Hanthana 19.0 Review: Sri Lankan spiced up Fedora

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The prime issue that I faced while migrating to Fedora from Ubuntu was the complexity involved in installation of proprietary codecs and flash plugins. Hanthana Linux is a step in that direction to provide new users a ready to use Fedora OS with all plugins and codecs along with a whole lot of applications. The concept is not novel though - Korora (formerly Kororaa) has both KDE and GNOME 3 spins on a similar concept.

Hanthana 19.0 is based on Fedora 19.0 and ships with GNOME 3.8.4 and Linux kernel 3.11.2. I used my Asus K54C (2.2 Ghz Core i3 processor, 2 GB DDR RAM, Intel HD 3000 graphics) for this purpose. First I did a live boot from the DVD and then installed it on a 20 GB partition.

Aesthetics

Hanthana ships with stock GNOME 3.8 with a nice wallpaper symbolizing Sri Lanka. Though GNOME 3 has improved a lot with the present release but still searching applications in the dash is not user friendly. Specially when a distro like Hanthana ships with so many applications. Possibly Unity's dash is a better bet; Unity's dash categorizes applications into different classes.

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