• December 6, 2014 - Early December ’14 Status - With a late October post about how to proceed with kf5 and the announcement of a new stable ISO November 6, last month was skipped for one of these "Early Month" posts. Resuming it again this month. - It is a bit of a chaotic situation for packagers regarding KDE, many things are very unclear, so... More →
  • November 6, 2014 - KaOS ISO 2014.11 - KaOS is proud to announce the availability of the November release of a new stable ISO. Since August updates were done to a good 1200 packages and to stay with the policy that a first pacman -Syu should be an uncomplicated one for new users means a new ISO is needed. - Testing for this ISO took... More →
  • October 30, 2014 - Plasma 5/Frameworks 5 plans & test ISO - There has been a lot of internal talk since May this year, and lately discussions on the forum and on the KaOS G+ channel about when and how to move to Plasma 5/Frameworks 5. Following those discussions, you know KaOS switching to Plasma 5 is getting closer. - From all that was said in those... More →
  • October 8, 2014 - Early October '14 Status - It probably looked like a quiet four weeks for most. And it is true no major visible changes have occurred, but things were far from quiet. - As with the goal of this distribution, packaging took most of the time. Major groups were updated, resulting in well over 600 packages build. Expect new... More →
  • September 10, 2014 - Early September '14 Status - Two things stand out for the last 4-5 weeks in the development of KaOS. - A move to UEFI capable ISOs has been in the works for about 5 months, but there finally is a working version available. The KaOS-kf5 2014.09.06 test-iso is a first that fully boots in BIOS, EFI and UEFI capable systems, using... More →
  • August 20, 2014 - KaOS ISO 2014.08 - With KDE releasing the new major version KDE 4.14.0, offering primarily improvements and bugfixes, KaOS is happy to be able to present you a new ISO with KDE 4.14.0 the same day it is released. KDE Applications 4.14 is not about lots of "new and improved stuff". As with KaOS, many KDE developers... More →

A lean KDE Distribution

KaOS ISO 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.snapshot5

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. Plus Octopi has moved to Qt5 and has the option added to show file listing for all packages, not just installed.

For further info about the ISO please see the release notes and the Download page.