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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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KaOS Summary
Distribution KaOS
Home Page http://kaosx.us/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-10-14: Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.10
 • 2018-06-25: Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.06
 • 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
 • 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
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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 2018.10 2017.11 2016.11
Release Date 2018-10-14 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 2018.10 2017.11 2016.11

Full Package List:   KaOS 2018.03
  Number of packages: 925 (download as TXT)
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  •  a2ps 4.14-7
  •  aalib 1.4rc5-11
  •  accountsqt 1.15-4
  •  acl 2.2.52-4
  •  akonadi 17.12.2-2
  •  akonadi-contacts 17.12.2-1
  •  akonadi-mime 17.12.2-1
  •  alpm_octopi_utils 1.0.0-1
  •  alsa-firmware 1.0.29-3
  •  alsa-lib 1.1.5-1
  •  alsa-oss 1.0.28-4
  •  alsa-plugins 1.1.5-1
  •  alsa-utils 1.1.5-1
  •  ark 17.12.2-1
  •  asciidoc 8.6.9-5
  •  aspell 0.60.6.1-7
  •  atk 2.26.1-1
  •  attr 2.4.47-4
  •  audiothumbs 0.2-2
  •  autoconf 2.69-5
  •  automake 1.16-1
  •  avahi 0.7-2
  •  b43-fwcutter 019-3
  •  baloo 5.43.0-1
  •  baloo-widgets 17.12.2-1
  •  bash 4.4.019-1
  •  bash-completion 2.7-2
  •  bc 1.07.1-1
  •  bin86 0.16.21-3
  •  binutils 2.30-1
  •  bison 3.0.4-3
  •  bluedevil 5.12.2-1
  •  bluez 5.48-1
  •  bluez-firmware 1.2-9
  •  bluez-qt 5.43.0-1
  •  boost-libs 1.66.0-1
  •  breeze 5.12.2-1
  •  breeze-gtk 5.12.2-1
  •  breeze-icons 5.43.0-1
  •  btrfs-progs 4.15.1-1
  •  bzip2 1.0.6-8
  •  ca-certificates 20170717-1
  •  cairo 1.14.12-2
  •  calamares 3.1.100-2
  •  calamares-debug 3.1.100-2
  •  calligra 3.1.0-1
  •  calligra-l10n 3.1.0-1
  •  ccnet 6.1.4-1
  •  cdparanoia 10.2-5
  •  cdrdao 1.2.3-13
  •  cdrtools 3.02a09-1
  •  celt 0.11.3-3
  •  chmlib 0.40-5
  •  chromaprint 1.4.2-1
  •  cifs-utils 6.7-1
  •  cln 1.3.4-2
  •  colord 1.4.1-1
  •  console-setup 1.167-1
  •  coreutils 8.29-1
  •  cpupower 4.14-1
  •  cracklib 2.9.4-2
  •  crda 3.18-2
  •  cryptsetup 2.0.1-1
  •  cups 2.2.6-2
  •  cups-filters 1.20.1-1
  •  cups-pdf 3.0.1-1
  •  curl 7.58.0-2
  •  db 5.3.28-4
  •  dbus 1.12.6-1
  •  dbus-c++ 0.9.0-5
  •  dbus-glib 0.110-1
  •  dbus-python2 1.2.6-1
  •  dbus-python3 1.2.6-1
  •  dcadec 0.2.0-2
  •  dconf 0.26.1-2
  •  ddcutil 0.8.4-1
  •  desktop-file-utils 0.23-1
  •  device-mapper 2.02.177-1
  •  dhcpcd 7.0.1-1
  •  dialog 1:1.3_20171209-1
  •  diffutils 3.6-1
  •  discount 2.2.3-1
  •  djvulibre 3.5.27-3
  •  dmidecode 3.1-1
  •  dnsutils 9.12.0-1
  •  docbook-xml 4.5-10
  •  docbook-xsl 1.79.2-1
  •  dolphin 17.12.2-1
  •  dosfstools 4.1-1
  •  dotconf 1.3-3
  •  drkonqi 5.12.2-1
  •  dvd+rw-tools 7.1-6
  •  e2fsprogs 1.43.9-1
  •  ebook-tools 0.2.2-4
  •  ed 1.14.2-1
  •  efibootmgr 15-1
  •  efivar 34-1
  •  eigen3 3.3.4-1
  •  elfutils 0.170-1
  •  elisa 0.0.81-1
  •  emovix 0.9.0-10
  •  enca 1.19-2
  •  epson-inkjet-printer-escpr 1.6.18-1
  •  exiv2 0.26-1
  •  expat 2.2.5-1
  •  faac 1.29.9.2-1
  •  faad2 2.8.8-1
  •  fakeroot 1.20.2-4
  •  falkon 3.0.0-2
  •  farstream 0.2.8-2
  •  ffmpeg 3.4.2-2
  •  ffmpegthumbs 17.12.2-1
  •  fftw 3.3.6-2
  •  file 5.32-1
  •  filesystem 2018.01-2
  •  findutils 4.6.0-3
  •  flac 1.3.2-1
  •  flex 2.6.4-1
  •  fluidsynth 1.1.9-1
  •  fontconfig 1:2.12.6-1
  •  foomatic-db 1:4.0_20180104-1
  •  foomatic-db-engine 1:4.0_20180104-1
  •  frameworkintegration 5.43.0-1
  •  freeglut 3.0.0-2
