Korora MATE is an open source operating system, a distribution of Linux based on the latest upstream Fedora Linux version and using a traditional and fast desktop environment powered by MATE, a clone of the GNOME 2 classic session. It is designed from the ground up to be low on resource and installable on a wide range of low-end computers.

Available for download as Live DVDs for 64-bit and 32-bit PCs

This is Korora’s smallest and lightweightest edition, which can be downloaded as Live DVD ISO images of approximately 1.7GB in size and burned onto DVD discs or written to USB flash drives in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC. It has been engineered to support both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms.

Automatic boot prompt

The boot prompt of the Live DVDs has been designed to automatically start the live environment in ten seconds, but you can immediately press Enter to boot the OS. In addition, it is possible to perform a RAM test, check the integrity of the disc (only if using a DVD media), boot an existing operating system from the first disk, as well as to start the live session in safe graphics mode by accessing the Troubleshooting section.

Traditional desktop environment powered by MATE

As mentioned, this Korora edition has been designed to promote a very fast and lightweight operating system based on the MATE project, which provides users with a traditional desktop environment that uses a two-panel layout. Furthermore, a innovative welcome screen will help you learn more about the distribution.

Includes top-notch open source applications

Korora MATE includes a wide range of top-notch open source applications, among which we can mention Mozilla Firefox web browser, Claws Mail email client, FileZilla file transfer client, Gwibber social networking client, HexChat IRC client, Liferea news reader, Pidgin instant messenger, TigerVNC VNC viewer, Deluge torrent downloader, LibreOffice office suite, RawTherapee RAW image editor, Inkscape vector graphics editor, and GIMP image editor.

Bottom line

All in all, the MATE edition of Korora Linux is without no doubt one of the best open source operating systems suitable for low-end machines or computers with old and semi-old hardware components. Do not hesitate to check out some other Korora editions, with the Cinnamon, KDE or GNOME desktop environments.