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KaOS

Last Update: 2017-04-12 00:54 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: 35 (297), 6 months: 38 (316), 3 months: 46 (265), 4 weeks: 39 (320), 1 week: 68 (182)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 1 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
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Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors http://kaosx.us/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/KaOSx/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2015-04-19: Distribution Release: KaOS 2015.04
 • More KaOS releases...

  Headlines:
 •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 2017.04 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Release Date 2017-04-11 2016-11-07 2015-11-24 2014-12-26
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
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
Office Suite Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
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 2017.04 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12

Full Package List:   KaOS 2014.12
  Number of packages: 937 (download as TXT)
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  •  a2ps 4.14-3
  •  a52dec 0.7.4-6
  •  aalib 1.4rc5-8
  •  about-distro 1.1.0-1
  •  accountsqt 1.13-1
  •  acl 2.2.52-2
  •  akonadi 1.13.0-2
  •  alsa-firmware 1.0.28-1
  •  alsa-lib 1.0.28-2
  •  alsa-oss 1.0.28-1
  •  alsa-plugins 1.0.28-1
  •  alsa-utils 1.0.28-1
  •  appmenu-qt 0.2.6-4
  •  asciidoc 8.6.9-1
  •  aspell 0.60.6.1-2
  •  attica 0.4.2-1
  •  attr 2.4.47-2
  •  autoconf 2.69-2
  •  automake 1.14.1-3
  •  avahi 0.6.31-10
  •  b43-fwcutter 019-1
  •  baloo 4.14.3-1
  •  baloo-widgets 4.14.3-1
  •  bash 4.3.030-1
  •  bash-completion 2.1-2
  •  bc 1.06.95-1
  •  bin86 0.16.21-1
  •  binutils 2.24-2
  •  bison 3.0.2-1
  •  bluedevil 2.1-1
  •  bluez 5.26-1
  •  bluez-firmware 1.2-7
  •  boost 1.56.0-2
  •  boost-libs 1.56.0-2
  •  btrfs-progs 3.17.3-1
  •  bzip2 1.0.6-6
  •  ca-certificates 20141019-1
  •  cairo 1.14.0-1
  •  calamares 0.7.20-1
  •  calligra-3rdparty 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-braindump 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-data 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-extras 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-filters 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-flow 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-handbook 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-interfaces 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-karbon 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-kexi 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-krita 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-bs 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-ca 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-cs 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-da 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-de 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-el 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-en_GB 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-es 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-et 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-fi 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-fr 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-gl 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-hu 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-it 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-ja 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-kk 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-nb 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-nds 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-nl 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-pl 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-pt 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-pt_BR 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-ru 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-sk 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-sl 2.8.3-1
  •  calligra-l10n-sv 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-uk 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-zh_CN 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-l10n-zh_TW 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-libs 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-pics 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-plan 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-plugins 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-servicetypes 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-sheets 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-stage 2.8.7-1
