The first beta release of Kororaa 16 (codename “Chum”) has been released and is available for download, in 32 and 64 bit versions for KDE and GNOME. This new release includes major updates of most packages including the kernel, office and desktops (KDE 4.7 and GNOME 3.2).
We are currently working on a way for existing version 15 users to upgrade to the final release of version 16, however this is not yet available for the beta release. For those wanting to test out this release, it is recommended to perform a fresh install or use a virtual machine. It’s a Live DVD, so it can be tested without installation too
- Some addons for GNOME have caused crashes and the gnome-shell-extension-alternative-status-menu is not included in the beta. To shutdown, hold down the Alt key while hovering over Suspend option in menu.
- Searching (Alt + F2) in GNOME causes Shell to crash.
- Jockey (the proprietary driver manager) was accidentally left out, but is installable (GNOME: jockey-gtk jockey-selinux KDE: jockey-kde jockey-selinux)
The GNOME 3 desktop has several extensions to provide an enhanced user experience (and help ease the transition from GNOME 2.x). It also comes with the GNOME Tweak Tool to allow further customisation.
- Tweaked KDE 4.7 and GNOME 3.2 base systems
- Third party repositories (Adobe, Chrome, RPMFusion, VirtualBox)
- Firefox 8 as the default web browser (integrated with KDE)
- Firefox extensions included (Adblock Plus, DownThemAll, Flashblock, Xclear)
- Microblogging client (Choqok for KDE, Empathy for GNOME)
- Full multimedia support (excluding Flash, see next)
- Installer for Adobe Flash plugin
- Jockey device manager to handle drivers such as AMD/ATI and NVIDIA
- Video editor (Kdenlive for KDE, OpenShot for GNOME)
- VLC as the default media player
- SELinux enabled (particularly worthwhile for Flash)
- English (Australian/British) support & dictionaries
- and more..