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"We have decided to make the existing beta release of Korora (Flo) 18 the final version, as the beta period did not reveal any major issues which warranted a new build. The existing beta images have simply been renamed, so if you already have the beta you also have the final release. Derived from Fedora 18, this release comes with the usual Korora extras out of the box, such as: Adobe Flash plugin; experimental support for Valve's Steam client; unburden-home-dir, which moves cache files (like in Firefox profiles) onto RAMFS at login; undistract-me, which pops up a GUI notification when a terminal command has completed; tweaked KDE and GNOME base systems; experimental support for Cinnamon desktop in GNOME; third-party repositories...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
This review is of the 32-bit Gnome version of Korora.
The advantages of using Korara to install Fedora are that it gives you quick access to the media codecs, proprietory drivers, and the first bug fixes. The media codecs were on the disk, and there were tools to install video drivers, the Flash plugin, and Skype. This time it has an additional advantage: an 18 minute video to demonstrate Fedora’s horrid new installer, although even Chris seemed a bit bemused by it at times: “I think that’s a bug … I suppose that makes sense…”
The software included Firefox, Empathy, Ekiga, Gwibber, LibreOffice, Gimp, Shotwell, Inkscape, Openshot, Rhythmbox, VLC, Miro media player, and Steam. Gwibber, Rhythmbox, and Empathy left warnings when run from the CLI, and VLC is the version that locks-up on certain hardware. The bug in the panel of some applets crashing if you change the colour in fallback mode is still there, but keyboard configuration now works properly.
Once you manage the obstacle-course of the new installer, Korora makes getting a usable and attractive Fedora system a lot quicker than if you started with the official source.