The KaOS project announced the release and general availability of KaOS 2019.09, a new stable ISO snapshot for September 2019.
KaOS 2019.09 comes two months after the release of KaOS 2019.07 earlier this summer and brings with it all of the latest KDE technologies that have been released during this period, including the KDE Plasma 5.16.5 desktop environment, KDE Applications 19.08.1 and KDE Frameworks 5.61 software suites, as well as the Qt 5.13.1 application framework.
“With almost 60 % percent of the packages updated since the last ISO and the last release being over two months old, a new ISO is more than due,” reads the release announcement. “As always with this rolling distribution, you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.61.0, Plasma 5.16.5 and KDE Applications 19.08.1. All built on Qt 5.13.1.”
“Now powered by Linux kernel 5.2”
Another major change in the KaOS 2019.09 release is the updated kernel stuck, which is now based on the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series. In fact, KaOS 2019.09 is powered by the latest Linux kernel 5.2.13 release, and it also ships with an updated graphical installer based on the latest Calamares 3.2.13 release, patched against two major vulnerabilities.
Other updated components available in the KaOS 2019.09 release include LibreOffice 6.2, NetworkManager 1.20.0, Poppler 0.80.0, GNU nano 4.4, Go 1.13, Git 2.23.0, GStreamer 1.16.0, Python 3.7.4, Nettle 3.5.1, Kbd 2.2.0, and Libevent 2.1.11. Ldns, the fast DNS library, was added as well in this release for an extra OpenSSH option.
You can download KaOS 2019.09 right now through our free software portal if you want to try out this KDE oriented GNU/Linux distribution inspired by Arch Linux. Please note that KaOS is a rolling release where you install once and receive updates forever. Therefore, existing KaOS users don’t need to download the new ISO snapshot, but only update their installation.