The development team behind the independently developed KaOS Linux distribution has kicked off 2024 with a new ISO release that brings you the first pure Plasma 6-based environment for you to try ahead of the launch of the highly-anticipated KDE Plasma 6 desktop environment later this month.
“What you will see on this ISO is a pure Plasma 6 based environment.”
KDE Plasma 6 is almost here and we will all be able to enjoy its new features and improvements starting February 28th, 2024, but KaOS Linux devs are ahead of the game with their Arch Linux-inspired distro and are shipping today a new ISO running the second Release Candidate (RC) version of Plasma 6, Frameworks 6, and KDE Gear 24.02.
“Almost fifteen months ago work started to fully migrate to a Frameworks 6, Plasma 6 based distribution,” said the devs. “KaOS though has been shipping all ported applications from their Frameworks 6 branch in the many snapshot ISOs it has released to get ready for this migration. Just about all applications that users have become used to seeing in a Frameworks 5 / Plasma 5 version are available as a Frameworks 6 / Plasma 6 port.”
Despite Plasma 6 being slated for a February 28th release, it will take some time for most rolling-release distributions like Arch Linux or openSUSE Tumbleweed to package and distribute this significant update to users. However, those who can’t wait that long can go ahead and download KaOS Linux 2024.01 right away. Keeping this installation updated until February 28th will allow you to be one of the first to operate KDE Plasma 6.
In case your preferred applications haven’t yet geared up for Plasma 6, don’t worry. KaOS Linux includes both KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 6, so you can still use these applications in the KDE Plasma 6 environment. The developers have mentioned though, that apps heavily dependent on segments of KDE Plasma 5 won’t show up on the KaOS repos until they are ported and ready for use on a daily basis.
Moving deeper into the system, KaOS Linux 2024.01 is driven by the Linux 6.6 LTS kernel series. It features numerous updated components such as
FFmpeg 6, Boost 1.83.0/ICU 74.1 stack, LLVM/Clang 17.0.6, systemd 254.9, Python 3.10.13, Util-Linux 2.39.3, IWD 2.13, MariaDB 11, and Postgresql 16.
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