May 13, 2013, 1:11 PM — There's no doubt that desktop Linux has become increasingly user-friendly over the years, but it's equally true that some distributions focus more on ease of use than others do.
Enter Korora, a distro that "was born out of a desire to make Linux easier for new users, while still being useful for experts," in the project's own words. Originally based on Gentoo Linux when it launched in 2005, Korora was re-born in 2010 as a Fedora remix with tweaks and extras for additional usability.
Korora recently got a key update to version 18, and it looks intriguing. Here's a summary of what's inside.
GNOME or KDE
On top of what comes in Fedora 18, however, Korora adds a number of extra usability-minded features. Tweaked versions of both GNOME and KDE desktops are available, for example, as is experimental support for Cinnamon.
Firefox is the default Web browser, and a broad suite of other software is available as well, including LibreOffice for productivity, microblogging and instant messaging clients, and more.
SELinux for security
Korora 18 is now available as a free download for both 32- and 64-bit PCs from the project site. To take it for a risk-free test drive, simply burn the .iso image to a DVD or USB stick. If you like it, you can install Korora directly to your hard drive straight from the Live Media desktop, as outlined in the project's directions.