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Old 08. Feb 2013, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I appreciate a lot of folks are quite happy running the mainstream distros such as Mint, Ubuntu and Fedora etc. Maybe you're like me though and prefer to support something a little less well known. This is all well and good of course providing that doing so doesn't lead to compromises in features and stability. In fact the reverse is often true and here are a few examples. Instead of Fedora look at Korora for KDE. If you like Mint MATE then look at Descent instead. If you like what everyone else did before they forced Gnome 3 upon us, then take a look at Solus. Finally, if you want everything, the kitchen sink and a choice of plugs in something that works and isn't bloated, then try AriOS. AriOS IMO is the best implementation so far of Gnome 3 but this still doesn't suite me. Instead, once you've installed it just download the Cinnamon desktop using Synaptic and you have another rival to Mint, and with more kit.

https://kororaa.org/
http://www.descentos.org/
http://solusos.com/
http://arioslinux.org/
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Old 08. Feb 2013, 11:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It seems there may be a good RedHat type distro called Fuduntu 2013.1. Based on Dedoimedo's favorable review I might try it myself.

Fuduntu 2013.1 review - Fedora done right + awesome!
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It seems there may be a good RedHat type distro called Fuduntu 2013.1. Based on Dedoimedo's favorable review I might try it myself.

Fuduntu 2013.1 review - Fedora done right + awesome!
My last flirt with Fuduntu was not that special although I accept what Dedoimedo says about the obvious improvements. Will be interesting to see how this compares with Solus, also using Gnome 2 in the stable version. IMO at this point and with distros like Mint and Descent doing such a great job with MATE, I also wonder what is now the point of Gnome2?

Do have a look at AriOS with Cinnamon though. It only takes a couple of minutes to install it into a live session (log out - log in using "arios" username + no password having selected "Cinnamon" for the session). On my machine it is snappier than Mint Cinnamon and more stable.

On some x64 machines, Conky might not fire up in which case commenting out this line like so....

${color white}Cpu: $cpu%
Core:#${hwmon 0 temp 1}C ()

...usually fixes it.


This is what my own rc file looks like having adapted it to suit my network and temperature settings, chopped out some stuff and altered the spacing to get everything to fit into the background better.

alignment top_right
background yes
cpu_avg_samples 2
default_color 000000
default_outline_color 000000
default_shade_color 000000
double_buffer yes
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders no
draw_outline no
draw_shades no
gap_x 15
gap_y 30
max_specials 1024
max_user_text 10000
maximum_width 100
minimum_size 300 400
net_avg_samples 2
no_buffers yes
override_utf8_locale yes
own_window yes
own_window_colour 000000
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type normal
pad_percents 2
short_units yes
stippled_borders 3
text_buffer_size 8000
total_run_times 0
update_interval 3.0
uppercase no
use_spacer right
use_xft yes
xftalpha 1

TEXT
${offset 8}${voffset 16}${font OldSansBlack:size=22}${color #232323}${time %I}${offset 12}${time %M}${font}
${font pftempestafivecondensed:size=6}


${color white}Cpu: $cpu%
Core: ${hwmon 0 temp 2}
Mem: $mem



HOME: ${fs_used_perc /home}%
FREE: ${fs_free_perc /home}%



CPU:${top cpu 1}%
${top name 1}
MEM:${top_mem mem 1}%
${top_mem name 1}



Dl: ${downspeed ppp0}
Ul: ${upspeed ppp0}

${image ~/.conky/BackPRO.png 115x63 -p -1,204}
${image ~/.conky/BackDISK.png 115x63 -p -1,138}
${image ~/.conky/Back.png 115x63 -p -1,6}
${image ~/.conky/BackSYS.png 115x63 -p -1,72}
${image ~/.conky/BackNET.png 115x63 -p -1,270}
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Oh well, Fuduntu doesn't recognize my mobile broadband so no improvement for me over the last version. They obviously don't want folks in Brazil to use it.
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Oh well, Fuduntu doesn't recognize my mobile broadband so no improvement for me over the last version. They obviously don't want folks in Brazil to use it.
I'm not sure if this will help but it makes sense to me. The network manager is just a piece of software and if the one you have doesn't work why not download one that does. It's a bit old but the principal should still apply that is if you have a way to download it

http://www.linux.com/news/enterprise...ions-in-ubuntu
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I'm not sure if this will help but it makes sense to me. The network manager is just a piece of software and if the one you have doesn't work why not download one that does. It's a bit old but the principal should still apply that is if you have a way to download it

http://www.linux.com/news/enterprise...ions-in-ubuntu
It's not the connection settings because what I need are included in their choices list, but hardware recognition. When the modems are plugged in (I have two different) neither are recognized. I've been down this road before with zillions of scripts trying to get these working and never managed it. Much easier to just use another distro.
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Oh well, Fuduntu doesn't recognize my mobile broadband so no improvement for me over the last version. They obviously don't want folks in Brazil to use it.
I tried it but couldn't connect to the net either.
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I tried it but couldn't connect to the net either.
My DSL configures fine but considering the cable is mostly down instead of up I regularly need the mobile broadband as backup. The weird thing is my ISP's details are already in the drop-down account selection so it must be the hardware recognition missing for the modem. I actually have two modems which are both the most widely used models in my part of the world so how come these details are not in the Fuduntu database beats me.
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From Fedora stable, only Kororaa/Korora could connect to the net successfully.
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Fuduntu is dead:

"... The team discussed several options and, ultimately, voted to end-of-life Fuduntu Linux. This decision was not made lightly but, ultimately, it is was the best option. In its current state, Fuduntu would be broken when we tried to move forward.

Beginning today, no new features will be implemented. The only exception are those features which are already being worked on. We will continue to provide bug and security fixes until the last day of support, however. 2013.3 will be the last release and September 30 will be the last official day of Fuduntu Linux ...":
http://www.fuduntu.org/blog/2013/04/...april-14-2013/
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