Community Fedora Remix 13.1 “Lucky 13”

Community Fedora Remix 13.1 “Lucky 13” live DVD/USB announcement

There are two basic guiding principle behind this Fedora Remix, first one is “beyond upstream” and “multimedia out of the box”, you can also think of it like Pimp My Ride version of Fedora 😉

To clarify a bit what “beyond upstream” means you have to know that Fedora is really close tied with upstream projects and Fedora developers won’t do anything that upstream doesn’t do, and “upstream only” mentality has lots good things going for it.

One of the deawbacks is that “upsteram only” makes for too conservative and old fashioned Desktop when look and feel of Desktop is concerned. Design of Fedora is great, I’m not talking about great artwork that Fedora Design team has made.

Fedora is just too closely tied to upstream and this is doesn’t allow much progress and experimentation on the look and feel side of things, that is why there are Remixes, because of this opportunity we decided to make an awesome looking Fedora Remix oriented for Desktop users.

This Fedora Remix is also very much influenced by Linux Mint and with its community.
For the impatient ones here are the the download links:
* bittorent
* direct http download
Feel free to contribute and join this project, this project eagerly awaits your fresh ideas about how Linux desktop should look and work. Join our mailing list.
Do you have any GNOME theme that you would like to see instead of default one? Are you a graphics artist willing to contribute?
How contribute?

– Ideas:
* Show some great GNOME themes
* Know some great app/tool that everybody should use?

– Designers:
* Design great new wallpapers, GNOME themes…
* Design out new web site

– Developers:
* Make new RPM packages
* Tweak kickstart file
* Tweak GNOME settings

– Web developers
* Help create new web site for this project
Community Fedora Remix 13 features and highlights:

* 100% compatible with Fedora
* GNOME enhancement with mintMenu and DockbarX
* Chromium Internet browser + Firefox
* Compiz Fusion compositing window manager
* multimedia support out of the box (mp3 playback)
* GNOME Do – intelligent application launcher (
* OpenOffice 3.2
* Inkscape, Blender and GIMP
* Evolution with native Exchange support (mapi)
* Thunderbird 3.0
* better hardware compatibility for broadcom wireless cards
* better games selection
* wireless security tools (aircrack-ng and kismet)
* Nautilus in browser mode by default
* enabled clicking via touchpad by default
* optimized iso image for 2GB usb
* many other enhancements

* Advanced users feel free to look into /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/ directory, you will find all files that were used to create this Fedora Remix.

* mintMenu and DockbarX
mintMenu and DockbarX are two GNOME panel addons that make this Linux distro unique and these are the most obvious features that you will encounter first time you login.

– If you would like to test only mintMenu and disable DockbarX type this into terminal window:
gconftool-2 –load /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/gconf2/one-panel-settings.xml

– For standard GNOME look & feel just type this into terminal:
gconftool-2 –load /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/gconf2/default-panel-settings.xml

– And again for full mintMenu + DockbarX desktop this is the magic key:
gconftool-2 –load /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/gconf2/one-panel-settings-dockbarx.xml
If you have any suggestion on how to make this Fedora Remix better and to get involved feel free to join us and make this Fedora Remix even better.

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60 Responses to Community Fedora Remix 13.1 “Lucky 13”

  1. Taljurf says:

    As soon as i’m done with downloading f13 i’ll get this
    well done man!!!

  2. habtool says:

    I would love to add DockbarX to my standard F13, is there a repo that I can add to get the rpm?


    • valent says:

      RPM is located in /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/rpm but it is also very easy to install from source because it is python code so there is no compile.

      • habtool says:

        Thanks for your help.
        (have community installed on a spare partition, its running great so far.)

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  5. Antman says:

    Wow…. I have been waiting on a Fedora/Mint remix.
    I just put it on my USB flash and it runs great!!

    Gonna install it on several of my machines!!
    Great WORK!!


  6. im seeding it for you!!

