KaOS 2020.11 Linux Distro Released With A New Plasma System Monitor


Following the two months development cycle, KaOS team has announced a new stable version KaOS 2020.11 as the last release of 2020 series.

This November update contains upgraded packages for the KDE Plasma desktop, which include KDE Frameworks 5.76.0, Plasma 5.20.3, and KDE Applications 20.08.3.

With a new Plasma desktop 5.20.3, KaOS offers a lot of new functions such as grouping behavior for the Task Manager, Notifications when the system is about to run out of space, and Highlight Changed Settings feature.

Not just features, KaOS also has a new plasma-disk to see the status of all HDD or SDD using a new option available in kinfocenter app. Additionally, you can now use a swap file instead of a swap partition in the Calamares installer.

KaOS 2020.11 has also updated its core tools such as:

  • Linux 5.8.18
  • GCC 10.2.0
  • Glibc 2.32
  • Glib2 2.66.3
  • Binutils 2.35.1
  • Mesa 20.2.2
  • Qt 5.15.2
  • GMP 6.2.1
  • Cmake 3.19.0
  • Ruby 2.7.2
  • Git 2.29.2
  • Opencv 4.5.0
  • Poppler 20.11.0
  • NetworkManager 1.26.4
  • Openvpn 2.5.0

KaOS team is preparing to move most modules to QML and already rewritten some of like a keyboard and Locale module. Continuing its shift to QML, developers are now writing a new Users module in QML called usersq.

Preview of the new Users module
Preview of the new Users module

Though it’s almost ready for the use, this release has not included it yet.

On the applications side, KaOS 2020.11 features three new software:

  • Walt Disney Animation Studios SeExpr
  • Astrometric Plate solver Stellarsolver
  • Plasma System Monitor
Krita with SeExpr
Krita with SeExpr

At last, if you want to try the latest KaOS 2020.11, download the ISO image from here or simply upgrade your packages (if you’re already using it) using the command:

sudo pacman -Syu
Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar is a software engineer by profession with interest and experience in Blockchain, Angular, React and Flutter. He loves to explore the nuts and bolts of Linux and share his experience and insights of Linux and open source on the web/various prestigious portals.
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