Korora 19: Fedora Linux on steroids!

Today in Open Source: Is Korora 19 a better Fedora? Plus: Juicy facts about Debian Linux, and Football Manager 2014 comes to Linux!

Korora 19: A Better Fedora?

DistroWatch has a good review of Korora 19. Korora is based on Fedora, and it adds some things such as multimedia codecs, Google's Chrome repository, as well as the VirtualBox repository.

Chances are that if you like Fedora, you might like Korora 19 even more. You can get it in KDE or GNOME, and you can opt for 32-bit or 64-bit versions.

I tend to view Korora not so much as an independent distribution, but rather as a re-imagining of Fedora where most of the work of putting everything in place has been done for the user. I have long felt that one of the biggest barriers to working with Fedora is the distribution's initial setup. When being used as a desktop system Fedora users will probably want to add third-party repositories, hunt down drivers, add codecs, download Flash and install applications not available on the Fedora disc. Korora takes care of these steps for us.

The Korora ISO comes with all the software we are likely to need and a utility which makes acquiring additional drivers easy. Further, codecs and popular third-party repositories are enabled by default. This means it's pretty easy to install Korora and get right to work (or play) with a minimum of fuss. Korora takes the experimental Fedora distribution and makes it into a pretty solid, and easy to use, desktop operating system.

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I have never been a big fan of Fedora, for the reasons listed in this review. It's not that it's a bad desktop distro, it's just that there are other distros that require less effort to add software, codecs, repositories, etc. Korora 19 seems to fix some of these problems, so I can see it becoming a great choice for devoted Fedora users.

Would you use Fedora or Korora? Tell me in the comments.

Juicy Facts About Debian Linux

Are you a Debian junkie? Then you'll love Xmodulo's article of interesting facts about Debian Linux. You can find out where the name Debian comes from, as well as the total number of source lines in the Debian project. You'll also discover the number of languages that Debian is written in, and see the percentage breakdowns for each.

While many folks regularly use Debian operating system as end-users, system admins or developers, you may not know the interesting history and facts behind Debian itself.

Below are a list of things that you may not know about Debian GNU/Linux. The statistics presented here are up-to-date as of April 30, 2013 (thanks to ohloh.net).

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