Korora 18: A screenshot tour

Korora 18: A screenshot tour

Summary: Korora is based on Fedora, but comes with lots and lots (and lots) of additional packages — here's my screenshot gallery of the desktops and contents.


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    Korora Gnome

    The Distro Deluge that I wrote about a few weeks ago is continuing, with the release of Korora 18 last week and Debian 7.0.

    For those who might not be familiar with it, Korora is based on Fedora, but with lots and lots (and lots) of additional packages included in the base installation. That makes it a particularly interesting distribution.

    There are four ISO images available, for Gnome 3 and KDE desktops in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

    The images are large (1.6GB for Gnome, 2.2GB for KDE), but they are still hybrid ISO images, so you can dd them to a USB stick, or burn them to DVD media. They support both "normal" BIOS and UEFI BIOS, and Secure Boot.

    On UEFI systems, there is one small quirk I've noticed: The directory where the EFI boot files are installed is still called "fedora", so in the unlikely event that you are installing Korora on a system where Fedora is already installed (or the other way around), they will overwrite each other unless you do something to prevent that.

    The installation procedure is identical to installing Fedora 18, using anaconda, so check my previous post about installing Fedora 18 for complete details and screenshots of that.

    Because of the large amount of software that is installed, the process takes about an hour, which is considerably longer than most other distributions. According to the release announcement, there were no significant problems reported with the last beta images, so the release images are in fact the same ones, simply renamed for the final version.

    This has one side effect that you need to keep in mind: They really need the latest updates.

    As soon as you have booted the installed system, the first thing to do is configure the network, and then get all the latest updates. There will be more than 600 updates to install, which will probably take another hour or so, but they are definitely worth it.

  • (Image: Screenshot by JA Watson/ZDNet)

    Gnome menu

    I installed the Gnome 3 version on my Acer Aspire One 725, which has an AMD C-70 dual-core CPU, Radeon HD 7290 graphics with 1,366x768 resolution on an 11.6-inch display, Realtek wired network, and Broacom 4313 wireless network adapter.

    There were absolutely no problems with the installation; all of the hardware was recognized and configured automatically, and worked flawlessly.

    The screenshot above shows the Gnome 3 applications menu, which gives a first glimpse of the variety of software that is included pre-installed in the Korora 18 distribution.

  • (Image: Screenshot by JA Watson/ZDNet)

    Korora KDE

    I installed the KDE version on my Acer Aspire One 522, which has an AMD C-60 CPU, Radeon HD 6290 graphics, and 1,024x600 resolution with a 10.1-inch screen, and Atheros wired and wireless network adapters.

    This was where I saw the first major difference in using the Gnome and KDE distributions. Even though I had loaded the Gnome version on a more powerful system, the performance of the KDE version on this netbook was noticeably better.

    The screenshot above shows the default KDE desktop. While there is certainly no problem with its performance on this system, I prefer the KDE netbook desktop on this kind of system. So I go to System Settings > Workspace Behaviour > Workspace > Workspace Type and choose "Netbook" from the drop-down list.

Topics: Linux, Laptops, Open Source, Operating Systems

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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  • Um...

    That jut looks like a sea of small icons.
  • Nice; informative. Not so nice: powerpoint presentation.

    Ordinarily, I reject "slide-show" articles out-of-hand (please tell your editors that there is nothing 'cutesy' or compelling about such a format. To the contrary, it is right down at the bottom along with powerpoint presentations of the grandkids last summer). This format requires work on the part of the reader out of all proportion to any metric your editors might choose as an excuse for its use.

    However: since I read material of yours which I would never read if it had someone else's byline, I gave this a shot. I'm glad I did.
    You had me hooked at the third 'slide' and its narrative regarding KDE, and the netbook mode.
    You've mentioned this KDE mode several times before (I TOLD you I read your work), and now it's time for me to take your advice; after all, your writings are the reason I use Mint.
    Question: I own an Acer A0751h with a Z520 Atom processor. Would Korora KDE netbook bog the machine down? Perhaps I should go with Mint KDE/Netbook?
    Many thanks for another good, insightful article.
    Warmest regards...

    (once again, tell the power brokers...)
  • Netbook desktop / Galleries

    I don't think the latest version of KDE netbook would bog down an Atom Z520, but you would have to try it to be sure - fortunately, it is very easy to switch between the standard KDE desktop and the netbook desktop, so it is easy enough to test. My own experience has been that on things like AMD C-50 and C-60 systems, the netbook desktop is noticeably slower to start on boot, but once it is up there is no significant difference in performance compared to the standard KDE desktop, and it is actually faster and more pleasant to use than Gnome 3, because of the significant delay I mentioned in getting the Gnome launcher/application menu.

    As for Slideshow (Gallery) format, I can't blame anyone but myself for that, it was my choice. If I write something with a lot of screen shots it tends to make a very long article which requires a lot of scrolling, and it seems like most people today prefer things to be more "right in front of you face". Thanks for the opinion, I will consider it with future posts.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.