KaOS 2023.06 released, Linux distributions
KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution, featuring the latest version of the KDE desktop environment and other popular software programs that use the Qt toolkit. It was originally based on Arch Linux, but since April 2013, developers started creating their own packages, which are now available from Kaos’s own depot. KaOS uses a roll publishing development model and is only for 64-bit computer systems.
KaOS has made the choice to use the Linux kernel as a base (though the Illumos kernel is under constant evaluation, and a future switch is a wish). After that choice, the best available package manager, most flexible way of package building, repository maintenance is pacman/makepkg for a rolling distro like KaOS. As for the Desktop Environment, there will never be a change, whether it is Linux or Illumos based, KDE Plasma will be the choice, Qt the Toolkit. With those choices in place, April 2013 package building for this independent distribution was started. KaOS is a build from scratch distribution, every package in every repository is build by and for KaOS. By July 2013 the initial goal of about 1500 packages was reached.
KaOS 2023.06 released.
For the Plasma desktop, the latest Plasma (5.27.6), KDE Gear (23.04.2), and Frameworks (5.107.0) are included. All built on Qt 5.15.10+. Among the many changes included in KDE Gear 23.04, are the option to run Dolphin with kio-admin, thus giving the option again to run Dolphin with administrator rights from the menu.
The Midna theme is getting a complete overhaul for Plasma 6, major parts are included in this ISO.
SDDM 0.20.0 added the option to run this display manager in Wayland mode, so KaOS is one step closer to being to move away from X11. The shell used to run in Wayland mode is kwin_wayland (upstream default is using Weston).
The automated partitioning option in the installer (Calamares) now offers the use of all popular filesystems, so no need to use manual partitioning to be able to choose XFS, EXT4, BTRFS, or ZFS.