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Linux for 64bit media & gaming ready PCs built from Fedora

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Chapeau is a remix of the popular multi-purpose GNU/Linux distribution Fedora.

Chapeau takes the work out of running Fedora as a desktop operating system by including software that the Fedora Project cannot include in the Fedora base.

From the first boot of the live image Chapeau supports rich media and integrates third-party software sources and popular plugins & applications without tainting the simplicity & elegance of the Fedora's default Gnome desktop experience.

Chapeau also includes extra tools that makes your live DVD or USB disk a portable toolkit for repairing Linux and Windows installations.

Chapeau is available for 64bit x86 PCs.

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  • Derived from Fedora 20
  • Gnome 3.10 desktop environment
  • Installable live boot image for USB disks & DVDs
  • Steam
  • VLC (replaces Totem)
  • Gnome Music & Rhythmbox
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Dropbox integration
  • PlayOnLinux & Wine
  • Media codecs
  • DVD playback support (libdvdcss)
  • LibreOffice
  • Shotwell, Darktable & UFRaw photography applications
  • GIMP (single window mode by default)
  • Bijiben (replacing Gnote)
  • Pharlap (proprietory driver helper application from the Korora project)
  • MPRIS media player integration into Gnome 3
  • 'Caffeine' Gnome extension quickly toggles Gnome's screensaver & power saving features
  • Built-in support for syncing Garmin GPS devices with 'Garmin Connect'
  • Gnome Software & Yumex
  • Gnome Disks & Gparted
  • Gnome Boxes (create & manage virtual machines and remote host connections)
  • Qemu & KVM virtualisation ready to go
  • Clam AV (usable from the live image)
  • Broadcom chipset support
  • Advanced system tools (screen, tmux, testdisk, chntpw, htop, iotop, powertop, stress and more)
  • Support for 7zip & RAR archives
  • Core packages to ease the installation of new kernel modules (kernel-devel, kernel-headers, gcc, akmod)
  • RPMFusion software sources preconfigured
  • Google Chrome software source preconfigured
  • VirtualBox software source preconfigured

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  • lsatenstein
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    Go for it Chapeau is a clean stable well puttogether distribution. Good to replace XP and more. Even though I have two eyes,I use three or 4 computers concurrently. Today, I purged another distribution from my main computer and began the Chapeau installation. Chapeau is available from Chapeau is a Fedora Spin / Remix. It is Fedora20 with a bunch of added packages, presented as a (installable) live Image. The live image booted the as one would expect, and I saw little difference from what I had installed using another Fedora Remix. Nevertheless, I did want to be fair, and do a fair evalutation. Chapeau was installed as using live image version to disk.. Gnome is the GUI interface. While that installation was going on, I went to my second computer system and started working on my interests. After about an hour, I returned to reboot the installed Chapeau distribution. It was the Fedora20 Remix with VLC and many other favourite packages as listed above. I started a yum update, and saw that there would be around 800 updates. This meant that with dsl and 1meg bytes download / second, I should continue on the second computer. When it finished installing the updates, I rebooted the Chapeau system....(after that massive download, I performed a second sudo yum update for a second 770 updates. So far, the system is just fine, I will be trying the applications that Chapeau chose, that I did not already have installed on my "production" distribution. It looks just great. One thing that worked for me was the ability to set the EuroSymbol to the level 3 of the E key and the Yen symbol the the Y key (at level 3). My changes that I always do are: Start Firefox and bring in all my bookmarks (search United and install USA English dictionary, Search French and Install French Dictionary and Search and install the Spanish Dictionary). setup thunderbird and/ evolution sudo visudo and uncomment the line beginning # wheel .... nopasswd by removing the # This is what I find a great convenience. Install my printer (brothers duplex USB port laser printer). setup Dropbox change hostname to Chapeau.Leslie run the gnome tweaktool and visit the Gnome Shell Extensions to install a few additional tweaks.(Drop Down Terminal, Places, mini todo list, Taskbar) Configure Gnome Taskbar, tweak edit the keyboard definition /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/ca to add EuroSign and yen symbols € ¥ as other currencies to the $ and £ and ¢ after all the updates, anytime I plan to run a "grub2-mkconfig" I take a backup cp /boot/grub2/grub.cfg /boot/grub2/grub.bak and I redo the grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg Create a normal user "Chapeau". The Gnome system does not allow you to identify which system you are connected to, until you successfully log in. reboot and write this up. All in all, Chapeau is what I expected it to be, a very well put together Spin. I would recommend it. I will present a second comment in a week, as I like what I have and will set Chapeau to be the default. A Chapeau (in English) is a hat. I would have called it Chapeau-Rouge

    Posted 05/02/2014
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