The first ever GNU/Linux distribution that I tried was RedHat. And even though it was really easy to setup (even at that time) and use yet just like many other GNU based systems, it’s always quite serious about when it comes to choosing proprietary and Open-Source software.
And few years ago they decided to move the RetHat free version to a community maintained project which was called Fedora. But Fedora too focuses and uses the same ideology that RedHat “believes” in. So after installing Fedora (even in these days) you gotta install multimedia codes and other proprietary software which can be a bit hectic at times.
For instance, until the NTFS-3G project was born, if you didn’t have an internet connection, then reading NTFS file system in Fedora by default was removed and installing the appropriate packages weren’t that easy either.
But quite ironically even after those “insults” (kidding) I still love Fedora a lot because thanks to those “missing” packages/features I did learn quite a lot about GNU/Linux too (software compiling, editing some system files here and there etc) and for that I’m grateful.
But for the average users (I’m pretty sure it’s excellent these days), if you’re like really new to GNU/Linux then sometimes Fedora can still be a bit frustrating to use but if you still want to have a bit of a taste of Fedora but would like to have an OS that works out of the box, then Kororaa Linux seems like a pretty decent distribution.
It’s based on Fedora (originally based on Gentoo actually) and yesterday they announced the latest release (16) which is code named (Chum).
*. It works out of the box -- Meaning that proprietary codecs are included in the OS images and you don’t have to manually install them.
*. Comes with both KDE (4.7) and Gnome Shell (3.2 with the Mint Shell extensions for making Gnome Shell looks like the classic version) desktop environments.
*. It also comes pre-included third-party software repositories such as RPM Fusion (which holds both free and proprietary software) so you can install additional software such as Adobe, Chrome web browser and few other popular applications.
*. Uses Kdenlive and OpenShot as video editors.
*. VLC is the default multimedia player.
*. Firefox 8.0 with some add-ons installed as the default web browser.
These are just some of the features to mention.
Now it supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures but the installations disk image sizes (LiveDVDs) are actually 1.8GB (KDE edition) and 1.4GB (Gnome Edition). So they won’t fit inside a 700MB CD.
Anyway, if you want to give it a try then please go to this official Kororaa download page. Good luck.