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 2017.01 ISO

MD5SUM KaOS 2017.01: 2051d7c0ad3cb24dc95103b291faf987

Current Version

The January version ships with Plasma 5 as the default desktop, it includes non-free nvidia drivers, all language packs, KDE Applications 16.12.0, linux kernel 4.8.15 (linux-next is in the repo’s, following the 4.9 series), glibc 2.23, systemd 232, kmod 23, xorg-server 1.18.4, Qt 5.7.1, mesa 13.0.2, calligra, Cantata and the latest versions of qupzilla, octopi, kde-telepathy, seafile, gcc 5.4.0. For those wondering about gtk apps, firefox 50.1.0, chrome 57, thunderbird 45.6.0, ardour 5.5.0 are among the available in their latest version.

Known Issues

  • If you do not want to install a bootloader, do not use any of the automated partitioning options, select manual for this. See the bug report for the installer regarding this.
  • 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 or LVM is currently not possible
  • Hibernate on LUKS enabled swap partitions needs manual intervention, the installer misses some settings to fully support this

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.