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  8. Mode says:

    My comment is written using F13 Live USB on Dell Inspiron 😀 but when i tried on my Dell Vostro (Broadcom wireless card) and F13 still could not detect the wireless card automatically like the Inspiron 😦 It is not like what you mentioned – * better hardware compatibility for broadcom wireless cards

    • valent says:

      Strange, but on all laptops that have broadcom and stock F13 didn’t work this Remix worked, but still I can’t test on laptops that I don’t have access to 😦
      If you provide more feedback what is the exact model of broadcom and what driver it uses I can make sure that it works for next release out of the box.

      • Mode says:

        I almost got mix up between F13 & FR 13 😀 . I downloaded and test it on my Dell vostro and the wireless (broadcom chipset) detect and run perfectly. Thanks again on this FR 13.

  9. Steve B says:

    Love the Remix.
    Have one issue. The key(s) for y and z are mixed up. Is this easily fixed and if so, how? Would like to make this my everyday distro.

    • valent says:

      Just to go Menu, Control Center, Keyboard and choose US keyboard, sorry for that, in next version this will be set by default.

  10. Scott Dowdle says:

    I love remixes. I have my own… BUT the name on this REMIX is inappropriate. You have Fedora in the name, you have Community in the name. It makes it sound as if it is an official product of the Fedora Project and that is unfortunate.

    Perhaps you would consider a name change?

    • valent says:

      Please look at older posts on this blog, current name is only a temporary one, I’m looking for a new name, hopefully soon new name will be chosen. Do you have any proposals?

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  12. Howard.S says:

    Hey if you need a website designed I can help out!!
    Also..does this use the new Gnome 3 like Fedora 13 ?

  13. Howard.S says:

    also is this 64bit or 32bit?

    • valent says:

      This is 32bit, there is a plan to also make 64bit when more people get involved.
      Could you please join out mailign list so we can continue the conversation there? Blog comments aren’t the best way to do so 😉

  14. Mitchell says:

    Does it have built-in drivers for rt3572 or rt3070 based USB WiFi?

    • valent says:

      Nope, I don’t see there is a package for it yet in RPM Fusion repos 😦
      But it is not a big deal to download it and install it manually –
      I would suggest that you go to RPM Fusion mailing list and ask politely so that guys make a RPM package from these drivers, then I can include it in the next release.

  15. andy says:

    In paragraph 4:
    {One of the deawbacks is that “upsteram only”} should read: One of the drawbacks is that “upstream only”

  16. waszum says:

    Can I install proprietary Ati drivers on the Lucky 13 version, and do they work? I have heard rumors that Fedora 13 does not work with Ati proprietary drivers (and I don’t like the Radeon OpenSource ones)

    • valent says:

      I don’t have ATI hardware so can’t tell you, look around and fedora users mailing list, that is your best bet and ask other ATI Fedora users.

  17. Travelinrob says:

    So, I installed this remix. But, I have some issues:

    1. I don’t know if I did something wrong during the install, but it does not default to the layout of the live CD. I realize I can tweak it to try to reproduce the live layout, but shouldn’t I not have to? If I add the mintMenu to the panel the mintMenu directory of the live CD is nowhere to be found. Therefore, the icon is missing. Also, on the live CD, the open apps icons on the panel seemed to work like Windows 7 and I don’t know how to reproduce that.

    2. It says I have updates to install. But, when I try to install them, it says something isn’t signed. When I try to force it with the admin password it accepts it, starts to download dependencies and then just asks me again in an endless loop. Therefore, I cannot install the updates.

    Any suggestions?


    • valent says:

      The default with mintMenu and DockbarX reverts back to default Fedora GNOME menues, but this will be fixed in next release. You are right, it shouldn’t be that way, sorry.

      The update issue I’m not sure why is happening but please try to make first update from the command line:
      su –
      yum update

      Thank you for your feedback.

      • Travelinrob says:

        Here’s what I get:

        Transaction Summary
        Install 3 Package(s)
        Upgrade 151 Package(s)

        Total size: 257 M
        Is this ok [y/N]: Y
        Downloading Packages:

        Package v8-2.2.12-1.20100527svn4747.fc13.i686.rpm is not signed

      • valent says:

        Could we continue this discussion on out mailing list, it is more appropriate. Do you have google account?

