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What has made Korora great for you?

Recently with the attention from DistroWatch and some comments on my blog, and via other means, people have expressed to me their love of Korora and what they have liked about it. The stories seem fairly similar, but I am sure that's just a handful of examples. Working with people on IRC has been great and we have a KanBan (or task board) on GitLab for tasks and with that a few people have had some ideas, great ideas. This made me wonder though, what ideas would other people (the community in general) who have loved to use Korora and used it for specific purposes have? Since we are doing community builds, I would like to get some feedback from, you, the community. I think if we can get the things that people have liked, and still like now with Korora, it will allow us to focus on making sure those details are included and improved upon. If we can continue to implement and improve on what the community here loves about Korora, it would feel more like our community builds are truly by and for the community. So if you feel like it, reply. Maybe it's an Application that Korora included, that you didn't have to fiddle with because it was installed and ready to go. Maybe it's just something simple as having the repositories setup to pull from RPMFusion. It can be something Korora once offered, but now does not. Whatever it is please share your experience, why it was great, what drove you here, and what will help you to stay. Thanks

Kind regards,

Jeremiah (JMiahMan)

I'm a Enterprise Java developer and a Certified RedHat System Administrator. Given that my deployment/production environment is all RedHat based and my company is not going to buy Macs, my weapon of choice for a developement desktop is Fedora. I stumbled upon Korora a few years ago because I wanted a better default Gnome experience than what I was getting with Fedora at the time. Korora included a lot tweaks that I would normally do to Fedora and also had a bunch I didn't know about. The look and feel of Korora is top notch and that is extremely important to me. I find stock theme on Fedora to a be a bit of a distraction.

Hi! I have nowhere near the credentials of the other guys on this thread - I'm just a casual linux desktop user that liked the Fedora OS but didn't like how much time it took to set it up properly. Personally, I'd like better font rendering. Dedoimedo explains this well (https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/korora-26-gnome.html) although he is a bit harsh. I'd also like to see a custom theme that extends across Plymouth and GTK - although this may be a stretch given your resources, it would only require some slight tweaking of existing themes - nothing much, just to improve the font clarity and color scheming to fit. In addition, for the GNOME version (if there is one, which I hope there is) I hope you guys could remove the Places extension by default (it's not really necessary, with such a powerful search in Activities). You should also try to bundle the best GNOME Core apps to provide a cohesive experience, such as Weather, Clocks, and now Podcasts (if you can include 3.30 on time) ! One more thing I found really useful was the Do Not Disturb extension by Pop OS (https://github.com/pop-os/gnome-shell-extension-do-not-disturb). It would be great if that was included as well. Thanks!

epicdragon44 wrote:
Hi! I have nowhere near the credentials of the other guys on this thread - I'm just a casual linux desktop user that liked the Fedora OS but didn't like how much time it took to set it up properly. Personally, I'd like better font rendering. Dedoimedo explains this well (https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/korora-26-gnome.html) although he is a bit harsh. I'd also like to see a custom theme that extends across Plymouth and GTK - although this may be a stretch given your resources, it would only require some slight tweaking of existing themes - nothing much, just to improve the font clarity and color scheming to fit.
In addition, for the GNOME version (if there is one, which I hope there is) I hope you guys could remove the Places extension by default (it's not really necessary, with such a powerful search in Activities). You should also try to bundle the best GNOME Core apps to provide a cohesive experience, such as Weather, Clocks, and now Podcasts (if you can include 3.30 on time) ! One more thing I found really useful was the Do Not Disturb extension by Pop OS (https://github.com/pop-os/gnome-shell-extension-do-not-disturb). It would be great if that was included as well.
Thanks!

Thanks for the response, I edited your post to make the links work.

I am a layman who found Linux in high school and fell in love with the speed, the privacy, and the fact I knew what was going on under the hood of my computer. I started with Linux Mint and tried out dozens of distros over the years, mainly by dual booting on whatever laptop I owned. I also gradually installed Linux on my family member's PCs to extend the life of the hardware.

After trying many different distros and educating myself about the differences between Debian and RPM, I decided that Fedora aligned with my personal beliefs about FOSS. However after trial and error with Fedora, I found the set up process rather tedious. I tried a few different spins and finally found Korora. It is the most polished Fedora spin bar non, and gives ubuntu-based distros a run for their money as well. Not only that, but it works right out of the box with no need to install codecs or tweak Gnome, and is stable. I also loved the fact that you could choose different pre-configured desktops that were themed every bit as beautifully as the flagship, as Gnome 3 can tax older hardware.

