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  • 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 →
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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.