KaOS Linux, the distro inspired by Arch Linux has got a new ISO release today versioned 2021.03. The KaOS Linux 2021.03 release includes all of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and updated packages.
KaOS is a KDE Plasma-based distro and it always ships with the latest version of the widely used and advanced desktop environment. Powered by Linux kernel 5.11 version, and the KDE Plasma 5.21 series by default, KaOS Linux 2021.03 version additionally offers the KDE Frameworks 5.80 and KDE Applications 20.12.3 open-source software suites.
Furthermore, the KaOS 2021.03 release comes with the latest version of the kcp command-line utility for installing and managing KaOS community packages that have been revised from scratch to support configuration through the config files located in the $HOME/.config/kcp/ directory.
Not just that, kcp is currently way quicker at updating the database of packages and while parsing PKGBUILD files, supports another temporary directory rather than the /tmp directory, it allows you to define a locale distinct from the one utilized by KaOS and supports SSH or HTTPS protocols for the clone method while install or download operations are performed.
KaOS 2021.03 sets an end to the non-free NVIDIA 340.xx proprietary driver support. Users having NVIDIA GPUs older than 2014 will have to either make a switch to the mode setting driver or will need to install the open-source Nouveau driver.
Moreover, the KaOS Linux 2021.03 version will be shipped with Glibc 2.32, GCC 10.2.0, LLVM/Clang 11.1.0, systemd 247.5, Mesa 20.3.4, Python 3.8.8, Protobuf 3.15, Proj 8.0.0, Poppler 21.03.0, ZSTD 1.4.9, X.Org Server 1.21.10, Qt 5.15.2, Git 2.31.0, NetworkManager 1.30.2, and a new app, VSCodium, free binary distribution of Microsoft’s VSCode editor.
The latest ISO image is accessible to the general public, you can right away download the ISO from the official website and it’s used only for new installations. Existing KaOS users can update their systems by using the‘ sudo pacman -Syu‘ command.