KaOS ISO 2015.08

Aug 13, 2015

It is with great pleasure to present to you the 2015.08 ISO. This ISO brings a long list of wonderful improvements to all of KDE. Biggest part undoubtedly is the first time to have the option to run Plasma 5 in a Wayland session. It still is in an early stage so kwin_x11 is of course the default still. For all the latest on Plasma 5 see Plasma 5.4RC announcement

There are a few option to test a Wayland session, best working currently (possible in Live mode too) is to disable sddm sudo systemctl stop sddm
Log in at tty2: Ctrl-Alt-F2 and use your user-name and password to login, in live mode those are live/live
Then run: kwin_wayland --libinput --xwayland "plasmashell --platform wayland"

KaOS is also approaching a completed switch from Qt 4 to Qt 5 only. This ISO has only one application left that depends on Qt 4, hplip, The repositories have about a dozen left that still need Qt 4.
Most notable major updates over the last two months are the Xorg 1.17 stack, Glib2 2.44.2 stack, Qt 5.50, GCC 4.9.3, Linux 4.1.5 and Systemd 224.
This ISO KaOS uses the Systemd provided Systemd-boot for UEFI installs, Gummiboot is depreciated.

As for the desktop this ISO brings all the latest of Plasma 5 (Frameworks 5.13.0, Plasma 5.4RC) and KDE Applications 15.07.90. All build on Qt 5.5.0. Plasma-volume-control is now part of the Plasma 5 group, renamed to Plasma-pa (for sound plasmoid). Many more applications are now fully ported to Qt5/Frameworks 5, examples of the recent ports are Megaglest, Tellico, KMahjongg, lmms, smb4k, qmmp, Basket and Lyx.
Welcome page
Calamares, the used installer framework, has received a lot of work. Highlights of the additions:

  • Added the option of not installing a boot loader on MBR (legacy BIOS boot) systems.
  • Added the option of changing the file system type when editing a partition.
  • More robust partition detection and mounting/unmounting
  • Swap partition support in automatic partitioning
  • Fixed an issue which could result in the wrong mount point being set for a swap partition
  • Adjusted the Install page so that the QML slideshow is loaded and started exactly when the install operation starts
  • Improved branding mechanism, with distribution branding option on the Welcome page

Changes for Octopi include: At Info tab, packages in "depends On" field are shown as clickable anchors. Information tab now supports "ctrl+F" searching. Help/About dialog now shows Pacman information. StatusBar msg got updated with number of selected packages more visible. When outdated packages are printed at Output tab, you can see their information just hovering the mouse over them.

Current KaOS users, please give your mirrors time to sync before updating, well over 300 packages are moved with the release of this ISO.

Known issues:

  • If you want to use a GPT partition table on a BIOS system, make sure to set it up following this Guide, the installer's partitioner can only handle GPT correctly for UEFI
  • Installing on RAID, LVM, LUKS is currently not possible

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.