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Last Update: 2023-04-21 00:47 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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 • 2023-02-14: Distribution Release: KaOS 2023.02
 • 2022-10-07: Distribution Release: KaOS 2022.10
 • 2022-06-22: Distribution Release: KaOS 2022.06
 • 2022-04-29: Distribution Release: KaOS 2022.04
 • 2022-02-14: Distribution Release: KaOS 2022.02
 • 2021-10-14: Distribution Release: KaOS 2021.10
 • 2021-08-18: Distribution Release: KaOS 2021.08
 • 2021-06-29: Distribution Release: KaOS 2021.06
 • 2021-04-27: Distribution Release: KaOS 2021.04
 • 2021-01-15: Distribution Release: KaOS 2021.01
 • 2020-09-23: Distribution Release: KaOS 2020.09
 • 2020-07-18: Distribution Release: KaOS 2020.07
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 • 2023-04-23 KaOS previews KDE Plasma 6
 • 2022-08-18 KaOS removes final Python 2 packages and PulseAudio
 • 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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Feature 2023.04 2022.12 2021.10 2020.11 2019.10 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12 Feature
Release Date 2023-04-20 2022-12-10 2021-10-14 2020-11-21 2019-10-31 2018-12-28 2017-11-14 2016-11-07 2015-11-24 2014-12-26 Release Date
End Of Life                     End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 3000-3100 3100-3200 2600-2700 1800-1900 2100-2200 1900-2000 1700-1800       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Default Desktop
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Init Software
Journaled File Systems                     Journaled File Systems
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Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2023.04 2022.12 2021.10 2020.11 2019.10 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12 Full Package List
Package 2023.04 2022.12 2021.10 2020.11 2019.10 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.8 1.2.8 1.2.5.1 1.2.4 1.1.9 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.28 alsa-lib (1.2.9)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.15) 5.2 5.2 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 bash (5.2.15)
bind (9.18.15) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.15)
chromium (114.0.5735.106) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (114.0.5735.106)
cups (2.4.4) 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.0 2.2.10 2.2.6 2.2.1 2.1.0 2.0.1 cups (2.4.4)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.47.0 1.46.5 1.46.4 1.45.6 1.45.4 1.44.5 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12 e2fsprogs (1.47.0)
firefox (114.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (114.0)
freetype (2.13.0) 2.13.0 2.12.1 2.11.0 2.10.4 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.8 2.6.5 2.6.1 2.5.4 freetype (2.13.0)
gcc (13.1.0) 12.2.0 12.2.0 10.3.0 10.2.0 9.2.0 7.4.0 6.4.0 5.4.0 4.9.3 4.9.2 gcc (13.1.0)
gimp (2.10.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.34)
glibc (2.37) 2.36 2.36 2.33 2.32 2.30 2.27 2.25 2.23 2.21 2.20 glibc (2.37)
gnome-shell (44.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (44.2)
gnucash (5.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.1)
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.55)
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.06 2.06 2.04 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.01.81 2.02beta 2.00 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.10.4) -- -- -- -- -- 2.24.32 2.24.31 -- -- -- gtk (4.10.4)
httpd (2.4.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.57)
inkscape (1.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.2.2)
k3b (23.04.2) 23.04.0 22.12.0 21.08.2 20.08.3 19.08.2 18.12.0 17.08.3 2.9.92 2.9.90 2.0.3 k3b (23.04.2)
kmod (30) 30 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 19 kmod (30)
krita (5.1.5) -- -- -- -- 4.2.7.1 4.1.7 3.3.2.1 3.0.1.1 2.9.93 2.8.7 krita (5.1.5)
libreoffice (7.5.3) 7.5.2 7.4.3 7.2.1 7.0.3 6.3.3 -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.5.3)
linux (6.3.6) 6.2.11 6.0.12 5.14.11 5.8.18 5.3.8 4.19.12 4.13.12 4.8.6 4.2.6 3.17.7 linux (6.3.6)
Package 2023.04 2022.12 2021.10 2020.11 2019.10 2018.12 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.1.1) 10.10.3 10.9.4 10.5.12 10.4.17 10.3.18 10.1.37 10.1.28 10.1.18 -- 5.5.41 mariadb (11.1.1)
mate-desktop (1.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.1)
mesa (23.1.1) 23.0.2 22.2.4 21.2.3 20.2.2 19.2.2 18.3.1 17.2.5 13.0.0 11.0.5 10.4.0 mesa (23.1.1)
mysql (8.0.33) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.33)
nautilus (44.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (44.2.1)
NVIDIA (530.41.03) 530.41.03 525.60.11 470.74 455.38 435.21 396.54 381.22 367.35 352.63 343.36 NVIDIA (530.41.03)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (20.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (20.0.1)
openssh (9.3p1) 9.3p1 9.1p1 8.8p1 8.4p1 8.1p1 7.9p1 7.6p1 7.3p1 7.1p1 6.7p1 openssh (9.3p1)
openssl (3.1.1) 3.0.8 1.1.1s 1.1.1l 1.1.1h 1.1.1d 1.1.1a 1.0.2m 1.0.2j 1.0.2d 1.0.1j openssl (3.1.1)
perl (5.36.1) 5.36.0 5.34.1 5.32.1 5.30.3 5.28.2 5.28.1 5.26.1 5.22.2 5.22.0 5.20.1 perl (5.36.1)
php (8.2.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.2.7)
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) 5.27.4 5.26.4 5.23.0 5.20.3 5.17.2 5.14.4 5.11.3 5.8.3 5.4.3 -- plasma-desktop (5.27.5)
postfix (3.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.8.1)
postgresql (15.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (15.3)
Python (3.11.4) 3.10.11 3.10.9 3.8.12 3.8.6 3.7.5 3.6.7 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.2 Python (3.11.4)
qt (6.5.1) 6.5.0 5.15.7 5.15.2 5.15.1 5.13.1 5.12.0 5.9.2 5.7.0 5.5.1 4.8.6 qt (6.5.1)
samba (4.18.3) 4.18.1 4.17.3 4.15.0 4.12.10 4.10.10 4.9.4 4.7.1 4.5.1 4.3.1 4.1.14 samba (4.18.3)
systemd (253.5) 253.3 252.3 249.4 246 243 239 235 232 228 218 systemd (253.5)
thunderbird (102.12.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (102.12.0)
vim (9.0) 9.0 9.0 8.2 8.2 8.1 8.1 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.18)
wayland (1.22.0) 1.22.0 1.21.0 1.19.0 1.18.0 1.17.0 1.16.0 1.14.0 1.12.0 1.9.0 1.6.0 wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.8) 21.1.8 21.1.4 1.20.13 1.20.9 1.20.5 1.20.3 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.16.3 xorg-server (21.1.8)

