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KaOS

Last Update: 2019-03-02 15:10 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: 58 (183), 6 months: 60 (195), 3 months: 57 (213), 4 weeks: 47 (262), 1 week: 96 (114)

Average visitor rating: 7.84/10 from 37 review(s).


KaOS Summary
Distribution KaOS
Home Page http://kaosx.us/
Mailing Lists https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/kaos-general
User Forums https://forum.kaosx.us/
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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:
 • 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
 • 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 2019.02 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Release Date 2019-02-28 2018-12-28 2017-11-14 2016-11-07 2015-11-24 2014-12-26
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 2000-2100 1900-2000 1700-1800      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems            
Multilingual de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 2019.02 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Package 2019.02 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.8 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.7) -- -- -- -- -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.86) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.10 2.2.10 2.2.6 2.2.1 2.1.0 2.0.1
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.5 1.44.5 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12
firefox (66.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.8 2.6.5 2.6.1 2.5.4
gcc (8.3.0) 7.4.0 7.4.0 6.4.0 5.4.0 4.9.3 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.27 2.27 2.25 2.23 2.21 2.20
gnome-shell (3.32.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.01.81 2.02beta 2.00
gtk+ (3.24.7) 2.24.32 2.24.32 2.24.31 -- -- --
httpd (2.4.38) -- -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (18.12.3) 18.12.2 18.12.0 17.08.3 2.9.92 2.9.90 2.0.3
kmod (26) 26 25 24 23 22 19
krita (4.1.8) 4.1.7 4.1.7 3.3.2.1 3.0.1.1 2.9.93 2.8.7
libreoffice (6.2.1) 6.2.0 -- -- -- -- --
linux (5.0.3) 4.20.13 4.19.12 4.13.12 4.8.6 4.2.6 3.17.7
Package 2019.02 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.13) 10.1.38 10.1.37 10.1.28 10.1.18 -- 5.5.41
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (19.0.0) 18.3.4 18.3.1 17.2.5 13.0.0 11.0.5 10.4.0
mysql (8.0.15) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (418.43) 418.43 396.54 381.22 367.35 352.63 343.36
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (12) -- -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.6p1 7.3p1 7.1p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.1.1b 1.1.1a 1.0.2m 1.0.2j 1.0.2d 1.0.1j
perl (5.28.1) 5.28.1 5.28.1 5.26.1 5.22.2 5.22.0 5.20.1
php (7.3.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.3) 5.15.2 5.14.4 5.11.3 5.8.3 5.4.3 --
postfix (3.4.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.2) 10.7 -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.7.2) 3.7.2 3.6.7 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.2
qt (5.12.2) 5.12.1 5.12.0 5.9.2 5.7.0 5.5.1 4.8.6
samba (4.10.0) 4.9.4 4.9.4 4.7.1 4.5.1 4.3.1 4.1.14
systemd (241) 239 239 235 232 228 218
thunderbird (60.6.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.6) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.4 1.20.3 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.16.3

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
7.8
from 37 review(s)



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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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