Korora 20 is finally here and it brings a great opportunity for people to use the latest Gnome 3.10 out of the box and without having to install things like multimedia codecs and proprietary hardware drivers, or applications that are created in order to help people install these (oh yes, it is 2014 and we’re still writing these details).
For those of you who never heard of Korora before, it is a great distribution with a growing community of users and contributors that is based on Fedora, and aims in providing more software and all that not-available but needed tools that are nowhere to be found on Fedora’s default repositories. So, if you like Fedora and think it would be great for Linux newcomers after you tweak and tune it a bit, you should give Korora a try and see how it goes.
The latest version of Korora code named “Peach”, is obviously based on Fedora 20 and as you may expect it comes with the latest Gnome Shell 3.10.2 and all the corresponding versions of applications that go with it. One of the highlight additions regarding Gnome applications is the addition of the Software that now allows users to install and update their applications and utilities using a more “Gnomish” tool. It didn’t work in the virtual machine and in live mode though, but I suppose it works after installing the system.
No worries though, Yum Extender worked like a charm :)
As you probably noticed from the above screenshots, Korora comes with some extensions installed by default like the weather extension and a “Places” menu that provides access to frequently visited locations like pictures, documents, system etc.
Extensions are nice, but what is more time consuming is getting all those well-known and widely-used applications installed. Korora shined in the default app selection too, offering things like Handbrake, Openshot, Darktable, Audacity, Adobe reader, Chrome, VM manager and Deluge out of the box.
Getting some of these in Fedora would require the addition of non-official repositories that would often cause various issues with broken packages and unmet dependencies, or at least that was the case when I last used a stable Fedora.
Other important features found in version 20 are:
- Ability of the Network Manager to be able to configure bond master and bridge interfaces with commonly used options and recognize their existing configuration on startup without disrupting their operation.
- LVM has introduced thin provisioning technology, which provides greatly improved snapshot functionality in addition to thin provisioning capability. This change will make it possible to configure thin provisioning during OS installation.
- SSD Cache is updated thanks to the recent kernel to support (fast) SSD caching of (slow) ordinary hard disks.
Of course there is also the important fact that for the first time ever, Korora offers 5 different spins to please Gnome, Kde, Xfce, Cinnamon and Mate users which is indicative of the growing trend of the community around the project and also the fact that the website and forums were greatly refreshed (details that matter).
Nowadays, it is weirdly too complicated to use the latest and greatest Gnome complete with all its apps and utilities in most distributions. Thankfully, systems like Korora are still alive and well offering a great choice for those who don’t want to chastise themselves with semi-working, semi-automated systems and just need a graphic installer to get a system that will fulfill (most of) their needs out of the box. Give it a try!