Korora (operating system)

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For the extinct penguin genus, see Korora.
Korora logo.png
Developer Christopher Smart and Ian Firns[1]
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release Korora 21 / February 7, 2015 (2015-02-07)[2]
Platforms i686, AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic kernel
Default user interface KDE Plasma Desktop, GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE
License Various
Official website kororaproject.org

Korora (previously Kororaa) is a remix of the Fedora Linux distribution. Originally Kororaa was a binary installation method for Gentoo Linux which aimed for easy installation of a Gentoo system by using install scripts instead of manual configuration. The name derives from the Māori word, “kororā” – the little penguin.


Kororaa was started by Christopher Smart as a method to quickly reproduce a Gentoo Linux installation on multiple desktop machines. Chris also intended that Kororaa be used to quickly demonstrate the power of Gentoo Linux to users critical of 'compile times.' On November 7, 2007, Chris announced that he was discontinuing his work on the project, and that there would be no new versions of Kororaa.

The introduction of the Kororaa XGL Live CD was intended to demonstrate the capabilities of Novell’s Xgl and Compiz.

On December 23, 2010, Chris Smart has announced rebirth of Kororaa as Fedora Remix.[3]

On May 2, 2013 Korora 18 was released,[4] featuring a revised name spelled with only one A and a new logo.[5]

Kororaa XGL Live CD[edit]

Screenshot of the Xgl abilities of the Kororaa Live CD

In March 2006, a Kororaa based Live CD was released, preconfigured with Xgl capabilities. The live CD supports NVIDIA, ATI and Intel graphics cards, and the latest version (0.3) comes with both K Desktop Environment 3 and GNOME.

Development hiatus and restart[edit]

On November 7, 2007, Smart announced that development on Kororaa would be ended, and no further versions would be released;[6] reasons given were that

  • Sabayon Linux already serves a purpose as a binary Gentoo distribution
  • Gentoo already comes with a GUI installer
  • Compiz is already installed on most desktop distributions by default
  • Kororaa couldn't compete with other distributions which include non-free drivers by default.
  • the weight of the project was too much for a single developer.

On December 23, 2010, Smart announced the restart of Kororaa with a release of the Fedora-based version of the distro: “I know that you'll be looking for something Linux related to do over your Christmas holidays and New Year, so I've just released the first installable live DVD beta for testing. The final release will be Kororaa 14 (derived from Fedora 14), code-named 'Nemo'. As with the original Kororaa, it's based on KDE. Essentially, Kororaa has been reborn as a Fedora remix, inspired by Rahul Sundaram's Omega GNOME remix. It aims to provide all general computing uses out of the box and it aims to include software packages that most users will want.”

Version history[edit]

  • Beta 2 R1, December 12, 2005
  • XGL Live CD 0.1, March 8, 2006
  • XGL Live CD 0.2, April 6, 2006
  • XGL Live CD 0.3, October 4, 2006
  • 14 Beta, December 25, 2010
  • 14 Beta 2, February 11, 2011
  • 14 Beta 3, March 2, 2011
  • 14 Beta 4, March 22, 2011
  • 14 Beta 5, March 31, 2011
  • 14 Beta 6, April 22, 2011
  • Kororaa Linux 14, May 31, 2011
  • 15 Beta, July 16, 2011
  • 15 Beta 2, July 20, 2011
  • Kororaa Linux 15, September 20, 2011
  • Kororaa Linux 15.1, October 20, 2011
  • Kororaa Linux 16, December 16, 2011 (Fedora 16 based)
  • Kororaa Linux 17, July 16, 2012
  • Korora 18, May 2, 2013[4]
  • Korora 19, July 2, 2013[7]
  • Korora 19.1, October 8, 2013[8]
  • Korora 20, January 10, 2014[2]
  • Korora 21 Beta, January 3, 2015[9]
  • Korora 21, February 7, 2015[10]


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