• Home Page, Headlines
 • DW Weekly, Comments
 • Packages, Package Management
 • Glossary, FAQ, Mobile Site
 • Search, Sitemap
 • Major Distributions
 • Submit Distribution
 • Upcoming Releases
 • About DistroWatch
 • Page Hit Ranking
 • Advertise
 • CryptoCoin.cc

KaOS RSS
Feed DistroWatch.com: KaOS

KaOS

Last Update: 2018-05-01 12:21 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: 50 (218), 6 months: 55 (204), 3 months: 62 (198), 4 weeks: 63 (193), 1 week: 88 (118)

Average visitor rating: 7.76/10 from 21 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
Documentation --
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://kaosx.us/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/KaOSx/
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017: DedoimedoDistroWatch
2016: Dedoimedo
2015: Hectic Geek
2014: DedoimedoDistroWatchZDNetBlogspotDistroWatchHectic Geek
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-03-06: Distribution Release: KaOS 2018.03
 • 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
 • 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...

Table Notes and Explanations

(Please refer to the table below.)
  • Select view:
  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

Linux Media
Linux Mint 18.3$5.95
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS$5.95
Debian 9.4.0$5.95
openSUSE 42.3$5.95
Manjaro 17.1.9$5.95
Fedora 28$5.95
MX Linux 17.1$5.95
USB Flash Drives
Linux Mint 18.3 16GB$14.95
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 16GB$14.95
Fedora 28 16GB$14.95

Free Shipping on orders over $20
Professional Quality
Click here to visit OSDisc.com now


Advertisement

StickerYou
Create Custom Stickers, Labels, Tattoos and Decals at StickerYou

As a valued partner and proud supporter of DistroWatch, StickerYou is happy to offer a 10% discount on all Custom Stickers, Business Labels, Roll Labels, Vinyl Lettering or Custom Decals. StickerYou is your one-stop shop to make your business stick! Use code DW10 at the checkout page to apply your discount.


Metapress

Metapress | Discover More

Read detailed guides on how to make a website, start a blog, increase traffic and find the best website builders at Metapress.


Feature 2018.04 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Release Date 2018-05-01 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 2018.04 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
Package 2018.04 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.6 1.1.4.1 1.1.2 1.1.0 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3
bind (9.12.1-P2) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.181) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.7 2.2.6 2.2.1 2.1.0 2.0.1
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.44.1 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12
firefox (60.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9 2.8 2.6.5 2.6.1 2.5.4
gcc (8.1.0) 7.3.0 6.4.0 5.4.0 4.9.3 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.2) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.25 2.23 2.21 2.20
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.01.81 2.02beta 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.30) -- 2.24.31 -- -- --
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (18.04.1) 18.04.0 17.08.3 2.9.92 2.9.90 2.0.3
kmod (25) 25 24 23 22 19
krita (4.0.3) 4.0.1 3.3.2.1 3.0.1.1 2.9.93 2.8.7
libreoffice (6.0.4) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.16.11) 4.15.7 4.13.12 4.8.6 4.2.6 3.17.7
Package 2018.04 2017.11 2016.11 2015.11 2014.12
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.15) 10.1.32 10.1.28 10.1.18 -- 5.5.41
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (18.1.0) 17.3.9 17.2.5 13.0.0 11.0.5 10.4.0
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (390.48) 390.48 381.22 367.35 352.63 343.36
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.7p1 7.6p1 7.3p1 7.1p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2o 1.0.2m 1.0.2j 1.0.2d 1.0.1j
perl (5.26.2) 5.26.2 5.26.1 5.22.2 5.22.0 5.20.1
php (7.2.5) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) 5.12.2 5.11.3 5.8.3 5.4.3 --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 3.6.5 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.3 3.4.2
qt (5.11.0) 5.10.1 5.9.2 5.7.0 5.5.1 4.8.6
samba (4.8.2) 4.7.7 4.7.1 4.5.1 4.3.1 4.1.14
systemd (238) 238 235 232 228 218
thunderbird (52.8.0) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.6 1.19.5 1.18.4 1.17.4 1.16.3

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for KaOS

Average rating
7.8
from 21 review(s)



What are your thoughts on KaOS?
Please include a few pros and a few cons, along with your overall impression of the operating system.
Our FAQ page has tips on writing a good mini-review.

Version:

Rating:    out of 10

Comments (maximum 2,048 characters):




Past reviews - sort by:

Version: 2018.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-05-09
Votes: 3


Very good distro in general, for me this is a good way for a fast install "arch like distro" but not a lot of usual packages. KCP (the aur clone) need more contributors too.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 2018.03
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-11
Votes: 14


If you have any experience with Arch Linux there shouldn't be much problem with operating KaOS. It's Midna icons helped me distinguish the programs the icons were meant for. It comes with Octopi software manager. For anyone that likes using an terminal for updates, etc. KaOS doesn't come with the AUR helper 'yaourt' installed. There is a packaging guide for installing packages with pacman at the KaOS web site.
I have used KaOS 2018.3 for a few days now and haven't had any problem using Kernel 4.15.7-1. I found System Settings is laid out where everything is easy to find. It even opens up with what's frequently used. Nomad Firewall was easy to set up and came with KaOS. I like the KDE desktop because I have found that there's always something I can change myself to make things better...KaOS is no exception. I gave them a 10 because of that one reason. It's like installing team effort as you burn your own copy of the iso.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 2017.11
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-11
Votes: 7


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


Was this review helpful? Yes No

See all 21 reader reviews of KaOS...


Copyright (C) 2001 - 2018 Unsigned Integer Limited. All rights reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Privacy policy.
DistroWatch.com is hosted at Copenhagen.

Contact, corrections and suggestions: Jesse Smith
Tips: BTC 1J5s35r7v8L3k2zmr3JmUfydzvdnsiNXm2 • PayPal.me/distrowatchweekly