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.
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.
KDE Plasma 5
Fedora 22 base
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.
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.
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.
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 desktop is very simple, with just two icons, but it has the standard very crazy KDE 5 wallpaper.
Note: These settings depend highly on your environment.
All the settings are stored here.
Some of the software that is included by default on KDE.
- Kalgebra Mobile
- Libre Draw
- Font Manager
- Photo Layouts Editor
- Record My Desktop
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.