KaOS 2023.04 arrives celebrating 10 years of the project


KaOS is an independent Linux distribution, focused exclusively on the KDE project.

The launch of the new version of KaOS 2023.04 was announced, which is a version that includes the updates corresponding to the month of April and that above all comes to celebrate the tenth anniversary of KaOS.

For those unaware of Shirt should know that this is a distribution that was created by Anke "Demm" Boersma, who initially worked on Chrakra Linux. KaOS unlike other distros was developed from scratch. According to its developers, its goal is to be more differentiated. Among them, a limited selection of applications or exclusive support for 64-bit architecture.

KaOS is characterized by being a Linux distribution independent which includes the latest version of the KDE Plasma desktop environment and other popular software programs that use the Qt toolkit.

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.

Main news of KaOS 2023.04

This new version that is presented of KaOS 2023.04 comes with many versions of updated packages, of which the kernel of Linux 6.2.11 along with systemd 253.3, Dracut 059, GnuPG 2.4.0, desktop components that have been updated to KDE Plasma 5.27.4, KDE Frameworks 5.105, KDE Gear 22.12.2 and Qt 5.15.9 with patches from the KDE project (Qt 6.5 is also included).

It is mentioned that in the launch of this new version of KaOS 2023.04 offered separately, an iso image to test the components developed in the experimental branch, on the basis of which the release is being formed from KDE Plasma 6. The images offered in this release both have the same base which features CLang/LLVM 16.0.1, ZFS 2.1.10, OpenSSL 3.0. 8, Python 3.10.11, SQLite 3.41.2, libtiff 4.5.0, and libarchive 3.6.2.

In addition to that, we can find that KaOS 2023.04 includes Signal Desktop messenger and Tokodon (a client for the Mastodon decentralized microblogging platform), as well as LibreOffice 6.2 is used as the default office suite, built with VCL kf5 and Qt5 plugins that allow you to use native KDE and Qt dialogs, buttons, window borders and widgets.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • On UEFI systems, systemd-boot is used to boot.
  • IsoWriter, an interface for writing ISO files to USB drives, provides the ability to check the correctness of recorded images.
  • Added a Croeso login welcome screen that provides basic settings that may need to be changed after installation, as well as allowing you to install applications and view distribution and system information.
  • By default, the XFS file system is enabled with integrity checking (CRC) enabled and a separate btree index of free inodes (finobt).
  • An option is available to verify downloaded ISO files with digital signatures.

Finally for those interested in knowing more about it about this launch, you can check the details within the official announcement In the following link.

The distribution is developed with Arch Linux in mind, but maintains its own independent repository of over 1500 packages, and also offers several of its own graphical utilities.

Download KaOS 2023.04

Finally, if you still do not have KaOS installed on your computer 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. Builds are released for x86_64 (3,2 GB) systems. 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

With this, you only have to accept the updates if they exist and I recommend restarting your computer.

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