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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:
 • 2019-02-28: Distribution Release: KaOS 2019.02
 • 2018-12-29: Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.12
 • 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
 • 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 2019.02 2018.12 2017.11
Release Date 2019-02-28 2018-12-28 2017-11-14
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2000-2100 1900-2000 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 2019.02 2018.12 2017.11

Full Package List:   KaOS 2018.10
  Number of packages: 925 (download as TXT)
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  •  a2ps 4.14-7
  •  aalib 1.4rc5-11
  •  accountsqt 1.15-4
  •  acl 2.2.53-1
  •  akonadi 18.08.2-1
  •  akonadi-contacts 18.08.2-1
  •  akonadi-mime 18.08.2-1
  •  alpm_octopi_utils 1.0.0-2
  •  alsa-firmware 1.0.29-3
  •  alsa-lib 1.1.6-1
  •  alsa-oss 1.1.6-1
  •  alsa-plugins 1.1.6-1
  •  alsa-utils 1.1.6-1
  •  argon2 20171227-1
  •  ark 18.08.2-1
  •  asciidoc 8.6.9-5
  •  aspell 0.60.6.1-7
  •  atk 2.28.1-1
  •  attr 2.4.48-1
  •  audiothumbs 0.2-2
  •  autoconf 2.69-5
  •  automake 1.16.1-1
  •  avahi 0.7-3
  •  b43-fwcutter 019-3
  •  baloo 5.51.0-1
  •  baloo-widgets 18.08.2-1
  •  bash 4.4.023-1
  •  bash-completion 2.8-1
  •  bc 1.07.1-1
  •  bin86 0.16.21-3
  •  binutils 2.30-2
  •  bison 3.1-1
  •  bluedevil 5.14.0-3
  •  bluez 5.50-1
  •  bluez-firmware 1.2-9
  •  bluez-qt 5.51.0-1
  •  boost-libs 1.68.0-1
  •  breeze 5.14.0-3
  •  breeze-gtk 5.14.0-3
  •  breeze-icons 5.51.0-1
  •  btrfs-progs 4.17.1-1
  •  bzip2 1.0.6-8
  •  ca-certificates 20180409-1
  •  cairo 1.15.14-1
  •  calamares 3.2.3-5
  •  calamares-debug 3.2.3-5
  •  calligra 3.1.0-9
  •  calligra-l10n 3.1.0-9
  •  cdparanoia 10.2-5
  •  cdrdao 1.2.4-1
  •  cdrtools 3.02a09-1
  •  celt 0.11.3-3
  •  chmlib 0.40-5
  •  chromaprint 1.4.2-1
  •  cifs-utils 6.8-1
  •  cln 1.3.4-2
  •  colord 1.4.3-1
  •  console-setup 1.167-1
  •  coreutils 8.30-1
  •  cpupower 4.18-1
  •  cracklib 2.9.4-2
  •  crda 3.18-2
  •  croeso 0.6.4-1
  •  cryptsetup 2.0.4-1
  •  cups 2.2.8-2
  •  cups-filters 1.21.3-1
  •  cups-pdf 3.0.1-1
  •  curl 7.61.1-1
  •  db 5.3.28-4
  •  dbus 1.12.10-1
  •  dbus-c++ 0.9.0-5
  •  dbus-glib 0.110-1
  •  dbus-python2 1.2.8-1
  •  dbus-python3 1.2.8-1
  •  dcadec 0.2.0-2
  •  dconf 0.28.0-1
  •  ddcutil 0.8.4-1
  •  desktop-file-utils 0.23-1
  •  device-mapper 2.02.181-1
  •  dhcpcd 7.0.8-1
  •  dialog 1:1.3_20180621-1
  •  diffutils 3.6-1
  •  discount 2.2.4-1
  •  djvulibre 3.5.27-3
  •  dmidecode 3.2-1
  •  dnsutils 9.13.3-1
  •  docbook-xml 4.5-10
  •  docbook-xsl 1.79.2-1
  •  dolphin 18.08.2-1
  •  dosfstools 4.1-1
  •  dotconf 1.3-3
  •  drkonqi 5.14.0-3
  •  dvd+rw-tools 7.1-6
  •  e2fsprogs 1.44.4-1
  •  ebook-tools 0.2.2-4
  •  ed 1.14.2-1
  •  efibootmgr 16-1
  •  efivar 35-1
  •  eigen3 3.3.5-1
  •  elfutils 0.173-1
  •  elisa 0.3.0-1
  •  emovix 0.9.0-10
  •  enca 1.19-2
  •  epson-inkjet-printer-escpr 1.6.30-1
  •  exiv2 0.26-1
  •  expat 2.2.6-1
  •  faac 1.29.9.2-1
  •  faad2 2.8.8-1
  •  fakeroot 1.20.2-4
  •  falkon 3.0.1-3
  •  farstream 0.2.8-2
  •  ffmpeg 3.4.4-2
  •  ffmpegthumbs 18.08.2-1
  •  fftw 3.3.8-1
  •  file 5.34-1
  •  filesystem 2018.01-2
  •  findutils 4.6.0-3
  •  flac 1.3.2-1
  •  flex 2.6.4-1
  •  fluidsynth 1.1.11-1
  •  fontconfig 1:2.13.1-1
  •  foomatic-db 1:4.0_20180830-1
  •  foomatic-db-engine 1:4.0_20180830-1
