KaOS Linux 2022.02 is never going to work for Fulltime Linux Root Users like me, other than as a useful KDE Plasma Trainer’, because it is just too difficult to add apps, updates, upgrades, etc in the root user’s section. It requires using the standard Password Dependent user’s section to do most of the adding of apps…heck, this is what greets the user if they boot into the root user’s section of a newly installed KaOS desktop:

A clear majority of the World’s OS Desktop/Laptop users don’t want to be the Submissive to the Dominant Linux ‘Nanny on their *OWN* home computers!?! Geez, Linux Developers, take a cue from Android ‘n Chrome ‘n Windows OSes! Keep the annoying “Authenticate” popups and/or other pestering ‘Pesky Passwords’ outta the root user’s section, but allow those users to also have sound, functional GUI Package Managers, etc.

Anyway, I found it best to do most of the updating ‘n adding of apps in the standard Password Dependent user’s section, and then you can find most of those apps over in the root user’s section.

Most *EXCELLENT*KDE Plasma Trainer‘ tho!

Working wid KaOS Linux 2022.02

The second ‘Thang I had to do wid the new KaOS desktop was to move that vertical panel from the right side to a horizontal position at the bottom. I wasn’t able to do that back in 1/16/2021 because I was totally lost back then when using the KDE Plasma DE. However, I have now been working wid KDE since about 1/3/2022, and I now use it as my primary Linux Desktop Environment. Oh, the first ‘Thang I usually do is to switch the primary ‘n secondary mouse buttons. 😉

Still run into problems, but they are a lot easier to resolve now. A simple internet search usually turns up the right answer on Google’s first few hits.

Moving the KaOS’s vertical panel from the right side to a horizontal position at the bottom…first, click secondary mouse button on the panel:

Select Enter Edit Mode.

That opens:

Move the mouse arrow to the “Drag to move” ‘n start dragging ‘Dat panel! 😉

You’ll drag it out to the center, then drag it towards the bottom a tad, and then just drop it.

Exit the Edit Mode by clicking on an open desktop area ‘n you get:

Bingo! That’s the wallpaper in the standard Password Dependent user’s section ‘n I really like it!

Took me a couple tries to get the dragging right, but mainly drop it when nothing seems to be moving anymore…well, if you want it on the bottom. If not…move it wherever you want. 😉

I did some more working & ‘Tweaking‘ on the KaOS desktop ‘n panel, and will have more pics towards the end of this post.

Adding apps ‘n updates in the root user’s section

After dealing wid the obnoxious Octopi GUI Package Manager over in the standard Password Dependent user’s section I didn’t really miss it here in the root user’s section. It reloads every time you open it, and is incredibly slow at reloading.

I used Octopi in the standard Submissive password users section to get the KDE Discover going, and then went over to the root user’s section ‘n added it to the panel there. Something isn’t right wid it in the root user’s section, but I have managed to install at least one app there, the Chromium web browser…very slow tho. However, I don’t recall any others because I’ve had to go back ‘n forth so much between the standard user section ‘n root section to get apps over here.

The Pacman terminal works fine, but I’m not going to bother learning CLI for Pacman.

  • Sound confusing? It is!

If you’re a Submissive Linux “normal people” desktop user, then the standard Password Dependent user’s section will probably be OK for you. I know “normal people” who have used Linux for a long time, and most don’t recall even using passwords after a while…most of those have also never heard of autoscrolling wid the basic wheel mouse either.

Root‘ Sound issues

No Audio listed in System Settings:

However, you can play music in the root section:

The Finished KaOS Linux 2022.02

Conclusion

Have added KaOS Linux 2022.02 to the #10 spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page, under the new ‘KDE Plasma Trainer‘ category.

Automatically installs a NVIDIA driver if you follow the installation instructions from Part 1 of this series:

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.

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!