  •  calligra-words 2.8.7-1
  •  ccnet 3.1.4-1
  •  cdparanoia 10.2-3
  •  cdrdao 1.2.3-12
  •  cdrtools 3.01a25-1
  •  celt 0.11.3-2
  •  chmlib 0.40-3
  •  chromaprint 1.2-1
  •  cifs-utils 6.3-1
  •  clementine 1.2.3.88-1
  •  cln 1.3.3-1
  •  cloog 0.18.1-3
  •  clucene 2.3.3.4-7
  •  colord 1.2.7-1
  •  compositeproto 0.4.2-2
  •  coreutils 8.23-1
  •  cpupower 3.17-1
  •  cracklib 2.9.1-1
  •  crda 1.1.3-3
  •  cryptsetup 1.6.6-1
  •  cups 2.0.1-1
  •  cups-filters 1.0.61-3
  •  cups-pdf 2.6.1-1
  •  curl 7.39.0-1
  •  cyrus-sasl-plugins 2.1.26-1
  •  damageproto 1.2.1-2
  •  db 5.3.28-2
  •  dbus 1.8.12-1
  •  dbus-c++ 0.9.0-3
  •  dbus-glib 0.102-1
  •  dbus-python2 1.2.0-1
  •  dbus-python3 1.2.0-2
  •  dconf 0.20.0-2
  •  desktop-file-utils 0.22-1
  •  device-mapper 2.02.114-1
  •  dhcpcd 6.6.7-1
  •  dialog 1.2_20140911-1
  •  diffutils 3.3-2
  •  directfb 1.7.5-1
  •  djvulibre 3.5.25.3-2
  •  dmidecode 2.12-1
  •  dmxproto 2.3.1-2
  •  dnsutils 9.9.5-1
  •  docbook-xml 4.5-8
  •  docbook-xsl 1.78.1-2
  •  dosfstools 3.0.27-1
  •  dri2proto 2.8-3
  •  dri3proto 1.0-1
  •  dvd+rw-tools 7.1-4
  •  dvgrab 3.5-2
  •  e2fsprogs 1.42.12-1
  •  ebook-tools 0.2.2-1
  •  ed 1.10-1
  •  efibootmgr 0.11.0-1
  •  efivar 0.15-1
  •  elfutils 0.160-1
  •  emovix 0.9.0-7
  •  enca 1.16-1
  •  enchant 1.6.0-5
  •  epsoneplijs 0.4.1-1
  •  epson-inkjet-printer-escpr 1.2.3-1
  •  exiv2 0.24-1
  •  expat 2.1.0-3
  •  faac 1.28-4
  •  faad2 2.7-3
  •  fakeroot 1.20.2-1
  •  farstream 0.2.6-1
  •  ffmpeg 2.5.1-1
  •  fftw 3.3.4-1
  •  file 5.20-1
  •  filesystem 2014.08-2
  •  findutils 4.4.2-7
  •  fixesproto 5.0-3
  •  flac 1.3.1-1
  •  flattr-icons 0.9.19-1
  •  flex 2.5.39-1
  •  fluidsynth 1.1.6-4
  •  fontcacheproto 0.1.3-4
  •  fontconfig 2.11.1-2
  •  fontsproto 2.1.3-1
  •  foomatic-db 1:4.0_20141011-1
  •  foomatic-db-engine 1:4.0_20141011-1
  •  foomatic-filters 1:4.0_20141011-1
  •  freeglut 2.8.1-2
  •  freetype2 2.5.4-2
  •  frei0r-plugins 1.4-3
  •  fribidi 0.19.6-1
  •  fuse 2.9.3-2
  •  gamin 0.1.10-2
  •  gavl 1.4.0-3
  •  gawk 4.1.1-1
  •  gc 7.4.2-1
  •  gcc 4.9.2-1
  •  gcc-libs 4.9.2-1
  •  gd 2.1.0-2
  •  gdb 7.8.1-1
  •  gdbm 1.11-1
  •  gdk-pixbuf2 2.31.2-1
  •  gettext 0.19.3-1
  •  ghostscript 9.15-1
  •  giflib 5.1.0-1
  •  git 2.2.1-1
  •  glew 1.11.0-1
  •  glib2 2.40.0-1
  •  glibc 2.20-1
  •  glibmm 2.40.0-1
  •  glib-networking 2.38.2-1
  •  glproto 1.4.17-1
  •  glu 9.0.0-4
  •  gmp 6.0.0-1
  •  gnupg 2.1.1-1
  •  gnutls 3.3.11-1
  •  gobject-introspection 1.40.0-1
  •  gperf 3.0.4-6
  •  gpgme 1.5.3-1
  •  gpm 1.20.7-2
  •  gptfdisk 0.8.10-2
  •  grantlee 0.5.1-1
  •  graphite 1.2.4-1
  •  grep 2.21-1
  •  groff 1.22.3-2
  •  grub-bios 2.00-7
  •  grub-common 2.00-7
  •  grub-efi 2.00-7
  •  grub-theme-midna 1.1-1
  •  gsfonts 1.0.7pre44-5
  •  gsl 1.16-1
  •  gsm 1.0.13-2
  •  gst-libav 1.4.5-1
  •  gst-plugins-bad 1.4.5-1
  •  gst-plugins-base 1.4.5-1
  •  gst-plugins-good 1.4.5-1
  •  gst-plugins-ugly 1.4.5-1
  •  gstreamer 1.4.5-1
  •  guile 2.0.11-2
  •  gummiboot 45-2
  •  gutenprint 5.2.10-1
  •  gzip 1.6-3
  •  harfbuzz 0.9.37-1
  •  hdparm 9.45-1
  •  hicolor-icon-theme 0.13-1
  •  homerun 1.2.5-1
  •  hplip 3.14.10-1
  •  hspell 1.2-1
  •  hunspell 1.3.3-1
  •  hwdetect 2013.12-1
  •  hwids 20141214-1
  •  hwinfo 21.10-1
  •  iana-etc 2.30-4
  •  iasl 20140926-1
  •  icu 54.1-1
  •  ilmbase 2.1.0-1
  •  imagemagick 6.9.0.0-1
  •  imagewriter 1.10.8-1
  •  imlib2 1.4.6-2
  •  inetutils 1.9.2-1
  •  iniparser 3.1-1
  •  init-live 2014.06-2
  •  inputproto 2.3.1-1
  •  intel-ucode 20140913-1
  •  inxi 2.2.15-1
  •  iproute2 3.16.0-2
  •  iptables 1.4.21-1
  •  iputils 20121221-3
  •  ipw2100-fw 1.3-8
  •  ipw2200-fw 3.1-6
  •  isl 0.13-1
  •  isl3887usb-firmware 2.13.25.0-3
  •  isl3890-firmware 2.13.25.0-2
  •  iso-codes 3.52-1
  •  iw 3.17-1
  •  jack 0.124.1-2
  •  jansson 2.7-1
  •  jasper 1.900.1-9
  •  jfsutils 1.1.15-3
  •  js 17.0.0-1
  •  json-c 0.12-1
  •  k3b 2.0.3-1
  •  kactivities 4.13.3-5
  •  KaOS_wallpapers 2.2-1
  •  karchive 5.5.0-2
  •  kauth 5.5.0-2
  •  kbd 2.0.2-1
  •  kbproto 1.0.6-3
  •  kcmsystemd 0.7.0-3
  •  kcm-ufw 0.4.3-4
  •  kcodecs 5.5.0-2
  •  kconfig 5.5.0-2
  •  kconfigwidgets 5.5.0-2
  •  kcoreaddons 5.5.0-2
  •  kcp 0.32-1
  •  kcrash 5.5.0-2
  •  kdbusaddons 5.5.0-2
  •  kdeadmin-kcron 14.12.0-1
  •  kdeadmin-ksystemlog 14.12.0-1
  •  kdeadmin-kuser 14.12.0-1
  •  kdeadmin-print-manager 14.12.0-1
  •  kde-baseapps 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-baseapps-dolphin 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-baseapps-konsole 4.14.3-1
