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"The second release of Kororaa 15 has been released. Version 15.1 is available for download in 32-bit and 64-bit variants with KDE 4.6 and GNOME 3. This release includes a number of fixes and enhancements: fixed KDE crash in live mode (prelink wasn't properly disabled); fixed Kdenlive bug which stopped it from running; fixed KPackageKit crash in live mode; bypass the login screen and load straight to desktop; disable screensaver and locked screen in live mode; renamed desktop switcher to 'Switch between Shell and Fallback desktops'; added Google Talk plugin repository for easy installation; added a wrapper package for Skype dependencies (can't ship Skype though); added more GNOME Shell themes...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Makes Fedora more user-friendly
Fedora is often unstable, and Gnome 3 is unfinished
Now that Kororaa has produced two Fedora-based versions, we can probably assume it’s here to stay. I tried the Gnome version, with the ‘fallback’ desktop (I don’t have the hardware for the full version of Gnome 3). As I said of version 14, it gives you what you’d get with Fedora after a lot of extra googling and downloading. The software all worked well, as did the pre-installed codecs. Of course, this being Fedora, there’s no guarantee that all will continue to work if you upgrade. Unlike Fedora, there is no choice of programs available when installing, but a generous selection is given: Gimp, Inkscape, Firefox, Evolution, Ekiga, Empathy, Gwibber, LibreOffice, Audacity, Rhythmbox, Cheese, Openshot, Totem, VLC, etc. There were a few problems. Fedora’s switch to systemd means the old GUI tool to manage services no longer works and there doesn’t seem to be a replacement yet. I was also surprised to see it using swap, although the amount used was less than the free memory. Incidentally, this is a big distro: don’t use it with less than 1GB of RAM and a modern CPU. Kororaa is a good alternative to Fedora for beginners, but the KDE version is the better choice; Gnome 3 still lacks a lot of configuration tools.