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KaOS

Last Update: 2018-01-20 15:44 UTC


KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution that features the latest version of the KDE desktop environment, the Calligra office suite, and other popular software applications that use the Qt toolkit. It was inspired by Arch Linux, but the developers build their own packages which are available from in-house repositories. KaOS employs a rolling-release development model and is built exclusively for 64-bit computer systems.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 51 (221), 6 months: 62 (176), 3 months: 65 (181), 4 weeks: 110 (119), 1 week: 94 (130)

Average visitor rating: 7.53/10 from 19 review(s).


KaOS Summary
Distribution KaOS
Home Page http://kaosx.us/
Mailing Lists https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/kaos-general
User Forums http://kaosx.us/phpBB3/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation --
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://kaosx.us/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/KaOSx/
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017: DistroWatch
2016: Dedoimedo
2015: Hectic Geek
2014: DedoimedoDistroWatchZDNetBlogspotDistroWatchHectic Geek
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-01-20: Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.01
 • 2017-11-15: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.11
 • 2017-09-02: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.09
 • 2017-06-06: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.06
 • 2017-04-11: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.04
 • 2017-01-06: Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.01
 • 2016-11-07: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.11
 • 2016-07-23: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.07
 • 2016-04-22: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.04
 • 2016-03-14: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.03
 • 2016-01-15: Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.01
 • 2015-11-24: Distribution Release: KaOS 2015.11
 • More KaOS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-08-14 KaOS working on hardened kernel
 •2017-03-22 KaOS updates
 •2016-09-14 KaOS gets first run wizard
 •2016-07-24 KaOS releases big changes
 • More KaOS headlines...

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Feature 2018.01 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Release Date 2018-01-20 2017-11-14 2016-11-07 2015-11-24 2014-12-26
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1800-1900 1700-1800      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra Calligra
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr de, en, es, fr
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 2018.01 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Package 2018.01 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.5 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2-P1) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.6 2.2.6 2.2.1 2.1.0 2.0.1
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.43.8 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12
firefox (58.0) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.9) -- 2.8 2.6.5 2.6.1 2.5.4
gcc (7.2.0) 6.4.0 6.4.0 5.4.0 4.9.3 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.25 2.25 2.23 2.21 2.20
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.01.81 2.02beta 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.26) 2.24.32 2.24.31 -- -- --
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (17.12.1) 17.12.1 17.08.3 2.9.92 2.9.90 2.0.3
kmod (25) 25 24 23 22 19
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (5.4.4) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.14.14) 4.14.14 4.13.12 4.8.6 4.2.6 3.17.7
Package 2018.01 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.12) 10.1.30 10.1.28 10.1.18 -- 5.5.41
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.3.3) 17.3.2 17.2.5 13.0.0 11.0.5 10.4.0
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- 381.22 367.35 352.63 343.36
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1 7.6p1 7.3p1 7.1p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2.14 1.0.2m 1.0.2j 1.0.2d 1.0.1j
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1 5.26.1 5.22.2 5.22.0 5.20.1
php (7.2.1) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) 5.11.5 5.11.3 5.8.3 5.4.3 --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.4) -- 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.2
qt (5.10.0) 5.10.0 5.9.2 5.7.0 5.5.1 4.8.6
samba (4.7.4) 4.7.4 4.7.1 4.5.1 4.3.1 4.1.14
systemd (236) 236 235 232 228 218
thunderbird (52.5.2) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (2.2.8) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.6 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.16.3

Reader Ratings
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Version: 2017.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-11
Votes: 0


pure kde; good, friendly support-forum; restricted and focused to essential software-packages; rolling release system with also disadvantages; a distro , very comfortabe for daily use in its clear, purified structure and beautiful look and feel


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Version: 2017.11
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-02
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Easy to install, but slow. Everything works out of the box. After installing updates, system works very smooth. Installed LibreOffice in lieu of Calligra.


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Version: 2017.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-10
Votes: 0


The KaOS distro is well worth using. It has been fast and very compatible with my Inspiron 17R SE laptop. No tweaks required to run out of the box. Superfast even on a USB flash drive.

What impressed me the most about this distro is its commitment to KDE. I have always loved KDE but most distros have so much bloat that the experience leaves me running back to Mint.

I like that this is NOT based on some other distro. The fresh approach s good.

The repository is growing and although not everything I want is there I believe I found most of what I needed or suitable alternatives.

KaOS does need its own software store. Let's face it Ubuntu, Mint and even Windows have made that a standard.

Thanks to KaOS developers!


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