|Main Screen + Cinnamon Menu|
After the boot menu, I was greeted by a simple boot splash consisting of a small blue progress bar centered on a dark background. This took a little while to give way to a solitary cursor, followed by the whole desktop. Initially, the desktop was quite unresponsive, but I figured it was because like other distributions, this was trying to render an additional monitor that didn't exist, so I turned that off in the Cinnamon System Settings tool. That fixed things and allowed me to better enjoy the desktop.
|Mozilla Firefox + LibreOffice Writer|
Mozilla Firefox is the default browser. Proprietary codecs seem to be included, as YouTube and Hulu worked fine. That said, I will note that for some reason, although wireless networks were recognized, this distribution refused to recognize my wired ethernet connection. LibreOffice is the default productivity suite. There seem to be a lot of multimedia applications present, as I saw Darktable, Audacity, Handbrake, a sound converter, and some others. Otherwise, though, there isn't too much notable about the software selection. The only small oddity I found was that Gloobus Preview is included, even though there isn't any immediately obvious way to make it work with the file manager Nemo, and Nemo already has the Nemo-Preview file previewer as its own.
|Nemo + Nemo-Preview + Expo|
Mupen64Plus isn't present at all in the repositories, which I find a little unusual for a distribution that is not much changed from its parent (Fedora) that is very popular and has a large software pool. I had to download the old version from the website, and although it worked, it was rather sluggish while running.
The desktop effects present in Cinnamon worked well. The desktop overall never felt particularly slow or sluggish. Moreover, the system used about 400 MB of RAM at idle according to the command "free -m", which isn't too bad.
That's where my time with Korora 21 "Darla" Cinnamon ended. The issues I had with YUM Extender are fairly minor and don't have to do with Korora in particular, though maybe the Korora developers could consider including a different GUI package manager. Likewise, with Mupen64Plus, if I was seriously considering installing Korora for daily use, I might look a little more into making it work. That said, the ethernet issue is a bit of a dealbreaker for me, considering that I have almost never run into this issue during live testing; although this may not be an issue with Korora specifically, the fact that I'd have to consider fixing this issue at all seems problematic in itself. For now, I'd say that although this probably isn't a bad distribution to use, I'd personally wait until the next release in the hope that things may get better.
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