The first beta release of Kororaa 17 (codename “Bubbles”) 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 (3.3.7), office and desktops (KDE 4.8 and GNOME 3.4).
We are currently working on a way for existing users to easily upgrade, 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 🙂
- GNOME – Cannot select session for live user at login. Set a password (for liveuser user) and it will work (upstream bug report).
- GNOME – Poweroff menu entry missing, only shows suspend. Hold down the alt key, or activate Alternative Status Menu plugin using GNOME Tweak Tool.
- Jockey – no driver for ATI cards. The proprietary fglrx driver is currently not compatible with X.Org 1.12, we have to wait for a new release that works.
The GNOME 3 desktop has a custom theme available, as well as 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. GNOME Shell now has software rendering support and should work under virtual machines.
This release also includes the Cinnamon from Linux Mint as an alternative GNOME desktop.
- Tweaked KDE and GNOME base systems
- Third party repositories (Adobe, Chrome, RPMFusion, VirtualBox)
- Firefox 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..