G’day, world

Welcome to Larry the Korora Guy, one of the new electronic screed in the Larry the Free Software Guy‘s League of Extraordinary Blogs. This blog, running on Saturdays starting on Jan. 18, will talk about developments in Korora, tips and tricks for using it, and anything else that crosses the radar on all things Korora.

You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here? Simple. As Larry the Free Software Guy, I have a history with Korora, having tried it first back in the day when it had two A’s at the end of its name. Recently, I spent a week with Korora 19.1 KDE and liked it enough to keep it on a dual-core laptop that I now use on a regular basis.

For those who may not know much about the distro, Korora is a Fedora remix that “aims to make Linux easier for new users, while still being useful for experts.” It’s a noble effort, to say the least: Fedora, which as I’ve said on a million occasions, does everything right, especially building and maintaining the distro’s software, as well as building or maintaining the community supporting it. The principles driving Fedora are excellent ones to emulate, and to provide an option of a Fedora respin in which everything works right out of the box (*cough* Flash *cough*) is indeed a noble task.

Great things are in store for Korora. Don’t take my word for it: Blogger Steven Rosenberg, who works at the Los Angeles Daily News, thinks the same thing in his item here.

Since this blog starts next week, you have a chance to go to the website, download the newly released Korora 20 and give it a run. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Give it a try and if you like it, post a comment below.

Meanwhile, here is a bit of Korora trivia: Debian bases its release names on “Toy Story” characters. CrunchBang, a Debian derivative, bases its release names on “The Muppet Show” characters starting with the same letter as the Debian release name. Whether or not by design, Korora also uses the same method of using fictional characters by naming its releases after characters in “Finding Nemo.” Korora 20’s release name is Peach. In “Nemo,” Peach is “voiced” by one of my all-time favorite actresses, Allison Janney, who will always be press secretary C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing” to me.

All of which is to say, if you have the temptation to say, “Can’t hear you, Peach,” while using Korora, we’ll understand.

See you next week.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy, Fosstafarian, Larry the Korora Guy, and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)



  1. It’s nice to see a Korora blog, Larry. Now that it’s possible once again to install Catalyst from AMD without totally geeking out (http://stevenrosenberg.net/blog/linux/fedora/2014_0112_amd_catalyst_fedora_success), Korora will be at least a little more accessible to users of newish AMD hardware. Unfortunately this probably means Pharlap won’t be of much use for AMD users.

    Especially if Catalyst returns to RPM Fusion (or another repo), Korora will be a compelling way to get a Fedora system that’s ready out of the box.

    • Thanks, Steven. Hey, I did read your blog about Fedora and Catalyst, which I would suggest everyone read (maybe that’s a topic for a later blog item 🙂 )

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