KaOS is a lean Linux distro built from scratch, focusing on single desktop environment (KDE), toolkit (QT), and x86_64 architecture.
While the newest stable version of the Linux distro, KaOS 2020.07 which follows on the previous 2020.05 comes with updated software packages including the latest Plasma 5.19 desktop that brings a refreshed and consistent design, with other minor changes.
The minor changes include revamped header area for system tray applets and notifications, with the keyboard and Locale module rewritten in QML. Find other new enhancements below.
What’s New in KaOS 2020.07?
KaOS Calamares installer now uses a new module which is rewritten in QML, with the keyboard and Locale module rewritten in QML. It features the latest KDE applications from KDE bundle 20.04.3 and LibreOffice is now the default Office application replacing Calligra.
Besides the default apps, KaOS also added new applications and firmware, such as Photoflare, VVave (the successor of Babe) music player, Kdiff3, sof-firmware, rtl8723de, and rtl8821ce Wi-Fi modules.
Its core components like ICU 66.1, Boost 1.72.0, Krb5 1.18, Glib2 2.64.3-based stack, Guile 2.2.6, Mesa 20.1.3, NetworkManager 1.26.0, Perl 5.30.3, Linux 5.7.8 and Qt 5.15.0 have all been rebuilt for better performance.
And the base packages such as Pciutils 3.7.0, Git 2.27.0, Cfitiso 3.480, Poppler 0.90.1, Libacp 2.39, and Pam 1.4.0 have all been updated to latest software.
Additionally, KaOS Midna theme received a major shift from QtCurve to Kvantum theming system in version 2020.07 for the application style, implemented as a custom Midna Kvantum theme.
How to Upgrade to KaOS 2020.07
For a fresh installation, you can download the ISO images from the official site, and if you’re already running KaOS, you can easily upgrade your package to the latest v2020.07 with the following command.
sudo pacman -Syu
Kindly note that the welcome screen can now display text or other info as a QML file in the Calamares window.