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DistroWatch.com: KaOS

KaOS

Last Update: 2017-08-17 23:11 UTC


KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution that features the latest version of the KDE desktop environment, the Calligra office suite, and other popular software applications that use the Qt toolkit. It was inspired by Arch Linux, but the developers build their own packages which are available from in-house repositories. KaOS employs a rolling-release development model and is built exclusively for 64-bit computer systems.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 37 (280), 6 months: 41 (250), 3 months: 44 (241), 4 weeks: 81 (135), 1 week: 74 (134)

Average visitor rating: 9.6/10 from 5 review(s).


KaOS Summary
Distribution KaOS
Home Page http://kaosx.us/
Mailing Lists https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/kaos-general
User Forums http://kaosx.us/phpBB3/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation --
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://kaosx.us/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/KaOSx/
Related Websites  
Reviews 2016: Dedoimedo
2015: Hectic Geek
2014: DedoimedoDistroWatchZDNetBlogspotDistroWatchHectic Geek
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-06-06: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.06
 • 2017-04-11: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.04
 • 2017-01-06: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.01
 • 2016-11-07: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.11
 • 2016-07-23: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.07
 • 2016-04-22: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.04
 • 2016-03-14: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.03
 • 2016-01-15: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.01
 • 2015-11-24: Distribution Release: KaOS 2015.11
 • 2015-10-02: Distribution Release: KaOS 2015.10
 • 2015-08-15: Distribution Release: KaOS 2015.08
 • 2015-06-13: Distribution Release: KaOS 2015.06
 • More KaOS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-08-14 KaOS working on hardened kernel
 •2017-03-22 KaOS updates
 •2016-09-14 KaOS gets first run wizard
 •2016-07-24 KaOS releases big changes
 • More KaOS headlines...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 2017.07 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Release Date 2017-07-13 2016-11-07 2015-11-24 2014-12-26
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1856-1856MB      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems        
Multilingual de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List 2017.07 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Package 2017.07 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (60.0.3112.101) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.1.0 2.0.1
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.43.5) 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12
firefox (55.0.2) -- -- -- --
freetype (2.8) 2.8 2.6.5 2.6.1 2.5.4
gcc (7.2.0) 6.4.0 5.4.0 4.9.3 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.25 2.23 2.21 2.20
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.01.81 2.02beta 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.18) 2.24.31 -- -- --
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.0) 17.04.3 2.9.92 2.9.90 2.0.3
kmod (24) 24 23 22 19
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.4.0) -- -- -- --
linux (4.12.8) 4.11.9 4.8.6 4.2.6 3.17.7
Package 2017.07 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.7) 10.1.25 10.1.18 -- 5.5.41
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.1.6) 17.1.4 13.0.0 11.0.5 10.4.0
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (384.59) 381.22 367.35 352.63 343.36
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.3p1 7.1p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2.12 1.0.2j 1.0.2d 1.0.1j
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.22.2 5.22.0 5.20.1
php (7.1.8) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) 5.10.3.1 5.8.3 5.4.3 --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.4) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.2) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.2
qt (5.9.1) 5.9.1 5.7.0 5.5.1 4.8.6
samba (4.6.7) 4.6.5 4.5.1 4.3.1 4.1.14
systemd (234) 233 232 228 218
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.16.3

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for KaOS

Average rating
9.6
from 5 review(s)



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Version: 2017.07
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-26
Votes: 3


The latest KaOS image can actually be installed on my laptop. Not a single 'abort'. Which ended a record run of 'only with a USB'. And may I tell you thatr KaOS is the best Arch distro. Ther KDE is killer fast and including the most synergised office suite available(+ my favourite, Softmaker is second, but not just because of an awesome diagram addon, Flow), Calligra Office Suite.
KaOS is snappy fast and really shows the world what the KDE-desktop can do.
And KaOS comes with Octopi software manager which is what I insrtall in every Arch installation.
I was going toi give a 9.8 (because reallyt nothing is pewrfect and sometrhing can always be improved... the Linux credo... fork and strive to improve. KaOS has done an awesome job, so 9.8 gets rounded to 10.

Enjoy,

/Dave Berryman


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Version: 2017.06
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-04
Votes: 1


No problems running on an older dell desktop, works great : )


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Version: 2017.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-18
Votes: 8


Have installed on my Surface Pro 2 & everything work perfectly.
Wifi all working & touch screen too.


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