  •  kde-base-artwork 14.12.0-1
  •  kde-common 14.12.0-1
  •  kdeconnect-kde 0.7.3-1
  •  kdegames-kpat 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegames-libkdegames 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-gwenview 4.14.3-1
  •  kdegraphics-kgamma 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-ksaneplugin 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-ksnapshot 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-libkdcraw 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-libkexiv2 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-libkipi 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-libksane 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-mobipocket 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-okular 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-strigi-analyzer 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-svgpart 14.12.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-thumbnailers 14.12.0-1
  •  kde-gtk-config 2.2.1-4
  •  kde-kdm-themes-midna 2.0-1
  •  kde-ksplash-themes-midna 2.0.0-1
  •  kde-l10n-ar 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-bg 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-bs 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ca 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ca@valencia 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-cs 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-da 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-de 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-el 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-en_gb 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-es 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-et 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-eu 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-fa 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-fi 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-fr 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ga 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-gl 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-he 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-hi 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-hr 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-hu 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ia 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-id 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-is 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-it 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ja 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-kk 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-km 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ko 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-lt 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-lv 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-mr 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-nb 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-nds 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-nl 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-nn 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-pa 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-pl 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-pt 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-pt_BR 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ro 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ru 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-sk 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-sl 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-sr 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-sv 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-tr 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-ug 14.12.0-2
  •  kde-l10n-uk 14.12.0-2
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  •  xorg-util-macros 1.19.0-1
  •  xorg-utils 7.8-2
  •  xorg-xauth 1.0.9-1
  •  xorg-xinit 1.3.4-1
  •  xorg-xkb-utils 7.7-2
  •  xproto 7.0.26-1
  •  xvidcore 1.3.3-1
  •  xz 5.0.8-1
  •  yakuake 2.9.9-3
  •  yaml-cpp 0.5.1-2
  •  youtube-dl 2014.12.16.1-1
  •  zd1211-firmware 1.5-1
  •  zip 3.0-4
  •  zlib 1.2.8-2


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Version: 2017.02
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-10
Votes: 7


perfect desktop distro. No issues running it on my desktop for last couple of years. Surprising stability for a cutting edge rolling release distro.


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