  •  frameworkintegration 5.51.0-1
  •  freecell-solver 4.20.0-1
  •  freeglut 3.0.0-2
  •  freetds 1.00.96-1
  •  freetype2 2.9.1-2
  •  fribidi 1.0.5-1
  •  fuse 2.9.8-1
  •  gamin 0.1.10-4
  •  gawk 4.2.1-1
  •  gc 7.6.4-1
  •  gcc 7.3.1-2
  •  gcc-libs 7.3.1-2
  •  gd 2.2.5-1
  •  gdb 8.2-3
  •  gdbm 1.18-1
  •  gdk-pixbuf2 2.36.12-3
  •  gettext 0.19.8.1-6
  •  ghostscript 1:9.25-1
  •  giflib 5.1.4-2
  •  git 2.19.1-1
  •  glew 2.1.0-1
  •  glib2 2.56.2-1
  •  glibc 2.27-1
  •  glibmm 2.56.0-1
  •  glib-networking 2.56.1-1
  •  glu 9.0.0-6
  •  gmic-qt 2.4.0-1
  •  gmp 6.1.2-3
  •  gnupg 2.2.10-1
  •  gnutls 3.5.19-2
  •  gobject-introspection 1.56.1-1
  •  gperf 3.1-1
  •  gpgme 1.12.0-1
  •  gpm 1.20.7-5
  •  gpsd 3.18-1
  •  gptfdisk 1.0.4-1
  •  grantlee 5.1.0-2
  •  graphite 1.3.12-1
  •  grep 3.1-1
  •  groff 1.22.3-14
  •  grub 2.02-3
  •  grub2-editor 0.8.1-1
  •  grub-theme-midna 3.1-1
  •  gsl 2.5-1
  •  gsm 1.0.17-1
  •  gst-libav 1.14.4-1
  •  gst-plugins-bad 1.14.4-2
  •  gst-plugins-base 1.14.4-1
  •  gst-plugins-good 1.14.4-1
  •  gstreamer 1.14.4-1
  •  gtk2 2.24.32-2
  •  gtk-update-icon-cache 3.24.1-1
  •  guile 2.0.14-1
  •  gutenprint 5.3.1-1
  •  gwenview 18.08.2-1
  •  gzip 1.9-1
  •  hardware-detection 20180618-1
  •  harfbuzz 1.9.0-1
  •  hdparm 9.56-1
  •  hicolor-icon-theme 0.17-1
  •  hplip 3.18.6-2
  •  hspell 1.4-1
  •  hunspell 1.6.2-2
  •  hwdetect 2016.01-2
  •  hwids 20180917-1
  •  hwinfo 21.58-1
  •  hyphen 2.8.8-4
  •  iana-etc 2.30-6
  •  iasl 20180810-1
  •  icu 62.1-1
  •  ilmbase 2.3.0-1
  •  imagemagick 6.9.10.12-1
  •  imlib2 1.4.10-1
  •  inetutils 1.9.4-6
  •  iniparser 4.1-1
  •  init-live 2017.03-2
  •  inxi 3.0.26-1
  •  iproute2 4.18.0-1
  •  iptables 1.8.0-1
  •  iputils 20180629-1
  •  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 4.1-1
  •  isowriter 1.2.4-1
  •  iw 4.14-1
  •  jack 0.125.0-3
  •  jansson 2.11-1
  •  jasper 2.0.14-1
  •  jfsutils 1.1.15-6
  •  js 17.0.0-5
  •  json-c 0.13.1-1
  •  jsoncpp 1.8.4-1
  •  k3b 1:18.08.2-1
  •  kaccounts-integration 18.08.2-1
  •  kaccounts-providers 18.08.2-1
  •  kactivities 5.51.0-1
  •  kactivities-stats 5.51.0-1
  •  kactivitymanagerd 5.14.0-3
  •  kamoso 18.08.2-1
  •  kaos-wallpapers 3.1-1
  •  kapidox 5.51.0-1
  •  karchive 5.51.0-1
  •  kate 18.08.2-1
  •  kauth 5.51.0-1
  •  kbd 2.0.4-1
  •  kbookmarks 5.51.0-1
  •  kcalcore 18.08.2-1
  •  kcharselect 18.08.2-1
  •  kcmutils 5.51.0-1
  •  kcodecs 5.51.0-1
  •  kcompletion 5.51.0-1
  •  kconfig 5.51.0-1
  •  kconfigwidgets 5.51.0-1
  •  kcontacts 18.08.2-1
  •  kcoreaddons 5.51.0-1
  •  kcp 0.90.3-1
  •  kcrash 5.51.0-1
  •  kdbusaddons 5.51.0-1
  •  kdeclarative 5.51.0-1
  •  kde-cli-tools 5.14.0-3
  •  kde-common 18.08.1-1
  •  kdeconnect-kde 1:1.3.1-1
  •  kdecoration 5.14.0-3
  •  kded 5.51.0-1
  •  kdegraphics-mobipocket 18.08.2-1
  •  kdegraphics-thumbnailers 18.08.2-1
  •  kde-gtk-config 5.14.0-3
  •  kdelibs4support 5.51.0-1
  •  kdeplasma-addons 5.14.0-3
  •  kdesdk-thumbnailers 18.08.2-1
  •  kdesignerplugin 5.51.0-1
  •  kdesu 5.51.0-1
  •  kdewebkit 5.51.0-1
  •  kdiagram 2.6.1-1
  •  kdialog 18.08.2-1
  •  kdnssd 5.51.0-1
  •  kdoctools 5.51.0-1
  •  kdsoap 1.6.0-1
  •  keditbookmarks 18.08.2-1
  •  kemoticons 5.51.0-1
  •  keneric 0.3-2
  •  keyutils 1.5.11-1
  •  kf5-attica 5.51.0-1
  •  kfilemetadata 5.51.0-1
  •  kfind 18.08.2-1
  •  kget 18.08.2-1
  •  kglobalaccel 5.51.0-1
  •  kgpg 18.08.2-1
  •  kguiaddons 5.51.0-1
  •  khd-nvidia-340xx 340.107-5
