Kororaa Lite (KDE) has been released and is now available for download in 32 and 64 bit.
Kororaa Lite is a minimal KDE based system which provides a smaller footprint for users to then install the programs they want. It disables various services and cuts out some hefty KDE features by default, to reduce the resource footprint. It might be useful for netbooks and lower-end systems, or users who want to start with a solid base and build up from there.
It is designed to provide Internet connectivity out of the box and focuses on the following:
- CD size (<= 700MB)
- Smaller resource footprint
- Network-ability (wireless, VPN, dial-up)
- Internet browsing and social networking
- Multimedia support
- Broad hardware support
- Uses KDE Netbook interface by default (changeable)
As with the full Kororaa release, it includes:
- Third party repositories (Adobe, Google Chrome, Livna, RPMFusion)
- Firefox as the default web browser
- VLC as the default media player
- Installers for Adobe Flash and NVIDIA drivers
- SELinux enabled (particularly worthwhile for Flash)
Unlike the full Kororaa, it does not provide these out of the box:
- Full range of applications (no office suite, PIM, java, or graphics tools, etc)
- Build tools required for building external modules
- Extra fonts
- Printing support
Please test it out and provide any feedback you might have, especially if you have ideas on how to further tweak KDE to reduce resource footprint!
I’ve had a few requests for a 32 bit version of the Kororaa beta, so I’ve made one and it’s now available for download and testing.
That’s right folks, Kororaa is back.
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 x86_64 beta for testing. The final release will be Kororaa 14 (derived from Fedora 14), codenamed Nemo. As with the original Kororaa, it’s based on KDE.
If you can find the time, I would really appreciate some feedback. Tell me it’s crap, tell me I suck, but tell me something I’m really looking for suggestions on how to improve it and make sure that everything works. If you’re interested in contributing to a project like this, then here’s your chance!
Essentially, Kororaa has been re-born as a Fedora Remix, inspired by Rahul Sundaram’s Omega GNOME based Remix. I switched to Fedora about a year and a half ago, and I love it. Kororaa has re-emerged out of a desire to see others using Fedora, and so aims to provide a system which sets up a lot of the magic for you, out of the box. This is something I want my family (and all my friends) to be able to install and use. There are lots of things still to do, but I hope you’ll try it out and let me know what you think!
Kororaa aims to provide all general computing uses out of the box (well, as much as possible anyway). It aims to include the software packages that most users will want (this means Firefox for KDE, GIMP over Krita, VLC over DragonPlayer, and OpenOffice.org over
KOffice Calligra, etc). Adobe’s Flash plugin and NVIDIA’s graphics drivers are each installable with a double click.
See the About page for a list of what Kororaa aims to achieve, and see the Changes page for a list of customisations and their status.
Here’s a look at the desktop, running from the Live DVD.
Have you ever tried Tiny Core? It’s a live Linux distro which boots to a graphical interface at only 11MB (MicroCore is 7MB).
It is designed to be used as your default operating system, and combats issues like “system rot”. It’s a really interesting project and definitely worth a look!
If that sounds interesting to you, have a read of my latest article at Linux Magazine.