Korora 22 Review and Installation Guide

Fedora’s always been a popular distro but it’s never had the reputation of being a plug & play distro with lots of codecs and software. That’s what Korora is trying to fix. Korora is a spin on Fedora with the idea that the users do little or no work after the distro is installed.

Korora is a very diverse Desktop wise. It comes in MATE, Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, and Xfce. For this review, I’m going to be using my personal favorite, KDE.

KDE desktop with breeze dark

KDE desktop with Korora icons and Breeze Dark theme

Korora was born out of a desire to make Linux easier for new users, while still being useful for experts.

Originally based on Gentoo Linux in 2005, Korora was re-born in 2010 as a Fedora Remix1 with tweaks and extras to make the system “just work” out of the box.

Why Fedora? Lots of reasons!

Comparison to Fedora

Korora is a Fedora Remix, meaning it ships packages from the default Fedora repositories but also a number of other packages (often ones that Fedora cannot ship directly). We also make changes to the default system, whereas Fedora generally sticks to upstream. For new users, Fedora can be tricky because it doesn’t include many of the extras that users often need, things like media codecs and some proprietary software. This is one area where Korora can help.

Ultimately, we want people just like you to become useful members of the Fedora community and we hope that trying Korora will be a catalyst for this.

For a detailed look at how Korora differs to Fedora, see What’s Inside.

Whats New

Cinnamon 2.6

MATE 1.10

GNOME 3.16

KDE Plasma 5

Xfce 4.12

DNF

Fedora 22 base

Installation

You can get Korora 22 here (You have to select your flavor). After you have the ISO image (Weather by torrent or http) you have to burn it onto a DVD or a Flash Drive. In this tutorial we will use a DVD. A good image burning software on Linux is Brasero. After you have burned the disk, you have to boot from it. Next, insert your disk into your computer and power down. Then power up again and go into BIOS. Once there, select boot from DVD (Note: all BIOS are different based on your motherboard). You should now be booting into Korora! Korora uses Fedora’s Anaconda installer and they have a guide for installing, which you might want to check out here.

The installer should look somewhat like this.

The installer should look like this.

Personally, my install went without a hitch, other than the fact that it took about 1 hour after I set everything up. But bear in mind that I have used the Anaconda installer numerous times before and the amount of software that this distro comes with is huge.

The Desktop

As noted before, I chose KDE for my desktop environment. When you first boot up, you should see a welcome menu like this. It has links to all the changes, help and forums.

Welcome Dialouge

Welcome Dialouge

If you’ve ever used Fedora KDE you would recognize the look to be nearly the same! But it is quite different from OpenSUSE KDE or Manjaro KDE.

The Korora Menu

The Korora Menu

The desktop is very simple, with just two icons, but it has the standard very crazy KDE 5 wallpaper.

Korora Settings

Note: These settings depend highly on your environment.

Settings in korora

Settings Panel

All the settings are stored here.

Pre-Installed Software

Some of the software that is included by default on KDE.

  • Kdiff3
  • Help
  • Kstars
  • GnuOctave
  • Kalgebra
  • Cantor
  • Kalzium
  • Kalgebra Mobile
  • Rocs
  • Kturtle
  • Kgeography
  • Step
  • Blinken
  • Ktouch
  • Marble
  • Kmplot
  • Kig
  • Kbruch
  • Kwordquiz
  • Khangman
  • Kiten
  • Klettres
  • Kanagram
  • Parley
  • KMahjong
  • Kpatience
  • Kmines
  • AquireImages
  • DNGconverter
  • Okular
  • Libre Draw
  • Expoblending
  • Font Manager
  • GIMP
  • Scanlite
  • Gwenview
  • KoulorPaint
  • Panorama
  • Photo Layouts Editor
  • DigiKam
  • Showfoto
  • Camso
  • Ksnapshot
  • Inkscape
  • Darktable
  • KcolorChooser
  • Kruler
  • Ktorrent
  • Kget
  • Akregator
  • Konversation
  • Linphone
  • Kmail
  • Knetattach
  • Knode
  • KRDC
  • FireFox
  • Konquerer
  • AMZdownloader
  • Amarok
  • Kid3
  • Ksc3
  • K3B
  • VLC
  • Handbrake
  • Record My Desktop
  • Audactity
  • Kdenlive
  • Kmix
  • DragonPlayer

And that was only about a third of all the preinstalled software!

As you can see Korora definitely comes with a good selection of software! Korora really goes by its word for not needing any more additional packages or software after installation! Korora is fedora for the user who doesn’t want to start with a base system.

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