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Version: 2023.04
Rating: 1
Date: 2023-05-21
Votes: 0


Not certain who this is for but it's definitely not for me.
KaOS (chaos) is certainly that. It seems to do what it wants.

There are just way too many issues to even consider using this in a production environment. Or just using it as all.
Couple this with the fact it is a small development team it just makes it more of a novelty than anything else.

Sounds neat on paper but unfortunately the execution is just bad.



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Version: 2023.02
Rating: 7
Date: 2023-03-23
Votes: 1


Many packages are more up to date than on ArchLinux:

- ruby 3.2.1 on KaOS, 3.0.5 on AL
- scala 3.2.2 on KaOS, 2.13.8 on AL
- bash 5.2.015 on KaOS, 5.1.016 on AL

Having a known (pacman) and not totally custom package manager is a great idea.

KDE (Qt) is the most robust and complete desktop environment and offering only one is a good way to ensure a neat experience. This respect KISS principle.

It's very simple to use for beginners.

However, many second tier packages (in commonness) are not present in KaOS which make it bad for power users:

- groovy
- crystal
- vsftpd
- metalog
- nuget
- biber

It's more a distro for casual users.


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Version: 2023.02
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-02-19
Votes: 1


I really do not know what to say it does not belong on the market so many bugs and apps that just will not work I still can not figure out why they are in business.
Printer do not work fonts are just ugly who in the world works with the task bar on the right OK it can be moved but why in the world you put it there in the first place. Newbies beware do not use this distro there are a ton of distros using KDE that are a world better and more stable.
I went into this to see if there was a compelling reason to switch to it. And to that I say NO. Not now, not ever...


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