KaOS-2019.02 was released recently, so I decided to test it.
I’ll note that I have tested it only in a KVM virtual machine. I have previously tested earlier KaOS versions on real hardware. But I logged into KaOS so infrequently, that I decided to only use a virtual machine install this time.
What is KaOS
KaOS is a rolling release, featuring the KDE (Plasma 5) desktop. It usually keeps up with new releases from KDE.org. The current release is using Plasma 5.15.2, KDE Frameworks 5.55.0 and QT 5.12.1.
In prior experience with earlier versions of KaOS, it often had the latest KDE release a day or two earlier than openSUSE Tumbleweed.
I downloaded the iso from the source-forge download site. I verified the provided gpg signature to check the download. I already had a copy of the signing key on my keyring, from earlier tests of KaOS.
Since my last post on 15.0, there have been several new beta releases. We have seen Build115.1, Build 124.1, Build 127.1, Build 128.1 and Build 129.1.
With that many builds, I have not been downloading them all. I have been updating my 15.0 systems. I am updating them in the same way that I update openSUSE Tumbleweed. That is, I am using
to update from the repos. My most recent install attempts have been with Build127.1, though most of my systems are now updated to the latest version.
Things are mostly going well with 15.0. The final release is still planned for May. But if you want to take a look at pre-release versions, then now is a good time to try.
What I have tested is mainly working well. There are still a few bugs in the partitioner, as used for install. Some of those bugs have already been fixed in the latest updates.
I have already reviewed Ubuntu-17.04. However, the Ubuntu folk (i.e. Canonical) had already announced that, starting with 18.04, they would switch their mainline version from the Unity desktop to the Gnome desktop. So I decided to also test out the 17.04 version of Ubuntu with Gnome desktop.
I installed Ubuntu-gnome in an already existing encrypted LVM. The machine that I used actually has two hard drives, with an encrypted LVM on each drive. So this was a different LVM from the one that I used for the mainline Ubuntu (with unity). Currently, both versions of Ubuntu are installed on that machine.
Recently, openSUSE Tumbleweed updated Gnome to version 3.24. So I decided to give it a test. And I ran into some “problems”. This post will discuss those problems.
Gnome under Wayland
My oldest Tumbleweed system was installed in November 2014. And that’s where I first tested Gnome. At the time, I was using “sddm” for logins. Selecting “Gnome” on the login menu gave me a Gnome session running under X11. This was as expected. There was also a menu item for “Gnome-Wayland”. Selecting that gave me Gnome running under Wayland for managing the graphics.
I later switched to using “gdm” as login manager. And, with “gdm”, selecting “Gnome” gave me a Wayland session.
Next, I tried on my laptop. Tumbleweed was installed there on March 14 this year. I was already configured to use “gdm” for logins there. But, try as I did, I was unable to get a Wayland session for Gnome.
I recently did my April install of Tumbleweed. And it’s an interesting system. I also updated an existing Tumbleweed to the new level (20150330).
Of particular interest this month:
- there’s a newer version of NetworkManager;
- Gnome 3.16 is out and has some support for Wayland;
- “top” output format is changed.
I’ll start with Wayland, since that is the biggest change. If you have been living in a cave, and have not heard of Wayland, it has a web page HERE.
Briefly, Wayland is a proposed provider of graphic services as a possible replacement for X-windows. There are arguments around as to whether X needs a replacement. I am taking a wait and see attitude before I make up my mind on that.