KaOS 2023.02 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 2023.02 released.
For the Plasma desktop, the latest Plasma (5.27.0), KDE Gear (22.12.2), and Frameworks (5.103.0) are included. All built on Qt 5.15.8+. Among the many changes included in Plasma 5.27 are the Big Multi-monitor Refactor to make working with screens much more reliable. There is also a new fine grained control tools when the user has 3 or more screens connected. For those with a large monitor KWin has long been able to place one window on the left and one on the right. Now with Meta-T the quick tiling is launched allowing complete control of where your windows are placed. Drag windows with Shift pressed and it will stick to the tiled layout. And a new System Settings module has been added to easily control the settings for Flatpaks.
Updates to the base of the system included a new IWD 2.3, OpenSSH 9.2p1, MPFR 4.2.0, CLang/LLVM 15.0.7, Libtiff 4.5.0, Sqlite 3.40.1, Networkmanager 1.42.0, kernel moved to Linux 6.1.11, Systemd 252.5, Python 3.10.10, Dracut 059, ZFS 2.1.9, Gnupg 2.4.0, and Busybox 1.36.0.