This is my first return to the wonderful world of OS Sunday and in looking around the realms of www.distrowatch.com for a suitable candidate to install and review I stumbled across an Australian Linux Distro called Korora. Usually I am not a big fan of Fedora based distros but this one looked intriguing as it enabled me to choose between several different desktops (Gnome, MATE, KDE, Cinnamon and XFCE) so I figured I would give MATE a whirl in a Virtual Desktop environment provided by a 20 GB HDD and 4GB Memory Virtual Machine leveraging the free power of Oracle’s VirtualBox Solution.
The 1.66 GB download seemed a bit heavy but as it was downloading via Torrent at a pretty good clip I took a spin around the Korora Website.
The layout and form and function of the Project Site very responsive and provided a great deal of high level project details. Instead of replicating the Support Functions of the Fedora site (99% of the Project is a fork of Fedora) they have chosen to only include how to’s for Upgrading the Distro and installing Oracle Java (which to say the least can be at times a challenge with some Distros). This actually makes sense because Fedora is a very well documented “flavor” of Linux and investing the time to create unique documentation would not make much sense for a small community project.
Once the download was complete though, it was time to configure and run the installation.
The installer was fairly unique in that it walked through the set up and had some problems recognizing the automatic partitioning but after a couple of clicks it was off to the races. All said and done to an active desktop in under 15 minutes and the initial boot took less than 30 seconds which is not too bad.
What I like most off the hop when it comes to the MATE desktop, is that it is a return to my roots of Linux use as it is a fork of the Gnome 2 Desktop environment that had me fall in love with Ubuntu back in 2005.
The default programs that come installed are both plentiful and complete:
- The GIMP
- Firefox (Browser)
- Deluge (Torrent)
- ClawMail (email)
- Filezilla (FTP)
- Pidgin (Instant Messenger)
- LibreOffice 188.8.131.52
- Planner Project Management
Sound and Video
- Audacity (Audio Production)
- OpenShot (Video Editor)
- RhythmBox (Audio Player)
- VLC (Video/Audio Player)
This is actually more than I was expecting from a Community Project like this but then I went looking to get a few other Apps that I consider must haves when it comes to a fresh install and then it became glaringly obvious why I am not a fan of Fedora based Distros…there was no simple way for me to locate Packages that I wanted to install, unless I knew the package name already until I clicked around and found the ability to sort by categories (which were blank) but I was able to sort it out by package size and found a few things that I could install.
Changing the settings within the Korora look and feel the way that I wanted it to was both easy and without any issue. The concept of Just working out of the box definitely applies.
- Easy to install (just 6 clicks and 15 minutes)
- Nearly complete distro with almost all of the needed apps to live with
- Clean interface and simple preferences menu
- Hard to add new apps
- Lacking full integration to the Repositories I am used to
It was a good basic Distro, with the capabilities that could be expected from a fork of a well established parent but as for long term use and making it my primary desktop…well I need far more freedom to allow for that and for that reason…I can not recommend Korora as a daily driver.