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While doing the cleaning I tested an old laptop which over a year ago looked like it had died finally though the laptop had gone through a repair from a large retail company who failed to repair it. I found it fired up and worked after a years rest much to myself and my partner surprise. It was one of he more pleasant surprises of this week we did not start off as well as we both expected.

So ceasing the opportunity and taking advantage of the laptop working, though how long it will last is anyone’s guess, and because it uses a Nvidia graphic card I thought I tried loading Fuduntu on it and after the second attempt it worked. The first attempt I had loaded on the incorrect Nvidia graphic driver which meant the machine failed to reboot. My mistake was to use the package Jockey to load the graphic driver rather than using the drivers provided by Fuduntu themselves.

So now once again I have a laptop which runs Fuduntu which frankly I am pleased about as it is one of my favourite Linux to use. Just hoping I do not break it and the laptop again.

A final comment Fuduntu once again showed that the common misconception that Linux is difficult to set up is frankly wrong as it worked out of the box and much like Windows the only major problem being the Graphic Drivers either produced by AMD/ATI and Nvidia who frankly should know better by now!

It was a sad day that I had to stop using of Fuduntu on my laptop all because of an AMD/ATI Catalyst Driver which made Fuduntu unusable on the laptop. But I suspect I am not only one who has had the same problem as it has always been the same problem with AMD/ATI Catalyst drivers of their graphic cards.

It seams that AMD, ATI before them, always have had problems with it’s stability of their Catalyst Graphic drivers between versions to a point some of the versions of the drivers simply will not work on certain machines. This has always made updating of the Catalyst driver, even on Linux computers, a difficult process which sometimes can result in a computer which simply does not work and needs to be reset to a previous state.

This has meant in the past, even on my Windows, computers I tend to only rarely update my AMD/ATI Catalyst drivers and tend to stick with a driver which works. The only time I would change the driver if the computer in question had to be reset completely.

Unfortunately Fuduntu bundled the Catalyst Driver with their Linux so the new AMD/ATI Catalyst drivers with the updates which after such an update managed to kill of my Fuduntu on my laptop in a rather spectacular way.

I know I could stop this update in Fuduntu but when I use a Linux I rather use a Linux which is the most update there is so I get the most out of it and my hardware. So sadly I have stopped using Fuduntu and replaced it with Linux Lite on the said laptop.

But even with the problems with Catalyst Driver, which frankly is something the creators of Fuduntu have no control over, I still highly recommend Fuduntu on the large majority of Computers especially for new users to Linux.

It has been a long hard journey to find a Linux which would work with the Lenovo Ideapad hardware but after weeks actual usage of the Linux it looks like I have found a stable and very usable Linux called Fuduntu.

Unlike Crunchbang Linux Fuduntu it is most definitely a Linux which can be used out of the box with little and no modification from the user themselves. Add to this the fact the desktop is very close to Windows including features like desktop short cuts and start like menu it would be very quick for a Window User to learn how to get around it.

What I like about Fuduntu is that they avoided the use of full Gnome 3 and Unity Desktops opting for much more user friendly desktop which is a nice mixture of the best of both Apple and Microsoft Desktops. In so much Fuduntu has resisted the temptation to modifying their desktop on a whim of a developer who thought it was an good idea at the time and taken the traditional user in to account.

On top of this add the fact that Fuduntu itself is a combination of two other Linuxes Ubuntu and Fedora which makes it a very usable Linux with the best of both Linuxes, best of two worlds.

I would really would recommend Fuduntu to those Microsoft Window users who would like to venture into the Linux without much relearning or culture shock due to the change. Add to this it ease of installation and set up after the installation especially with a very familiar desktop layout and menus.

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