KaOS is a distribution that was created by Anke “Demm” Boersma, who initially worked on Chrakra Linux. KaOS unlike other distros was developed from ceror. According to its developers, its goal to be more differentiated. These include a limited selection of applications or exclusive support for 64-bit architecture.
KaOS is characterized by being an independent Linux distribution which includes the latest version of the KDE Plasma desktop environment and other popular software programs that use the Qt toolkit.
It was originally based on Arch LinuxBut since April 2013, developers started creating their own packages, which are now available from KaOS's own warehouse.
The packaging is managed by the team itself, only for the stable versions, and controlled by the Pacman installer. KaOS uses a Rolling Relase publishing development model and it is only available for 64-bit systems.
As always, this distribution continues to be updated every two months and an update release is no exception this month.
What's new in KaOS 2020.01?
KaOS developers unveiled a few days ago the announcement of the new update version of KaOS 2020.01. This being the first update of the year of the distribution and in which various updates of the system components are incorporated.
Of the main changes in this new version of KaOS 2020.01, highlights the inclusion of Linux Kernel 5.4.7 along with the adition of kernel modules signed for Linux 5.4.
With it all internal modules are now auto-signed During kernel compilation, in addition to non-tree modules such as virtualbox modules and NVIDIA packages, the signature has also been added.
We can also find in this KaOS update, which is based on the latest package of KDE Plasma 5 version 5.17.4 along with KDE 19.12 and KDE Frameworks 5.65.0 applications
Another change that stand out is the adaptation of the system to hybrid systems and non-free NVIDIA. Well now changed from libgl to libglvnd vendor independent. This also makes the NVIDIA bumblebee package obsolete.
The Xorg server has been updated to 1.20.6, so it includes the patches needed to use Prime instead of Bumblebee.
Squid (the hardware detection script and the installer) also received improvements as it was have fixed two problems that were considered serious and in fstab A new key efiMountOptions was added, to allow configuring file system options specifically for the EFI partition.
Of the other changes that stand out in the ad:
- Work to remove python2 continued
- Including the new version of Kdenlive 19.12
- Qt was updated to version 5.14.0
- Including new versions LLVM / Clang 9.0.1, Glib2 2.62.4, Bison 3.4.2, Python3 3.7.6 Protobuf 3.11.1, Mesa 19.2.8, NetworkManager 1.22.2, Nano 4.7, GStreamer 1.16.2, GCC 9.2.0 .2.30, Glibc 243, Systemd 26, Kmod XNUMX
- The LibreOffice office suite was updated to version 6.3.4
- From the gtk application database, there are also available: Firefox 71.0, Chrome 81, Thunderbird 68.3.1, GIMP 2.10.14, Ardor 5.12.0.
If you want to know more about this launch, you can check the details In the following link.
Download KaOS 2020.01
Finally, if you don't have KaOS installed on your computer yet and you want to download and install this Linux distribution focused on the KDE desktop environment on your computer or you want to test it under a virtual machine.
You just have to go to the official website of the distribution and in its download section you can get the system image. The link is this.
You can save the downloaded image to a USB device with the help of the Etcher application.
Si you are already a KaOS user, you must have received these updates in the last few days. But if you don't know if you already have them installed, just open a terminal and run the following commands in it:
sudo pacman -Syuu
Finally, you must accept the updates if they exist and I recommend restarting your computer.