While KaOS is a Linux distribution built with a very specific focus on Qt and KDE, and currently based on the Linux kernel, with the new stable version having upgraded packages, including: KDE Applications 20.08.3, KDE Frameworks 5.76.0, and Plasma 5.20.3.
And the latest KaOS version offers a lot of new functionalities, such as notifications for when system is out of space, grouping behavior for the Task Manager, and highlight changed settings.
What's New in KaOS 2020.11 Release?
Besides the upgraded packages for the KDE Plasma desktop, namely: KDE Applications 20.08.3, KDE Frameworks 5.76.0, and Plasma 5.20.3, KaOS 2020.11 offers a new plasma-disk to see all of HDD or SDD status using new option available in kinfocenter app, and instead of a swap partition in the Calamares installer, you can now use a swap file.
Other updated core tools in KaOS 2020.11 includes:
- Git 2.29.2
- Qt 5.15.2
- Mesa 20.2.2
- Linux Kernel 5.8.18
- NetworkManager 1.26.4
- Cmake 3.19.0
- Openvpn 2.5.0
- Binutils 2.35.1
- Ruby 2.7.2
Additionally, the KaOS team has rewritten some modules like keyboard and Locale module, in prepartion to move the modules to QML, and continuing the shift to QML, developers now use a new module in QML called usersq.
How to Download or Upgrade to KaOS 2020.11
If you’re an existing KaOS user, you can use the following command to upgrade your current system to KaOS 2020.11:
sudo pacman -Syu
And for those who are trying out KaOS for the first time, you can download the ISO image of the latest KaOS 2020.11 from the official download page.