Korora was and still is a great example of what makes Linux so great. Thank you for continuing this project.

epicdragon44 wrote:
Hi! I have nowhere near the credentials of the other guys on this thread - I'm just a casual linux desktop user that liked the Fedora OS but didn't like how much time it took to set it up properly. Personally, I'd like better font rendering. Dedoimedo explains this well (https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/korora-26-gnome.html) although he is a bit harsh. I'd also like to see a custom theme that extends across Plymouth and GTK - although this may be a stretch given your resources, it would only require some slight tweaking of existing themes - nothing much, just to improve the font clarity and color scheming to fit.

Yeah Dedoimedo was a bit harsh I had a hard time taking him serious after the "I feel like someone's stabbed my eyes with a spoon." comment, but regardless I see his point with the font colorization. I'll have to look more into that, as the light grey would annoy me too, despite me programming (or rather hacking) in python even :P

In addition, for the GNOME version (if there is one, which I hope there is) I hope you guys could remove the Places extension by default (it's not really necessary, with such a powerful search in Activities). You should also try to bundle the best GNOME Core apps to provide a cohesive experience, such as Weather, Clocks, and now Podcasts (if you can include 3.30 on time) ! One more thing I found really useful was the Do Not Disturb extension by Pop OS (https://github.com/pop-os/gnome-shell-extension-do-not-disturb). It would be great if that was included as well.
Thanks!

Good news in a few places here.. There is a Gnome version.. there's one now being tested as a matter of fact. See the news site for the best mirror. Also the gnome-shell-extension-do-not-disturb extension has been packaged and is currently in our testing repos. The bad news however, is that we are at the mercy of Fedora with Gnome base packages and 3.30 won't be released until Korora 29 not to long after the Fedora 29 release with Gnome 3.30 interesting enough ;) To end on a bright note I feel the same way about a consistent look and feel from Grub2 to the Desktop and have been annoyed by that fact there's not. So long story short, that will most likely be fixed and hopefully no one stabs their eyes out with a spoon over it :) Thanks so much for your reply, we'll try our best to address your suggestions and issues.

hdansin72 wrote:

I also loved the fact that you could choose different pre-configured desktops that were themed every bit as beautifully as the flagship, as Gnome 3 can tax older hardware.

Thanks for the feedback.

Actually while Gnome is Fedora's flagship DE we don't have one. We try to treat all desktops equally and historically Korora started as a KDE remix. The team all use different desktops and I guess that is reflected in our outlook.

Thank you all! Especially for including the Do Not Disturb extension....goes to show what a great community-led distribution this is!

tsweets wrote:
I'm a Enterprise Java developer and a Certified RedHat System Administrator. Given that my deployment/production environment is all RedHat based and my company is not going to buy Macs, my weapon of choice for a developement desktop is Fedora. I stumbled upon Korora a few years ago because I wanted a better default Gnome experience than what I was getting with Fedora at the time. Korora included a lot tweaks that I would normally do to Fedora and also had a bunch I didn't know about. The look and feel of Korora is top notch and that is extremely important to me. I find stock theme on Fedora to a be a bit of a distraction.

I have, pretty much, the same sentiment that tsweets has regarding the look and feel of the Gnome version.

Ever since I discovered the world of open-source operating systems, I have loved to try every different distribution of Linux that I can get my hands on (as well as *BSDs and illumos). From my experience playing with a plethora of configurations of desktop environments, I feel that Korora stands out already, and has even more potential than its current popularity would indicate.

While the desktop experience with Fedora feels like a "default" kind of layout (admittedly the majority of my Fedora usage was with the XFCE spin), Korora does to Fedora what Linux Mint does to Ubuntu (which starts with Debian) and that is to make the experience as smooth and stylish as possible for a desktop user. It's doing Desktop perfectly, rather than trying to be a general-purpose distro that could be either a desktop or server, but not fully customized for either.

As the first example I can think of today, I have lost many hours of my life fighting with various software configurations (unfamiliar packages I was using for the first time) trying to get them to work, only to realize that SELinux was blocking me from succeeding. Until I'm ready to benefit from SELinux, the first thing I do after installing Fedora is to disable that and reboot. Korora takes care of that, and in so many hundreds of different and more relevant ways, Korora takes care of a lot of things.

Also - I might not be accurate here - but I feel that, like Linux Mint, Korora is just doing what is most desirable for its user base, rather than trying to have a personality of it's own, in that regard I am confident that Korora is not going to make sudden changes that are annoying to most of its users, just to match some personality or new ambition. I like that.

Having heard about the hiatus of core developers, I knew that this project deserved to continue until things are back to normal, and in an odd way, I feel more committed to the project now that its up to the community to show their support with more than saying thanks or donating, but to help keep it going for the time being.

I've already set up a mirror for people to download the DVD images of the community-released versions of Korora, and if only I was a skilled developer, I'd do so much more!

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