Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

KateOS 3.0 Released & Tested

Filed under
Linux
Reviews
-s

KateOS 3.0 was released early this morning and happily Tuxmachines was granted a preview. This release brings lots of new changes as well as a great looking new theme. Performance and stability remain, as always, well above par. KateOS has always been one of our favorite distributions, and this release doesn't change that either.

The installer remains very much the same as in previous releases. It looks much like the installer found in Slackware with several added options to help the user configure their system. One of its nicer features is the making of an intrid file for the user. One chooses their default desktop during the install phase as well.

KateOS features Xfce4 as its default desktop. Each release seems to bring a new look. This release we have Xfce 4.4 beta2 with a really nice theme. The wallpaper background colors can be described as shades of sunshine perhaps, that's what I think of when I see it. It features a pair of strawberries in the very popular gel look, and the os name in burnt orange. The windec is a pretty 3D in a henna color called GonxicalHuman. Tango is the icon theme and DejaVu is the default font. Even the splash screen has been customized to match perfectly, featuring a single strawberry and almost brick-red gel-like progress bar background with green progress bar. This is a bit of a change from the darker mascoline theme of the last series, but is none the less attractive. Again, as always, the talented artist is Adam Rakowski. Lead developer Damian Rakowski said, "The theme is more utilitarian than the previous one in KateOS 2.1. The desktop is clean and we have a good hope that most of users will enjoy it."

        

KateOS comes in two main isos. One could probably get a complete working system from just the first cd, but you may want to download the second as well. The second iso contains not only the compiler and friends, but it also contains Fluxbox, icewm, Firefox, gaim, Thunderbird, the kernel source, xscreensaver, wine, sylpheed, pan, Seamonkey, OpenOffice.org, and much more. Also available are isos for the KDE and Gnome modules. See this page for a complete list of available packages included in the two cd images.

        

What's new this release? One of the main changes is that KateOS 3.0 is no longer based on Slackware and has been built from scratch. It's important for users to be aware of this change as KateOS is no longer compatible with Slackware. As Damian told me,

Kate doesn't contain any Slackware packages and is even not compatible with it in many ways. KateOS packages support dependencies (built in every package), multinational descriptions and additional files used by updateos. Of course KateOS uses modified, internationalized Slackware installator, and some other solutions used in Slackware, but since some time KateOS is independently developed distribution. Whole package managment system has been rewritten, not only updateos. Old Slackware scripts (installpkg, removepkg etc.) were replaced by one c++ program named PKG. installpkg, removepkg are only symbolic links to pkg (for backward compatibility). All KateOS 3.0 packages have been compiled by GCC 4.X, and linked with libraries, which sometimes can't be used in Slackware yet. Many obsolete solutions (eg. like libtermcap) are no more present in Kate.

Slackware users can't upgrade their system to KateOS, and KateOS users shouldn't use Slackware packages.

Also new are several new system tool "subprojects." Quoting the KateOS site:

  • PKG - a base tool for managing TGZex packages; it lets the user install, update, and remove packages locally. PKG has replaced the old package management scripts, adding dependencies support and multilingual package descriptions.
  • libsmarttools - a C++ library containing a set of base classes and functions helping in the development of system tools. Updateos2 and libupdateos have been created using libsmarttools.
  • libupdateos - a C++ library containing classes and functions for remote TGZex packages management. It is the base of the updateos2 tool.
  • updateos2 - a tool for remotly installing
    and updating TGZex packages; a text interface for the libupdateos
    library.

In addition, Damian adds,

Most of system tools, init scripts and installer have been internationalized, also all packages supports internationalized descriptions. System is integrated with udev, hal and dbus, so removable media are autodetected and automounted. KateOS supports also nfs4 out of the box Smile /etc directory has been cleaned up, most important system settings can be adjusted in /etc/conf.d, gnome configuration files are in /etc/gnome, xfce files in /etc/xfce. System uses bootsplash by default.

        

In testing the KateOS 3.0 offering, I found very little to complain about. Hardware detection was good and the only thing out of the ordinary not detected was my usb scanner. Sound, video, printer, etc was detected properly. Performance was above average and applications opened really quickly. All applications function very well with no crashes or phantoms. Multimedia playback was wonderful, I had no problems playing cds, dvds, as well as other file formats such as avis, mpgs, or bins. Basic browser plugins can be downloaded and installed easily enough. So, again, I just found KateOS to be a wonderful system. It's even easy to work with. There's no reason why new Linux users can't test out and enjoy KateOS as well as old veterans.

        

What's in the future? Again quoting the KateOS site:

Our task for the nearest future is to create a KateOS community which would help in maintaining the development rate, and could keep improving our solutions. A bugtracker and a community packages portal have been launched along with the new edition. The KateOS documentation has been updated; among others, it includes a detailed installation tutorial in html and flash.

KateOS Homepage.

Buy professional crafted CDs HERE, the DVD HERE, or the MiniIso HERE.

Downloads available HERE.


Great distro

I have used the Kate OS 3 RC1, and walked away quite impressed. The theme of the OS is eye catching to say the least, and I found the support to be great. I have not used too many distros that had such great video/audio support off the getgo without much tweaking.

I look forward to seeing what future versions have installed. Great Xfce distro for those who love the desktop environment.

kateos.org not available

Kateos is a really nice system so I was eager to download this new release. But I have not been able to connect to their site for over 12 hours now. Are they down? Are they slashdotted? Can anyone else get through?

re: kateos.org not available

Well, pooh, I noticed they were down a coupla days ago, but I figured they'd be right back up. Hmm, I hadn't heard from damian, I don't know what's going on.

