working on bringing KDE to Fuduntu and will be working with the devs and packagers to provide a Fuduntu KDE spin. Mark has worked with Copy.com and has obtained permission to package and distribute the Copy.com client. In addition, he has been working very close with Andrew Wyatt, as well as the rest of the team, on bug fixes this cycle.
  • Andrew Pyle has been working with Pedro Mateus on Fuduntu gaming and has begun making videos showcasing gaming on Fuduntu. Together, they have started a new Youtube channel, FuduntuArcade. Also busy was Sean Thames who has been busy redesigning the site over spring break.
  • Also helping with those packages is our new build farm. The new servers have allowed for more packages to be built at one time. In addition, the new servers have i5-3470 processors and 16GB of RAM, allowing virtualized servers to get builds done much quicker. The new build farm, along with the new packagers, have really helped the team get more programs out there in a much quicker way.
  • Fuduntu continues to see more attention from the media and 2013.1, especially, highlighted how the distro is coming along and was covered by many new people and outlets. Overall, reviewers have spoken well of Fuduntu and helped to get the name out there to the Linux world. The Fuduntu Team strives to keep delivering the most stable Linux distro there is. We are also committed to listening to the community and doing what we can to take care of Fuduntu users everywhere.

New in version 2013.1 (January 7th, 2013)

  • Kernel 3.6.9
  • Gimp 2.8.2
  • Thunderbird 17.0
  • Firefox 17.0
  • Chromium 23.0.1271.97
  • VLC 2.0.5
  • Xorg 1.12

New in version 2012.4 (October 1st, 2012)

  • New Features:
  • 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 3.6.1.2
  • GIMP 2.8.2
  • Team:
  • 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.
  • Hosting:
  • 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.
  • Community:
  • 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.

New in version 2012.3 (July 2nd, 2012)

  • Kernel 3.4.4
  • Chromium 19.0.1084.56
  • Firefox 13.0.1
  • Thunderbird 13.0.1
  • LibreOffice 3.5.4.2
  • GIMP 2.8
  • Pidgin 2.10.4
  • Grub2 2.0-0.27
  • VirtualBox OSE 4.1.16 New Package!
  • GCC 4.6.3
  • Infinality Freetype 2.4.10
  • WINE 1.4.1

New in version 2012.1 (January 10th, 2012)

  • Linux Kernel 3.1.6
  • Chromium 16
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.1.102.55

New in version 14.12 (November 8th, 2011)

  • Kernel 3.0.7
  • Xorg 1.11.1
  • Flash 11
  • Remmina is now our default remote access software replacing Vinagre

New in version 14.10 (June 19th, 2011)

  • Included in this release:
  • Linux kernel 2.6.39.1
  • Adobe Flash 10.3
  • Chromium 12
  • Shotwell 0.10.1
  • EXT4 is now our default filesystem during installation
  • Support for nVidia (akmod-nvidia), and ATI** (akmod-catalyst) proprietary drivers
  • A tool to help simplify customizing your installation
  • A Theme refresh, correcting several bugs and streamlining the look and feel.
  • New background choices
  • New tweaks to improve Flash playback
  • Bug fixes
  • As always, the quarterly patch rollup
  • Default Applications (for new installations only):
  • Chromium 12
  • Google Mail
  • Empathy
  • Google Docs
  • Banshee
  • VLC

New in version 14.10 RC (May 24th, 2011)

  • Linux kernel 2.6.39
  • Adobe Flash 10.3
  • EXT4 is now the default filesystem
  • Support for nVidia (akmod-nvidia), and ATI (akmod-catalyst) proprietary drivers
  • A tool to simplify customizing your installation (System - Preferences - Customize your Installation)
  • A Theme Refresh
  • New tweaks to improve Flash playback
  • Bug fixes
  • Patch Rollup

New in version 14.7 (December 14th, 2010)

  • Default Font rendering changed from 'Subpixel Smoothing' to 'Best Shapes'
  • Moved Firefox Cache to /tmp to improve flash performance out of the box
  • Removed SELinux policies, as SELinux is not enabled out of the box
  • Added a macro to /etc/rpm to ensure documentation is not installed during updates
  • Adobe Flash now installed by default
  • Fluendo MP3 Codec now installed by default
  • NTFS (ntfs-3g) support now installed by default
  • Fuduntu Tweaks package now configured to run only once after install
  • Inkscape, and Revelation no longer installed by default