KaOS 2020.09 Released: A Lean and Independent KDE Linux Distribution

KaOS 2020.09 Released: A Lean and Independent KDE Linux Distribution

Following the monthly development cycle, the KaOS team has finally released a new stable ISO, KaOS 2020.09. Replacing the previous version v2020.07, the latest version 2020.09 comes with major firmware updates, KDE 20.08 and Linux 5.7 applications.

For those who don’t know, KaOS is an independent rolling Linux distribution built from the ground up. It mainly focuses on Desktop Environment (KDE), Toolkit (QT) and Architecture (x86_64).

KaOS 2020.09: What’s new?

Software and main package updates

As an ongoing distribution, KaOS 2020.09 has upgraded packages for the Plasma desktop, which include KDE Frameworks 5.74.0, Plasma 5.19.5, and KDE Applications 20.08.1. Among other packages, KaOS has also updated its core components such as:

  • Python3 3.8.5
  • ICU 67.1
  • Boost 1.73.0
  • Systemd 246
  • Git 2.28.0
  • LLVM / Clang 10 (10.0.1)
  • Opencv 4.4.0
  • Gstreamer 1.18.0
  • Poppler 20.9.0
  • Mesa 20.1.8
  • NetworkManager 1.26.2
  • Perl 5.30.3
  • Xorg Server 1.20.9
  • Linux 5.7.19
  • Qt 5.15.1

In addition, it introduced two new apps such as Kdiff3 to compare and merge two or three text input files or folders and the Keysmith for two-factor authentication (2FA).

KaOS installer

KaOS has already started using a new module rewritten in QML like Keyboard and Locale module in the previous version v2020.07.

Continuing to move modules to QML, the new version includes a complete rewritten locale module with a true accurate and live map. You can now select a specific location using a real world map.

New Locale module for the installer
New Locale module for the installer


As in the previous v2020.07 KaOS moved its theme system from QtCurve to Kvantum for app style, the new version has now addressed the theme of other elements.

For example the SDDM theme gets better contrast and a completely new theme for the systemd-bootloader to replace the standard black background with an option that is well integrated with the rest of the Midna theme.

How to upgrade or install KaOS 2020.09?

If you are already using KaOS, you can simply upgrade your package to the latest version 2020.09 by running a command:

sudo pacman -Syu

However, if you want a fresh install from scratch, download the ISO images from the official websitehere.

The KaOS 2020.09 release: A lean and independent KDE Linux distribution first appeared on Fossbytes.

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