Distribution Release: KaOS 2020.01

  • KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution that features the latest version of the KDE desktop environment, the Calligra office suite, and other popular software applications that use the Qt toolkit. The project’s latest snapshot is KaOS 2020.01 which introduces signed kernel modules. “A nice way of starting 2020 is to present to you the January release of a new stable ISO image. For the many changes in this release, two stand out. First one is the addition of signed kernel modules for Linux 5.4. All internal modules are now automatically signed during the kernel build, out of tree modules like virtualbox-modules and NVIDIA packages have the signing added too. Building of those modules was adjusted to use the kernel specific signing files during each and every rebuild. You can harden your system by adding module.sig_enforce=1 to your kernel boot line. Second, to better accommodate hybrid systems and non-free NVIDIA, there is now a switch from libgl to vendor-neutral libglvnd.” Further information on these and other changes, including efforts to remove obsolete Python 2 packages, can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download (SHA256): KaOS-2020.01-x86_64.iso (2,185MB, signature, pkglist).

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