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Korora Linux 18 aims to deliver a friendlier Fedora

This newly updated Linux distro is based on Fedora 18 but adds numerous features for extra usability.

There's no doubt that desktop Linux has become increasingly user-friendly over the years, but it's equally true that some distributions focus more on ease of use than others do.

Ubuntu and Linux Mint are two examples at the forefront of this usability trend, but recently I came across another that has put friendliness at the forefront of its goals.

Enter Korora, a distro that "was born out of a desire to make Linux easier for new users, while still being useful for experts," in the project's own words. Originally based on Gentoo Linux when it launched in 2005, Korora was re-born in 2010 as a Fedora remix with tweaks and extras for additional usability.

Korora recently got a key update to version 18, and it looks intriguing. Here's a summary of what's inside.

GNOME or KDE

It was just last week that Korora announced the release of Korora 18 "Flo," a version that's based on the Fedora 18 "Spherical Cow" operating system launched earlier this year.

On top of what comes in Fedora 18, however, Korora adds a number of extra usability-minded features. Tweaked versions of both GNOME and KDE desktops are available, for example, as is experimental support for Cinnamon.

Firefox is the default Web browser, and a broad suite of other software is available as well, including LibreOffice for productivity, microblogging and instant messaging clients, and more.

SELinux for security

An Adobe Flash plugin is included, and SELinux is enabled for extra security. Also included is experimental support for Valve's Steam client.

Korora 18 is now available as a free download for both 32- and 64-bit PCs from the project site. To take it for a risk-free test drive, simply burn the .iso image to a DVD or USB stick. If you like it, you can install Korora directly to your hard drive straight from the Live Media desktop, as outlined in the project's directions.

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