  •  khd-nvidia-390xx 390.87-3
  •  khd-nvidia 396.54-3
  •  khelpcenter 18.08.2-1
  •  kholidays 1:5.51.0-1
  •  khotkeys 5.14.0-3
  •  khtml 5.51.0-1
  •  ki18n 5.51.0-1
  •  kiconthemes 5.51.0-1
  •  kidletime 5.51.0-1
  •  kimageformats 5.51.0-1
  •  kinfocenter 5.14.0-3
  •  kinit 5.51.0-1
  •  kio 5.51.0-1
  •  kio-extras 18.08.2-1
  •  kipi-plugins 5.9.0-2
  •  kirigami 5.51.0-1
  •  kitemmodels 5.51.0-1
  •  kitemviews 5.51.0-1
  •  kjobwidgets 5.51.0-1
  •  kjs 5.51.0-1
  •  kjsembed 5.51.0-1
  •  kmarkdownwebview 0.5.3-1
  •  kmediaplayer 5.51.0-1
  •  kmenuedit 5.14.0-3
  •  kmime 18.08.2-1
  •  kmod 25-1
  •  knewstuff 5.51.0-1
  •  knotifications 5.51.0-2
  •  knotifyconfig 5.51.0-1
  •  kompare 18.08.2-1
  •  konsole 18.08.2-1
  •  kpackage 5.51.0-1
  •  kparts 5.51.0-1
  •  kpat 18.08.2-1
  •  kpeople 5.51.0-1
  •  kplotting 5.51.0-1
  •  kpmcore 3.3.0-1
  •  kpmcore-debug 3.3.0-1
  •  kproperty 3.1.0-1
  •  kpty 5.51.0-1
  •  krb5 1.16.1-1
  •  kreport 3.1.0-1
  •  krita 4.1.5-1
  •  kross 5.51.0-1
  •  krunner 5.51.0-1
  •  kscreen 5.14.0-3
  •  kscreenlocker 5.14.0-3
  •  kservice 5.51.0-1
  •  ksshaskpass 5.14.0-3
  •  ksysguard 5.14.0-3
  •  ktexteditor 5.51.0-1
  •  ktextwidgets 5.51.0-1
  •  ktp-accounts-kcm 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-approver 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-auth-handler 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-call-ui 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-common-internals 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-contact-list 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-contact-runner 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-desktop-applets 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-filetransfer-handler 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-kded-module 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-send-file 18.08.2-1
  •  ktp-text-ui 18.08.2-1
  •  kunitconversion 5.51.0-1
  •  kwallet 5.51.0-1
  •  kwalletmanager 18.08.2-1
  •  kwallet-pam 5.14.0-3
  •  kwayland 5.51.0-1
  •  kwidgetsaddons 5.51.0-1
  •  kwin 5.14.0-3
  •  kwindowsystem 5.51.0-1
  •  kxmlgui 5.51.0-1
  •  kxmlrpcclient 1:5.51.0-1
  •  lame 3.100-1
  •  lcms 1.19-6
  •  lcms2 2.9-1
  •  ldb 1:1.4.2-1
  •  less 530-1
  •  libaccounts-glib 1.23-1
  •  libaio 0.3.111-1
  •  libao 1.2.2-1
  •  libarchive 3.3.3-1
  •  libass 0.14.0-2
  •  libassuan 2.5.1-1
  •  libasyncns 0.8-4
  •  libatasmart 0.19-4
  •  libatomic_ops 7.6.6-1
  •  libavc1394 0.5.4-4
  •  libblockdev 2.20-1
  •  libbluray 1.0.2-1
  •  libbsd 0.8.7-1
  •  libburn 1.5.0-1
  •  libbytesize 1.4-1
  •  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 0.6.12-4
  •  libcups 2.2.8-2
  •  libdaemon 0.14-5
  •  libdatrie 0.2.12-1
  •  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 1.1.4-1
  •  libdrm 2.4.95-1
  •  libdv 1.0.0-6
  •  libdvdnav 6.0.0-1
  •  libdvdread 6.0.0-1
  •  libedit 20180525_3.1-1
  •  libepoxy 1.5.3-1
  •  libetonyek 0.1.8-2
  •  libevdev 1.5.9-1
  •  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 1.8.3-3
  •  libgl 18.2.2-1
  •  libgme 0.6.2-1
  •  libgpg-error 1.32-1
  •  libgphoto2 2.5.19-1
  •  libgsf 1.14.44-1
  •  libgssglue 0.4-5
  •  libgudev 232-3
  •  libgusb 0.2.11-2
  •  libical 1:3.0.4-1
  •  libice 1.0.9-3
  •  libid3tag 0.15.1b-7
  •  libidn 1.35-1
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Version: 2019.02
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-16
Votes: 0


