Hands on with Korora 19 'Bruce'

Hands on with Korora 19 'Bruce'

Summary: Hot on the heels of Fedora 19 comes this everything-including-the-kitchen-sink derivative.


I'm not even sure it is right to say "hot on the heels" of Fedora, because the release of Korora 19 came so close behind Fedora 19. 

As far as I can tell they were released on the same day, and their release announcements are consecutive on Distro Watch.  I see this as a testament of the hard work put in by the Korora developers, and the fact that Fedora 19 had a smooth development cycle and was pretty stable for quite a while before it was released.

Installing Fedora 19: What's new?

Installing Fedora 19: What's new?

Installing Fedora 19: What's new?

Korora is the "everything is in here" derivative of Fedora. One of the things that Fedora gets knocked for is the lack of some popular features and packages (let's not get into a discussion of the why and why not); if anything, Korora has gone to the other extreme, and the base distribution includes lots and lots (and lots) of packages. 

The difference can be seen in: the size of the Live distribution images (Fedora is under 1GB, and Korora is over 2GB); the size of the initial installed systems (Fedora is about 3GB, and Korora is well over 7GB); and in the length of time it takes to install (Fedora takes about 10 to 15 minutes, while Korora takes more like a half hour). 

But most importantly, the difference can be seen in the use of the system. If you really want something, and it is reasonably popular (or sometimes less than reasonably), the chances are that it will be included in the Korora base installation. Check the Release Announcement for a list of some major examples — here, I will just say that the things which I specifically mentioned in my recent Fedora 19 write-up are all included in Korora.

There are four ISO images available from the Korora Downloads page: 32-bit and 64-bit each for Gnome and KDE systems. I wanted to install the KDE version (I have Fedora Gnome installed, so I wanted the other one), but when I first tried to download it yesterday, it always gave me the Gnome image, no matter what I chose. 

That problem seems to be fixed today, so if you were tearing your hair out yesterday, it's safe to try again now. 

The images are hybrid ISO format, so you can dd them to a USB stick to create a bootable installation medium — but beware of the size, the stick has to be larger than 2GB.  Once you get the Live system running, installation is exactly the same as previously described for Fedora, but takes about twice as long.

A word of warning: on UEFI systems, Korora 19 still uses the "fedora" name for its directory in the UEFI Boot partition. This means that if you are using UEFI boot, and you want to install both Fedora and Korora on the same system, you will have to take special precautions to prevent them from overwriting each others UEFI Boot information, and further to keep them both bootable. 

This is not terribly difficult to do, but I assume that the situation is rare enough (how many wackos like me can there be?) and the solution is complex enough that I won't go into it here. Leave a comment or drop me a line if you really need to do this and can't figure it out.

Once installed, Korora has worked flawlessly for me. Every system, every bit of hardware, every driver — they have all worked straight out of the box. If you're not into reading release announcements and such to find out what the differences are, just install it and then browse around in the menus a bit.  It includes a truly impressive array of pre-installed software, in every category.  If you make the effort to try it, you are likely to love it.


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J.A. Watson

About J.A. Watson

I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

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  • Hybrid ISOs are cool

    I wasn't going to start the Linux-versus-Windows shitfest, but I see someone else has beaten me to it. So here's my contribution: has Windows figured out hybrid ISOs yet?
  • Everyone forgets Gentoo

    One distro that never needs an upgrade is Gentoo. Why? It's simple - you can start the install from a very early version, get the baselayout from an online server (which autoinstalls with a tar xvjpf), update the package list from one of the mirrors and thenan emerge --rsync followed by an 'emerge -u world' and you have the latest stable version inside an hour

    All you need to do manually is set your locale, language preferences and IP info then go and emerge any apps you want (from a huge collection of desktops, browsers, utilities and so on. You don't even have to worry about dependencies - it gets all the necessary prerequisites automatically and, better still, it's all compiled automatically from source to suit YOUR arch
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    I decided several years ago that the 'upgrade marathon' is foolish for everyone. I even suggested that Clement Lefebvre get off the mouse-wheel and devote his hard work, outstanding talent, and passion to doing one release per year, with aperiodic upgrades (it appears to me that this rat race is beginning to take its toll on M. Lefebvre).

    When I jumped off, my solution is to install a Long-Term Release (LTS), and then, whenever the notiion strikes, to open the terminal and type

    sudo apt-get update && apt-get update

    Works like a charm.
    Never had any problems.

    As far as all you people who are screaming about having to know how to do what I just described, be assured that that is the MOST I know about the guts of Linux.

    If that's too hard, then remember what Henry Ford said:

    "If you think you can or you think you can't, you're correct."

    Warmest regards...

    The last comment's terminal command should have read

    sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

    Warmest regards...