  •  freetds 1.00.54-1
  •  freetype2 2.9-1
  •  fribidi 1.0.1-1
  •  fuse 2.9.7-1
  •  gamin 0.1.10-4
  •  gawk 4.2.1-1
  •  gc 7.6.4-1
  •  gcc 7.3.0-1
  •  gcc-libs 7.3.0-1
  •  gconf 3.2.6-10
  •  gd 2.2.5-1
  •  gdb 8.1-1
  •  gdbm 1.14.1-1
  •  gdk-pixbuf2 2.36.11-2
  •  gettext 0.19.8.1-5
  •  ghostscript 1:9.22-1
  •  giflib 5.1.4-2
  •  gist 4.6.2-1
  •  git 2.16.2-1
  •  glew 2.1.0-1
  •  glib2 2.54.3-2
  •  glibc 2.26-1
  •  glibmm 2.54.1-2
  •  glib-networking 2.54.1-1
  •  glu 9.0.0-6
  •  gmic-qt 2.2.0-1
  •  gmp 6.1.2-2
  •  gnupg 2.2.5-1
  •  gnutls 3.5.18-1
  •  gobject-introspection 1.52.1-1
  •  gperf 3.1-1
  •  gpgme 1.10.0-1
  •  gpm 1.20.7-5
  •  gpsd 3.17-1
  •  gptfdisk 1.0.3-2
  •  grantlee 5.1.0-2
  •  graphite 1.3.10-1
  •  grep 3.1-1
  •  groff 1.22.3-12
  •  grub 2.02-2
  •  grub2-editor 0.7.0-4
  •  grub-theme-midna 3.0-1
  •  gsl 2.4-1
  •  gsm 1.0.17-1
  •  gst-libav 1.12.4-1
  •  gst-plugins-bad 1.12.4-2
  •  gst-plugins-base 1.12.4-1
  •  gst-plugins-good 1.12.4-2
  •  gstreamer 1.12.4-1
  •  gtk2 2.24.32-1
  •  gtk-update-icon-cache 3.22.28-1
  •  guile 2.0.14-1
  •  gutenprint 5.2.13-1
  •  gwenview 17.12.2-1
  •  gzip 1.9-1
  •  hardware-detection 20180215-1
  •  harfbuzz 1.7.5-1
  •  hdparm 9.54-1
  •  hicolor-icon-theme 0.17-1
  •  hplip 3.17.11-1
  •  hspell 1.4-1
  •  hunspell 1.6.2-2
  •  hwdetect 2016.01-2
  •  hwids 20171003-1
  •  hwinfo 21.52-1
  •  hyphen 2.8.8-4
  •  iana-etc 2.30-6
  •  iasl 20180209-1
  •  icu 60.2-1
  •  ilmbase 2.2.1-1
  •  imagemagick 6.9.9.36-1
  •  imlib2 1.4.10-1
  •  inetutils 1.9.4-6
  •  iniparser 4.0-1
  •  init-live 2017.03-2
  •  inxi 2.3.56-1
  •  iproute2 4.15.0-1
  •  iptables 1.6.2-1
  •  iputils 20161105-1
  •  ipw2100-fw 1.3-10
  •  ipw2200-fw 3.1-8
  •  isl3887usb-firmware 2.13.25.0-5
  •  isl3890-firmware 2.13.25.0-5
  •  iso-codes 3.76-1
  •  isowriter 1.2.2-1
  •  iw 4.14-1
  •  jack 0.125.0-2
  •  jansson 2.11-1
  •  jasper 2.0.14-1
  •  jfsutils 1.1.15-5
  •  js 17.0.0-5
  •  json-c 0.12.1-1
  •  jsoncpp 1.8.4-1
  •  k3b 1:17.12.2-1
  •  kaccounts-integration 17.12.2-1
  •  kaccounts-providers 17.12.2-1
  •  kactivities 5.43.0-1
  •  kactivities-stats 5.43.0-1
  •  kactivitymanagerd 5.12.2-1
  •  kamoso 3.2.4-1
  •  kaos-wallpapers 3.0-1
  •  kapidox 5.43.0-1
  •  kaptan 5.4.6-1
  •  karchive 5.43.0-1
  •  kate 17.12.2-1
  •  kauth 5.43.0-1
  •  kbd 2.0.4-1
  •  kbookmarks 5.43.0-1
  •  kcalcore 17.12.2-1
  •  kcharselect 17.12.2-1
  •  kcmutils 5.43.0-1
  •  kcodecs 5.43.0-1
  •  kcompletion 5.43.0-1
  •  kconfig 5.43.0-1
  •  kconfigwidgets 5.43.0-1
  •  kcontacts 17.12.2-1
  •  kcoreaddons 5.43.0-1
  •  kcp 0.90.1-1
  •  kcrash 5.43.0-1
  •  kdbusaddons 5.43.0-1
  •  kdeclarative 5.43.0-1
  •  kde-cli-tools 5.12.2-1
  •  kde-common 17.12.2-1
  •  kdeconnect-kde 1:1.2.1-1
  •  kdecoration 5.12.2-1
  •  kded 5.43.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-mobipocket 17.12.2-1
  •  kdegraphics-thumbnailers 17.12.2-1
  •  kde-gtk-config 5.12.2-1
  •  kdelibs4support 5.43.0-1
  •  kdeplasma-addons 5.12.2-1
  •  kdesdk-thumbnailers 17.12.2-1
  •  kdesignerplugin 5.43.0-1
  •  kdesu 5.43.0-1
  •  kdewebkit 5.43.0-1
  •  kdiagram 2.6.0-1
  •  kdialog 17.12.2-1
  •  kdnssd 5.43.0-1
  •  kdoctools 5.43.0-1
  •  kdsoap 1.6.0-1
  •  keditbookmarks 17.12.2-1
  •  kemoticons 5.43.0-1
  •  keneric 0.3-2
  •  keyutils 1.5.10-1
  •  kf5-attica 5.43.0-1
  •  kfilemetadata 5.43.0-1
  •  kfind 17.12.2-1
  •  kget 17.12.2-1
  •  kglobalaccel 5.43.0-1
  •  kgpg 17.12.2-1
  •  kguiaddons 5.43.0-1
  •  khd-nvidia-340xx 340.106-4
  •  khd-nvidia 390.25-4
  •  khelpcenter 17.12.2-1
  •  kholidays 1:5.43.0-1
  •  khotkeys 5.12.2-1
  •  khtml 5.43.0-1
  •  ki18n 5.43.0-1
  •  kiconthemes 5.43.0-1
