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Interview with Chris Smart, Kororaa Project

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Few Linux live CDs have disturbed the Linux distribution scene as much the new Kororaa Xgl. Just to illustrate the awesome effect it had on some of the users who tried it, here is a quote as published by Groklaw.net: "I've tried about 100 different distros over the past 2 years and can honestly say I've never seen anything on a PC as spectacular as Kororaa Xgl. It makes the hair on my neck stand up. It's that good. I'm like a kid who's found the keys to the local sweet shop, I just can't leave it alone."

Up until last week, Kororaa was a little-known distribution - a decent alternative of installing Gentoo Linux on one's hard disk, but otherwise nothing too exciting to write home about. Then all of a sudden, Kororaa has shot to fame. Chris Smart (on the right) and Matthew Oliver, the two developers of the project, have released a live CD that integrates Xgl and Compiz with the proprietary NVIDIA and ATI graphics driver to create what is possibly the world's most spectacular Linux live CD. The stunning 3D effects combined with the fact that Kororaa Xgl has been pre-configured to work without any user intervention was an instant success.

We have asked Chris Smart a few questions about the project.

Full Interview in this week's DistroWatch Weekly.

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