KaOS, a distribution designed for lovers of an Operating System with the best of the GNU / Linux world.

A light distribution and at the same time powerful and safe.

With a beautiful desktop with KDE and the most popular applications designed under Qt5.

I'm happy using it on my old laptop. I recommend it to everyone.


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Version: 2019.02
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-03-09
Votes: 1


The most attractive KDE distro I've ever seen.

People talk about the bar being on the side but there is a good reason for that, it extends the amount of vertical screen real estate, consuming the wide screen format that most people have instead.

I found the performance decent, but did see some visual glitches when dragging windows (using Nvidia driver). The developer/maintainer has very strong opinions about how this distro should be designed. This is generally good as he focuses on specific issues. The only drawback to me is that because he will not support 32-bit libs it does make some gaming more difficult, but it too can be overcome with flatpak... and there is a 64 bit version of wine in the repo, so I can install my 64-bit windows games...

But again... I am a pretty devout GNOME user, with a side of XFCE (MX Linux anyone?) and have, with the exception of I think it was KDE3, never really been fond of KDE. KaOS makes me question my preferences. It is gorgeous.


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Version: 2019.02
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-03-05
Votes: 0


The taskbar being on the right is silly, but easily fixed. The bootloader did not install, so I use Manjaro’s and it works well. Abiword is not availible. If it was not for these issues, this distro might beat out Manjaro with its newer KDE and kernel, but comes in second place behind Manjaro.



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