This is my second post on KaOS Linux, the first was: KaOS Linux – ‘A Lean KDE Distribution back on 1/16/2021. KaOS only offers KDE Plasma, and back then I couldn’t stand KDE so that was a brief post. I have recently moved to the KDE Plasma DE as my primary Linux DE, so KaOS is now more interesting to me. 😉

Have been testing KaOS Linux for almost a week now, and have found it extremely helpful in learning more about the KDE Plasma DE. For example, the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits‘ – Part 3b & KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits‘ – Part 4 posts were inspired by some KaOS test results.

I don’t believe any other Linux DE comes close to offering so many successful internet search results as the KDE Plasma DE seems to have. Maybe the Ubuntu Distro offers more internet search results, but I don’t think it can offer as many successful internet search results as the mere Desktop Environment KDE Plasma does.

Not my ‘Cup of Tea‘, but I have found KaOS Linux impressive enough that I’m going to add it to the #10 spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page…possibly creating a new category, e.g. ‘KDE Plasma Trainer‘. 🤔

Installing KaOS

Downloaded the KaOS-2022.02-x86_64.iso @ 2.79 GBs ‘n started looking for their suggested utility to create a ‘Live’ USB.

For Windows, they recommenced using SUSE Studio ImageWriter to create the ‘Live’ USB bootable media; however, the SUSE site says “We used to have SUSE Studio ImageWriter compiled for windows, but this is not maintained anymore. Feel free to fork it and build/maintain the windows version yourself.”

Ended up using balenaEtcher to create the ‘Live’ USB bootable media.

If you have a NVIDIA GPU, then select the KaOS “nonfree Nvidia” option at the ‘Live’ USB Grub during bootup, in order to have the driver installed automatically.

Lots of ‘Thangs I don’t like about KaOS, as a secondary Linux OS for my primary Win11 Pro OS, but it does make a great Distro to learn KDE Plasma on, i.e. some Tweaking involved_tho without a lot of the normal Linux OS learning distractions going on.

Here’s a pic of the ‘Live’ USB desktop:

Note the Octopi icon on ‘Dat Panel that is stuck alllllllllllll the waaaaaayyyyy over on the right side. Anyway, Octopi is a “Powerful Pacman (GUI | frontend) written in Qt” that KaOS offers, and here is why:

As KaOS clearly states on their Home page it “is an independent distribution focused on Qt and KDE.” I’ll get more into moving ‘Dat Panel_AND_how I had to use Pacman (Terminal) + Octopi (GUI) in Part 2 of this series.

I am including some pics of the installation process, because KaOS added a few twists here ‘n there. They use the Calamares installer:

Next, if you use a Nvidia GPU, there is a License Agreement:

Be sure you check the “accept the terms” box at the bottom.

Then a few Package options:

Then I went wid their default Systemd-boot:

They offer a standard ‘Password Dependent‘ user plus a root user:

It was a balancing act between the two user sections, which I’ll cover a little more in Part 2.

Conclusion

Easy install, and I am liking the KDE Plasma DE a little more every day!

  • Part 2 is next, it will cover some of the update processes, adding apps, moving ‘Dat Panel, etc. Am hoping just one more post will do it…

Will add this post to the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page_AND_ to the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page (specialty would be as a ‘KDE Plasma Trainer‘). 😉

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!