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May 29, 2024

Introducing Bcachefs Support and Marknote Note-Taking App in KaOS Linux 2024.05 Release

The independently developed KaOS Linux distribution team has announced the release of KaOS 2024.05. This latest stable snapshot image has been incorporated with fresh updates for May 2024.

After nearly three months since KaOS 2024.03, KaOS 2024.05 arrives with the latest KDE software. This includes the KDE Plasma 6.0.5 desktop environment and the recently released software suite, including KDE Gear 24.05 and KDE Frameworks 6.2, all built on the Qt 6.7.1 application development framework.

The kernel of KaOS 2024.05 has seen a significant change compared to the KaOS 2024.03 release, with an increase to Linux 6.8 from Linux 6.7. This new kernel allows KaOS Linux to support the bcachefs file system, initially introduced in the Linux kernel 6.7, together with the essential bcachefs-tools utilities.

With these changes, you will be able to install KaOS Linux using the bcachefs file system, but only if you decide to manually partition in the Calamares installer. The bcachefs file system benefits from additional support within the distribution through the KDE Partition Manager application or a similar partition editor app.

Other than that, the new KaOS Linux release adds a new Phonon sound backend as phonon-mpv to give users a fully Qt 6-ready backend, removes the kernel mode-setting for all graphics cards from the ISO image to make is smaller, and includes KDE’s new Marknote WYSIWYG note-taking application.

The KaOS Linux devs also mention the fact that KDE-based applications like Gcompris, Calligra, KWave, and Kaffeine have been recently ported to Qt 6 and KDE Frameworks 6 can be used within the distribution.

Under the hood, KaOS 2024.05 ships with the Mesa 24.0.7 graphics stack, FFmpeg 6.1 multimedia framework, systemd 253.19 init system, Glib2 2.80 stack, as well as Python 3.11, KMod 32, OpenSSL 3.3, and OpenJDK 17 technologies.

KaOS Linux 2024.05 is available for download right now from the official website or by using the direct download link below. However, since KaOS Linux follows a rolling-release model, existing users need only to update their installations using the sudo pacman -Syu command in a terminal emulator app.

If you prefer, you can also download KaOS 2024.05 directly from here.

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