        I think I have found a solution to this issue.

    • D says:

      Same issue. CD interface is different from installed interface. Again, when I boot up from netbook (using usb), strange phenomena happen. It doesn’t show the default applications.It seems to me that Fedora needs more work to do.

      • valent says:

        I didn’t know that there needs to be two places where to specify gnome settings, once is for live system and other is for installed system. This is fixed for next release, sorry for this issue.

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  19. Corey says:

    Install went well but lost the mint menu after registration for some reason. Also what is the dock bar?

    • valent says:

      Yup, that is a bug 😦
      For full mintMenu + DockbarX desktop this is the magic key just copy/paste it to your terminal:
      gconftool-2 –load /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/gconf2/one-panel-settings-dockbarx.xml

      • Corey says:

        thanks! I did so and it appears to work. but the menu does’nt look exactly as it did upon first install. (No little gnome footprint next to menu)(not a big deal!) Have another quick issue regarding updates. I have updated using su – yum update but software center is still prompting me of 135 available updates and it is prompting me for root password on each update. Is there a way around this? I really don’t want to type password 135 times!

      • valent says:

        Thanks for reporting this, I would love if you would join our mailing list.
        For update there is a fix on mailing list, just look for it – “Update loop issue”
        And for fixing mintMenu just load mintMenu config file via:
        gconftool-2 –load /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/gconf2/mintMenu.xml

        This is also fixed for next release.

  20. D says:

    I am sorry, I don’t understand to fix the Linux Mint looks interface.I am very new to Fedora. Do I need to type something in terminal like Ubuntu/Linux mint or just copy and paste to terminal the following line?
    gconftool-2 –load /usr/share/community-fedora-remix/gconf2/one-panel-settings-dockbarx.xml

    I directly copy, paste, hit enter-nothing happens!

  21. Ajay says:

    Just found your community now. Great Remix! Haven’t tried it out yet but I use a very similar panel design (i.e. Single panel with Mint Menu, DockbarX and GNOME Do). I have just one small issue. During startup, I find the mintMenu to take quite a bit of time to load (And this slows down the entire panel loading process). Would you mind helping me out with this issue? Thanks!

    I already have Goddard installed on my PC (Just did it recently and installed all the packages I need and I don’t want to do it again till Fedora 14 comes out).

  22. Corey says:

    multimedia works better than Ubuntu 10.04!!!

  23. Hi, it’s a really nice post! I like reading it.
    Keep up the good work!

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  25. Tine says:

    Nice release, works fine.
    I have only one suggestion.

    Please include system-config-language in the next release!

  26. Hvala!
    This is great. I am a long time Fedora user and I have been struggling recently with configuring my Eee PC netbook. The wireless card has always been a pain and it has been conflicting with recent updates.

    Now, the wireless is set up automatically with this remix. I do not have to do anything more than the default installation.

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  29. bamdad says:

    i just wanted to say that i love you guys, you are awesome. thank you. i’ll familiarise myself a bit more with fedora, and i’ll try to contribute.

    keep on showing the world that fedora rocks.

  30. nmarques says:

    * Nautilus Elementary ->
    * MagIcons ->
    * Some sort of icons for status bar close to the design of ubuntu-mono-light(/dark).

    Try to bring some innovation in launching some projects @fedora hosted for icons and artwork to be developed. Try to provide a solid and hooky Design theme that translates the concepts and ideas behind your project, in other words, foment and support the creation of your own visual identitity!

    • valent says:

      These are great ideas but unless some new contributors join in for look&feel part for Fusion Linux I can’t do that myself, do you want to join?

  31. Corey says:

    When’s the next release due out?

  32. Ikem says:

    Better to list first the features, then the download links.

  33. Ikem says:

    > One of the _deawbacks_ is that “_upsteram_ only” makes for too conservative and old fashioned Desktop when look and feel of Desktop is concerned.

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