Here's one mirror for the isos:
Kate_OS_3.0

----
You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

re: kateos.org back up

They had been experiencing some server problems, but it is back up now and updated for the new release.

http://www.kateos.org/.

----
You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Qt/KDE: Qt5 in Debian and Slackware, QtCreator on Android, KDE Discover, and Plasma's 10th Anniversary

  • moving Qt 4 from Debian testing (aka Buster): some statistics, update II
    We started filing bugs around September 9. That means roughly 32 weeks which gives us around 5.65 packages fixed per week, aka 0.85 packages per day. Obviously not as good as we started (remaining bugs tend to be more complicated), but still quite good.
  • [Slackware] Plasma5 – April 18 edition for Slackware
    The KDE-5_18.04 release of ‘ktown‘ for Slackware-current offers the latest KDE Frameworks (5.45.0), Plasma (5.12.4) and Applications (18.04.0). The Qt5 was upgraded to 5.9.5. Read the README file for more details and for installation/upgrade instructions. Enjoy the latest Plasma 5 desktop environment.
  • Perfect Debugging Experience with QtCreator on Android
    While I was working on a yet-to-be-announced super secret and cool Qt on Android project, I had to do a lot of debugging. This way I found that debugging Qt apps on Android using QtCreator was ok, but it had some issues, which was kinda frustrating.
  • Discover – Easily Install Software on KDE Neon Desktop
    KDE Discover is an Open Source GUI app installer that comes packaged with KDE Neon. It was particularly built from the ground up to be compatible with other modern Linux distros with emphasis on beauty and convenience. KDE Discover was also designed to allow for an intuitive User Experience as it features a clean and clear layout with a high readability value which makes it easy to browse, search for, install, and uninstall applications.
  • Almost 10 years of Plasma-Desktop
    Last week I was at work and start to listen my boss said: “We need to show this to our director”. So I went to my coworker table to see what was happening. So they were using Gource to make a video about the git history of the project. Gource is a software version control visualization tool. So that triggered in my mind some memories about a friend talking about Python and showing how the project as grow in this past years, but I never discovered about the tool that made that amazing video. So well, I started to make some Gource videos, and because my love about KDE Community, why not make one about it?

GNOME: Getting Real GNOME Back in Ubuntu 18.04, Bug Fix for Memory Leak

  • Getting Real GNOME Back in Ubuntu 18.04 [Quick Tip]
    Ubuntu 18.04 uses a customized version of GNOME and GNOME users might not like those changes. This tutorial shows you how to install vanilla GNOME on Ubuntu 18.04. One of the main new features of Ubuntu 18.04 is the customized GNOME desktop. Ubuntu has done some tweaking on GNOME desktop to make it look similar to its Unity desktop. So you get minimize options in the windows control, a Unity like launcher on the left of the screen, app indicator support among some other changes.
  • The Infamous GNOME Shell Memory Leak
    at this point, I think it’s safe to assume that many of you already heard of a memory leak that was plaguing GNOME Shell. Well, as of yesterday, the two GitLab’s MRs that help fixing that issue were merged, and will be available in the next GNOME version. The fixes are being considered for backporting to GNOME 3.28 – after making sure they work as expected and don’t break your computer.
  • The Big GNOME Shell Memory Leak Has Been Plugged, Might Be Backported To 3.28
    The widely talked about "GNOME Shell memory leak" causing excessive memory usage after a while with recent versions of GNOME has now been fully corrected. The changes are currently staged in Git for what will become GNOME 3.30 but might also be backported to 3.28. Well known GNOME developer Georges Stavracas has provided an update on the matter and confirmed that the issue stems from GJS - the GNOME JavaScript component - with the garbage collection process not being fired off as it should.

Graphics: AMDVLK, XWayland and Vulkan

  • AMDVLK Vulkan Driver Stack Gets Updated With More Extensions, Optimizations & Fixes
    AMD developers maintaining their official Vulkan cross-platform driver code have pushed their end-of-week updates to their external source repositories for those wanting to build the AMDVLK driver on Linux from source. This latest AMDVLK push updates not only their PAL (Platform Abstraction Layer) and XGL (Vulkan API Layer) components but it also updates their fork of the LLVM code-base used for their shader compilation.
  • EGLStreams XWayland Code Revised Ahead Of X.Org Server 1.20
    It's still not clear if the EGLStreams XWayland support will be merged for xorg-server 1.20 but at least the patches were revised this week, making it possible to merge them into this next X.Org Server release for allowing the NVIDIA proprietary driver to work with XWayland.
  • Vulkan 1.1.74 Released With Minor Fixes & Clarifications
    Vulkan continues sticking to the "release early, release often" mantra with the availability today of Vulkan 1.1.74.

Xfce Releases/Updates

  • Xfce Settings 4.12.3 / 4.13.2 Released
    Fixes galore! Xfce Settings 4.12.3 and 4.13.2 were released on March 18th with several improvements, feature parity, and translations.
  • Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.4.0 (and 0.4.1) Released
    Stable as a rock. Xfce PulseAudio Plugin hit a new stable milestone with the 0.4.0 release. This release wraps up the awesome development cycle we’ve had on this over the last few months and is recommended for all users.
  • Xfce Settings Update Brings Better Multi-Monitor Support
    While still waiting on the long-awaited Xfce 4.14, out this weekend is an Xfce Settings 4.14.2 preview release as well as an Xfce Settings 4.12.3 stable series update. Both of these Xfce Settings updates bring better multi-monitor support, including visualization of all display configuration states, visually noting if two displays are mirrored, always drawing the active display last so it's on top, and a number of fixes pertaining to the multi-monitor display handling from this Xfce desktop settings agent.