  •  kidletime 5.43.0-1
  •  kimageformats 5.43.0-1
  •  kinfocenter 5.12.2-1
  •  kinit 5.43.0-1
  •  kio 5.43.0-2
  •  kio-extras 17.12.2-1
  •  kipi-plugins 5.8.0-2
  •  kirigami 5.43.0-1
  •  kitemmodels 5.43.0-1
  •  kitemviews 5.43.0-1
  •  kjobwidgets 5.43.0-1
  •  kjs 5.43.0-1
  •  kjsembed 5.43.0-1
  •  kmarkdownwebview 0.5.1-1
  •  kmediaplayer 5.43.0-1
  •  kmenuedit 5.12.2-1
  •  kmime 17.12.2-1
  •  kmod 25-1
  •  knewstuff 5.43.0-1
  •  knotifications 5.43.0-1
  •  knotifyconfig 5.43.0-1
  •  kompare 17.12.2-1
  •  konsole 17.12.2-1
  •  kpackage 5.43.0-1
  •  kparts 5.43.0-1
  •  kpat 17.12.2-1
  •  kpeople 5.43.0-1
  •  kplotting 5.43.0-1
  •  kpmcore 3.3.0-1
  •  kpmcore-debug 3.3.0-1
  •  kproperty 3.0.2-1
  •  kpty 5.43.0-1
  •  krb5 1.16-1
  •  kreport 3.0.2-1
  •  krita 3.3.3-1
  •  kross 5.43.0-1
  •  kruler 17.12.2-1
  •  krunner 5.43.0-1
  •  kscreen 5.12.2-1
  •  kscreenlocker 5.12.2-1
  •  kservice 5.43.0-1
  •  ksshaskpass 5.12.2-1
  •  ksysguard 5.12.2-1
  •  ktexteditor 5.43.0-1
  •  ktextwidgets 5.43.0-1
  •  ktp-accounts-kcm 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-approver 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-auth-handler 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-call-ui 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-common-internals 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-contact-list 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-contact-runner 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-desktop-applets 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-filetransfer-handler 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-kded-module 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-send-file 17.12.2-1
  •  ktp-text-ui 17.12.2-1
  •  kunitconversion 5.43.0-1
  •  kwallet 5.43.0-1
  •  kwalletmanager 17.12.2-1
  •  kwallet-pam 5.12.2-1
  •  kwayland 5.43.0-1
  •  kwidgetsaddons 5.43.0-1
  •  kwin 5.12.2-1
  •  kwindowsystem 5.43.0-1
  •  kxmlgui 5.43.0-1
  •  kxmlrpcclient 1:5.43.0-1
  •  lame 3.100-1
  •  lcms 1.19-6
  •  lcms2 2.9-1
  •  ldb 1:1.3.1-1
  •  less 530-1
  •  libaccounts-glib 1.23-1
  •  libaio 0.3.110-2
  •  libao 1.2.2-1
  •  libarchive 3.3.2-1
  •  libass 0.14.0-2
  •  libassuan 2.5.1-1
  •  libasyncns 0.8-4
  •  libatasmart 0.19-4
  •  libatomic_ops 7.6.2-1
  •  libavc1394 0.5.4-4
  •  libblockdev 2.16-2
  •  libbluray 1.0.2-1
  •  libbsd 0.8.7-1
  •  libburn 1.4.8-1
  •  libbytesize 1.2-1
  •  libcaca 0.99.beta19-3
  •  libcanberra 0.30-3
  •  libcap 2.25-2
  •  libcddb 1.3.2-6
  •  libcdio 2.0.0-1
  •  libcdio-paranoia 10.2.3-3
  •  libcl 1.1.12-1
  •  libconfig 1.7.2-1
  •  libcroco 0.6.12-3
  •  libcups 2.2.6-2
  •  libdaemon 0.14-5
  •  libdatrie 0.2.10-2
  •  libdbusmenu-qt5 0.9.3+16.04.20160218-3
  •  libdca 0.0.5-5
  •  libdiscid 0.6.2-1
  •  libdmtx 0.7.4-5
  •  libdmx 1.1.3-3
  •  libdrm 2.4.90-1
  •  libdv 1.0.0-6
  •  libdvdnav 6.0.0-1
  •  libdvdread 6.0.0-1
  •  libedit 20170329_3.1-1
  •  libepoxy 1.5.0-1
  •  libetonyek 0.1.7-2
  •  libevdev 1.5.8-1
  •  libevent 2.1.8-1
  •  libexif 0.6.21-4
  •  libfakekey 0.1-2
  •  libffado 2.4.1-1
  •  libffi 3.2.1-5
  •  libfontenc 1.1.3-3
  •  libgcrypt 1.8.2-1
  •  libgl 17.3.6-1
  •  libgme 0.6.1-1
  •  libgpg-error 1.27-1
  •  libgphoto2 2.5.16-1
  •  libgsf 1.14.42-1
  •  libgssglue 0.4-5
  •  libgudev 232-2
  •  libgusb 0.2.11-2
  •  libical 1:3.0.2-1
  •  libice 1.0.9-3
  •  libid3tag 0.15.1b-7
  •  libidn 1.33-1
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  •  yakuake 3.0.4-2
  •  yaml-cpp 0.6.1-1
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Version: 2018.10
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-11-07
Votes: 1


