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Last Update: 2018-05-01 12:21 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.



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Average visitor rating: 7.84/10 from 25 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
Documentation --
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://kaosx.us/download/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/KaOSx/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-03-06: Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.03
 • 2018-01-20: Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.01
 • 2017-11-15: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.11
 • 2017-09-02: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.09
 • 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
 • 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...

Table Notes and Explanations
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  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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.

Feature 2018.04 2017.11 2016.11
Release Date 2018-05-01 2017-11-14 2016-11-07
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1800-1900 1700-1800  
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite Calligra Calligra Calligra
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 2018.04 2017.11 2016.11
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.6 1.1.4.1 1.1.2
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.1) -- -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.87) -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.7 2.2.6 2.2.1
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.44.1 1.43.7 1.43.3
firefox (60.0.2) -- -- --
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9 2.8 2.6.5
gcc (8.1.0) 7.3.0 6.4.0 5.4.0
gimp (2.10.2) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.25 2.23
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.01.81
gtk+ (3.22.30) -- 2.24.31 --
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.2) 18.04.0 17.08.3 2.9.92
kmod (25) 25 24 23
krita (4.0.4) 4.0.1 3.3.2.1 3.0.1.1
libreoffice (6.0.5) -- -- --
linux (4.17.2) 4.15.7 4.13.12 4.8.6
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.7) 10.1.32 10.1.28 10.1.18
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- --
mesa (18.1.2) 17.3.9 17.2.5 13.0.0
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (396.24) 390.48 381.22 367.35
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.7p1 7.6p1 7.3p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2o 1.0.2m 1.0.2j
perl (5.26.2) 5.26.2 5.26.1 5.22.2
php (7.2.7) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.1) 5.12.2 5.11.3 5.8.3
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 3.6.5 3.6.1 3.5.2
qt (5.11.1) 5.10.1 5.9.2 5.7.0
samba (4.8.2) 4.7.7 4.7.1 4.5.1
systemd (239) 238 235 232
thunderbird (52.8.0) -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 8.0
vlc (3.0.3) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.6 1.19.5 1.18.4

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Version: 2018.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-18
Votes: 3


Credible alternative to Arch. And in my opinion, better than the new insipid Arch derivatives.


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Version: 2018.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-07
Votes: 4



Awesome KDE/Qt only Distro, running on a brand-new Ryzen 1800X.

Repos have just the right amount of packages required by an average user.

Very fast, just 2s boot-up times.

Regular, painfree, weekly updates, no weird breakage, running stable since 6 months.

No dependency hell like in debian based distros; very, very finely integrated system.

Best HiDPI experience on a 4K display, even better than OpenSUSE, *buntus.




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Version: 2018.04
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-06-02
Votes: 0


Not ready for use

First install attempt failed to grub error 'Unknown file-system' using default settings

I updated all 200+ packages (another 700MB+, despite the last image being only 6 weeks old!), and tried again, same error

I looked on the forums, and this is apparently a bug which has already been reported (weeks ago)

The post there says that the problem is with the XFS file-system (which is the default in this distro)

So I tried again and selected the 'Manual Partition' option to use ext4, which reported installation success, but on the first boot into the new system,

ERROR: Root device mounted successfully, but /sbin/init does not exist. Bailing out, you are on your own. Good Luck

Which is a shame, cause it looks fantastic, and I wanted a rolling distro with KDE, so this seemed a perfect fit for me, but I can't even install it.

If this is the current state of the installer, I can only imagine that every time there's an updated package you get to spend weeks treading through forum posts to try to get the system working again. I gave up on Gentoo because I wanted a system that I can use, not a constant 'learning opportunity', but it looks like KaOS is more of the same


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