• 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

One year Anniversary ISO KaOS 2014.04

Many might not know, but it is one year to this date the website went live, the repositories came online, the forum was activated for what has since become the distribution KaOS. A nice way of celebrating this anniversary is with a new ISO featuring the major new release, KDE 4.13.0.

After a good six weeks of testing, five complete builds, many minor rebuilds to accommodate all the needed changes for a switch in the symantic desktop search KDE uses, it is a pleasure to present you with this exciting new release. Screenshot courtesy of Aurélien Gâteau:KDE 4.13

KDE 4.13 features a move to Baloo, which poses a major improvement in the symantic search for KDE.
Other changes effected Kate, Okular, Marble and Palapelli, plus added the application Artikulate. For further news about this release please read the KDE 4.13 release notes

Thanks to translators dagodax, castell73, ShalokShalom, drumBE, cellix, forerunner, arnt, fox909 and mustafakillic are the Welcome app and Installer available in many languages.
Grub Midna
Artwork had quite some changes too since the last ISO. A few hundred more icons were added to the flattr-icons-kde set, GRUB moved to the Midna theme.

Further news for this ISO includes the addition of the legacy non-free nvidia 304xx to accommodate frequent requests for supporting older nvidia cards better.
The GRUB installation in the Installer is adjusted so the device settings for resume are automatically detected. Systemd 212 has the ability to do many cron tasks, packages have been rebuild to use this feature. Core updates include Kmod 17, libssh 0.6.3, Linux 3.13.10 and of course openssl 1.0.1.g.

Major apps that were updated to their latest include Calligra 2.8.2, LibreOffice 4.2.2, Google-Chrome 35, Firefox 28.0

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

About 470 packages will be moved, so for all current users, give your mirror a few hours to fully sync, or wait until tomorrow to do your update. This update will do some major replaces, the complete Nepomuk stack will be removed (including nepomuk, virtuoso, soprano), to be replaced by the new baloo packages. Octopi will be able to handle this update, but to better see what is happening, it is advised to update with pacman -Syu this time.