i installed it on a 9y old i5 vaio laptop, no problems so far, runs smooth, no heating issues compared to other distros and it's fast.Pure kde with all its goodies in an independent, rollin distro, and one of the most polished out there.I understand people complaining about the default right panel or the position of toolbar in the dolphin manager, but it's easy to change them with a couple of clicks.If you re in love with kde, you definitely gonna love Kaos.


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Version: 2018.10
Rating: 2
Date: 2018-10-24
Votes: 0


I'm not sure what changed between versions but it installed perfectly as a VM before 2018.10. Octopi, which I could barely see, updated the software after a fresh installation. Upon reboot it reverted to a small window. I reinstalled the Guest Additions, currently 5.2.20, without success.

As others have stated, the menu screen on the right is horrible.This needs attention immediately!

The only Pro was the first hour which 1/2 of that was getting it configured to my personal taste. Once the updates completed it was slow to respond to my commands and I lost the full screen image in VirtualBox.

It looked so promising, so I installed Debian 9.5.0 and added some Flatpaks, to the 2 versions behind O/S, so it wasn't a total loss, and in the end I learned about Flatpaks and Snaps.

Debian, which was my distro of choice has new life! Check out Flatpaks and Snaps and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.


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Version: 2018.10
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-10-15
Votes: 0


I really like the KDE desktop, however, the install on this is useless as it does not give you an option at install to chose English GB. I hate the menu on the right-hand side it is annoying to say the least and is a nightmare trying to drop it to the bottom. Something such as this should be an easy option to perform. This does nothing to encourage Windows users to switch to Linux.

I love the look and feel of KDE but this OS fails to impress with its usability. Libre office should be installed by default which it is not.

So many things that are annoying with it that should be easy to change. I will stick with my Windows install for the moment.



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