02 Jun

Linux Distro To Try: Korora Project

Korora was born out of a desire to make Linux easier for new users, while still being useful for experts. The main goal of Korora is to provide a complete, easy-to-use system for general computing. Originally based on Gentoo Linux in 2005, Korora was re-born in 2010 as a Fedora Remix with tweaks and extras to make the system “just work” out of the box.

Korora Project represents:

Innovation

Innovation and invention are key precepts of Korora. Efficiency, elegance and empowerment drive our development processes.

Community

The Korora community is a tight-knit group of users and contributors providing testing, development, support and feedback. All are welcome.

Security

Security is essential. Korora is hardened with mandatory access control, stack smash protection, buffer overflow detection, variable reordering and much, much more.

Choice

With a robust collection of software repositories, there are well over 30,000 unique packages for you to choose from.

Freedom

Korora is 100% free. Copy and distribute as you see fit. In fact, we encourage it. The full sources to all of our packages are available on GitHub.

Latest Update for Korora is ‘Coral’, which is Korora 23.

The Korora Project has released version 23 (codename “Coral”) which is now available for download.

Existing 23 beta users do not need to re-install, just keep installing regular updates.

For the last three months we have been waiting for the RPMFusion repositories to be declared stable before releasing Korora 23. These community packages provide support for things that Fedora doesn’t normally ship, like multi-media codecs and proprietary kernel drivers. Normally, the stable RPMFusion repositories are available a few weeks after a Fedora release, however the community has moved to new infrastructure and this has caused some delays.

The RPMFusion testing repositories have been quite stable for the Korora 23 beta however, so we have decided to ship Korora 23 with them anyway. Once available, Korora 23 systems will use the RPMFusion stable repositories automatically.

As usual, you can find a list of already known problems at the common F23 bugs page.

Coral, a special name

Sadly, core developer Jim (ozjd) Dean’s mother passed away a few months ago. Her name was Coral and out of respect for Jim we have decided to name this release in her memory. It fits the Korora tradition perfectly, as Coral is also the name of Nemo’s mum in Finding Nemo.

Features

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Cinnamon 2.8

This new release of Cinnamon includes lots of refinements. Refer to the Cinnamon Release Announcement for more details.

korora-gnome-apps

GNOME 3.18

GNOME 3.18 brings Google Drive integration in Files, automatic screen brightness and Touchpad gestures. GNOME 3.18 also has improved support for the Wayland compositor. Refer to the GNOME Release Announcement for more details.

korora-kde-apps

KDE Plasma 5.5.4

A modern, stable desktop environment, KDE Plasma 5.5.4 sees a large number of improvements including better dpi support and improved memory use plus many bug fixes. Refer to the KDE Plasma Announcement for more details.

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Mate 1.12

This release mainly focused on bug fixes and improving support for GTK3. Refer to the Mate Release announcement for more details.

Xfce 4.12

This release mainly focused on polishing the desktop and improving the user experience in various ways. Refer to the Xfce Tour for more details.

But wait, there’s more …

Derived from Fedora 231, Korora benefits from Fedora’s long tradition of bringing the latest technologies to open source software users.

A complete list with details of each new inherited feature is available at the Fedora 23 Change Set page.

Korora Project can be downloaded at: https://kororaproject.org/download

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