KaOS - 2014.01
Two weeks into the New Year, KaOS is pleased to present you with a first ISO for 2014. The policy is, once a first pacman -Syu becomes a major update, it is time for a new ISO so new users are not faced with a difficult first update. Since the last ISO, updates to a good 700 packages happened, including some major groups, so a new ISO is now needed.
Among the updates, you will find KDE 4.12.1, new mkinitcpio and kmod. LLVM, ilmbase and openexr, libwebp all had a .so update, meaning all those that depend on them were rebuild. Another large group is the new xorg stack, with xorg 1.15, mesa 10.0.2. New options were added to this group including dri3proto, libxshmfence and presentproto.
Visually the biggest change for this ISO is the move to homerun-kicker.
To learn more about the goals and ideas behind KaOS, please read the Home, About and FAQ pages
A rolling release distribution never has a "final" release, every ISO is mere a snapshot of the current status of the repositories. An idea what is currently available:
The ISO ships with KDE 4.12.1, Linux 3.12.5, Systemd 208, Kmod 16, Networkmanager 0.9.8.8, Calligra 2.7.5, Clementine 1.2.1, Plasma-nm 0.9.3.2, Xorg-server 1.15.0, Mesa 10.0.2, Glibc 2.17 and GCC 4.8.2, non-free Nvidia 331.38 to name a few.
The package manager is Pacman 4.1.2, with the simple but powerful Octopi 0.3.0 as GUI frontend. Default webbrowser is Qt based Qupzilla 1.6.0.
GFXboot is included with KaOS artwork, Grub theme is monochrome, plasma theme is an exclusive version of Kotonaru.
Repositories of KaOS will stay limited in size and contain a good 1900 packages currently. Expect it to grow to a maximimum of about 2100-2200. A gist of what is available, beside the stable kernel there is Linux-next 3.13.0, Libreoffice 4.1.4, Qt 5.2, bumblebee packages, VLC, Vokoscreen, Blender, XBMC, Calibre, Sigil, Librecad, a few games like 0ad and Knights.
A limited number of the most well-known GTK applications are available, examples Firefox 26.0, Chrome 34, Ardour 3.5.143, Flashplugin 11.2.202, Inkscape 0.48.4, GIMP 2.8.10 and Google-talkplugin 22.214.171.124.
Complete language packs are available for KDE, Calligra, Firefox, Libreoffice and Thunderbird.
The Installer is easy to use, stable, but is somewhat limited in features you'd expect from a modern installer
To create reliable installation media, please follow the instructions from the Download page. KaOS's ISO's do not support unetbootin, and DVDs need a burn speed no higher than 4x.