KaOS 2023.11 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 2023.11 released.


This will be the final Plasma 5 release for KaOS and includes all the latest updates, but Plasma 5 & Qt5 are not where upstream development is anymore, so it is time to fully focus on Qt6/kf6/Plasma 6. To see what the future holds, there is also a Plasma 6 Alpha ISO available. This ISO is installable, with the installer Calamares fully moved to Qt 6/Plasma 6. There are now many more KDE Applications also ready for Qt6/kf6, you will find quite a few on this ISO. Everything is now packaged in such a way that just about all kf5-based KDE Applications can also run on Plasma 6, so Plasma 6 is almost ready to fully replace Plasma 5 in KaOS. This ISO is only linked in the dedicated Forum post, not available from the Download page. The Midna theme is getting a complete overhaul for Plasma 6, major parts are included in this ISO.