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"Gordon Edmund la Touche" (2019-09-17)

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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. For this test, I downloaded the bulky 4 GB 32-bit ISO and created a bootable DVD. Neither Unetbootin, nor Fedora live usb creator worked even on an 8 GB pen drive. 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.

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. Hanthana comes with quite a few other catchy wallpapers as well. I tried decorating the desktop a bit by changing the wallpaper and a conky-lua. Hardware recognition is good with Wifi, LAN, sound card, screen resolution, etc. properly recognized. It also detected my touchpad but I had to manually change the settings to enable single/double tap. As the list shows, Hanthana has plenty of applications - almost the entire Fedora and RPMfusion repositories packaged in that 4 GB plus ISO. But, the application choice is not intelligent and they could have done away with at least 10% of the applications. Isn't Firefox and Google Chrome enough? I don't think there is a need for Konqueror.

Similarly, isn't VLC good enough? Why Gnome Mplayer or Videos? Empathy & Pidgin together? Evolution & Thunderbird together? Anyway, a more judicious approach is, perhaps, recommended. Moreover, user's life is complicated by the GNOME 3.8.4 where locating an application may be quite tough. I prefer more simple menu where I have clear-cut categories to browse. I installed LXDE desktop on Hanthana and it is more user friendly, thereby giving me better results. A whole lot of educational applications - Hanthana can very well position itself as an "Educational" distro! Installation took about 30 min of time and a bit of more time than Fedora 19 (using the same Anaconda installer) given the bulky size of the distro. The steps are usual and should not pose any difficulty for even new users. I ran into issues while updating it for the first time. On a deeper probe I found out that the Google Chrome repository could not be reached and hence, the issue.

It won't even allow me to install applications. So, I started the Software manager, clicked on the repositories and unchecked the Google Chrome source link. Once saved, now things worked perfectly. Hanthana Linux presents an interesting mix of Fedora and RPMfusion along with other third party repositories. Software manager is the default GUI and it nicely categorizes applications into different classes and is quite easy to operate. A search option is there as well at the top for the experienced users to locate and install specific application names. Otherwise, Yum Extender is there to install applications using Yum package manager. Yum extender works faster than Software manager. I did not have many applications to download as Hanthana provides almost all the applications that I regularly use. Only thing I did was to download conky and a lightweight desktop environment as GNOME 3.8.4 seems to be a tad bit heavy for my Asus K54C.