KaOS makes regular ISO releases available, so any (new) user is not confronted with a large or complicated first update. Those who already have KaOS installed do not need to reinstall, a regular sudo pacman -Syu will always give you the latest.

Release Notes for KaOS 2021.10 ISO

SHA256SUM KaOS 2021.10: 5be82f5a1226520313fd9366748da0dcae329a94546e63e5d6ff2635828aa6c9

SIZE: 2.6GiB

Current Version

The October version ships with Plasma 5 as the default desktop, it includes non-free Nvidia drivers, KDE Applications 21.08.2, Linux kernel 5.14.11 (Linux-next is in the repo’s, following the 5.14 series), GCC 10.3.0, Glibc 2.33, Systemd 249.4, Kmod 29, Xorg-server 1.21.13, Qt 5.15.2+, Mesa 21.2.3, LibreOffice 7.2.1, Elisa and the latest versions of Falkon, Octopi, Kde-Telepathy. For those wondering about gtk apps, Firefox 93.0, Chrome 96, Thunderbird 91.2, GIMP 2.10.28, Ardour 6.9.0 are among the available in their latest version.

Known Issues

  • Installing on RAID is currently not possible

To create reliable Media for booting the Live ISO, please select USB or DVD and follow the instructions for either using a USB flash drive or DVD disc. Though UEFI booting is supported, Secure Boot is not at this time. See this link for more on Secure Boot.

Authenticity check

Besides checking the integrity of the downloaded ISO, it is advised to also check the authenticity through the signature of the ISO. For this download the KaOS Signing Key, linked left under GPG Verification. Add this key to your keyring:

gpg --import KaOS.asc

Next download the ISO GPG Signature to the same directory as where you downloaded the ISO and verify with (adjust for correct year and date):

gpg --verify KaOS-2021.10-x86_64.iso.sig