Korora (operating system)

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Korora logo.png
Developer Christopher Smart and Ian Firns[1]
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release Korora 25 / 7 December 2016; 8 months ago (2016-12-07)[2]
Update method DNF (PackageKit)
Package manager RPM Package Manager
Platforms i686, AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
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.


Korora was started by Christopher Smart as a method to quickly reproduce a Gentoo Linux installation on multiple desktop machines. Chris also intended that Korora 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 Korora.

The introduction of the Korora 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 Kororas 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] the 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]

Version Release Date Underlying System
Beta 2 R1 2005-12-12 Gentoo
XGL Live CD 0.1 2006-03-08
XGL Live CD 0.2 2006-04-06
XGL Live CD 0.3 2006-10-04
14 Beta 2010-12-25 Fedora
14 Beta 2 2011-02-11
14 Beta 3 2011-03-02
14 Beta 4 2011-03-22
14 Beta 5 2011-03-31
14 Beta 6 2011-04-22
Kororaa Linux 14 2011-05-31
15 Beta 2011-07-16
15 Beta 2 2011-07-20
Kororaa Linux 15 2011-09-20
Kororaa Linux 15.1 2011-10-20
Kororaa Linux 16 2011-12-16
Kororaa Linux 17 2012-07-16
Korora 18 2013-05-02[4]
Korora 19 2013-07-02[7]
Korora 19.1 2013-10-08[8]
Korora 20 2014-01-10[9]
Korora 21 Beta 2015-01-03[10]
Korora 21 2015-02-07[11]
Korora 22 2015-08-02[1]
Korora 23 2016-02-07[12]
Korora 24 2016-07-19[13]
Korora 25 2016-12-07[2]


  1. ^ a b csmart. "Korora 22 (Selina) - Available". Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b ozjd. "Korora 25 (Gurgle) - is Ready". Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Kororaa is back". 
  4. ^ a b DistroWatch. "Development Release: Korora 18 Beta (DistroWatch.com News)". Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Introducing the Korora Project". Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Kororaa Project - No more Kororaa". Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  7. ^ DistroWatch. "Distribution Release: Korora 19 (DistroWatch.com News)". Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  8. ^ DistroWatch. "Distribution Release: Korora 19.1 (DistroWatch.com News)". Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  9. ^ firnsy. "Korora Project". Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  10. ^ "Korora 21 (Darla) Beta - Now Available". 
  11. ^ "Korora 21 (Darla) - Now Available". 
  12. ^ csmart. "Korora 23 (Coral) - Available". Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  13. ^ ozjd. "Korora 24 (Sheldon) - Available". Retrieved 2016-12-08. 

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