Korora 23 'Coral' Linux distro is finally here -- Fedora for the rest of us

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When you decide to embrace Linux on the desktop, it can be quite exciting. There is a good chance you started your computing journey with Microsoft Windows, but now you want something different. While choosing the open source route can be a smart move, it can, unfortunately, be confusing too. What operating system should you pick?

Many people choose Ubuntu, which is a solid choice, but some people prefer others. Linus Torvalds, for instance, famously uses Fedora. While that operating system can be quite rewarding, setting it up can be a frustrating experience for those new to Linux. Enter Korora. This operating system takes the best of Fedora and mixes it with user-friendly software and pre-configured RPMFusion repositories. Version 23, code-named 'Coral', is now available for download.

"For the last three months we have been waiting for the RPMFusion repositories to be declared stable before releasing Korora 23. These community packages provide support for things that Fedora doesn't normally ship, like multi-media codecs and proprietary kernel drivers. Normally, the stable RPMFusion repositories are available a few weeks after a Fedora release, however the community has moved to new infrastructure and this has caused some delays", says Chris Smart, Korora Project.

Smart further says, "the RPMFusion testing repositories have been quite stable for the Korora 23 beta however, so we have decided to ship Korora 23 with them anyway. Once available, Korora 23 systems will use the RPMFusion stable repositories automatically".

Stability is a big part of the Fedora experience, so the Korora Project Team deserves kudos for not rushing. With that said, I can understand if Korora users had grown tired of waiting. Patience is a virtue, as some say.

Another big part of the Fedora experience is the GNOME desktop environment. While that DE is available here, you can also choose Mate, Cinnamon, KDE, and Xfce. If you are switching from Windows -- and don't want dramatic interface changes -- I would suggest trying Cinnamon. With that said, if you are moving to Linux, why not just throw caution to the wind and try something entirely new? GNOME is quite beautiful and intuitive -- give it a shot.

If you would like to try Korora 23 'Coral' -- named after a developer's mom who passed away -- you can get it here.

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