KaOS 2016.04 released, celebrating 3rd anniversary

KaOS team announced availability of KaOS 2016.04, latest monthly updated of independently evolved, rolling GNU/Linux distribution that offers a lean KDE experience. KaOS 2016.04 is not just a monthly update release, it also marks 3 years of this US based distribution.

By this release, KaOS has completely migrated to Qt 5.6 and consequently it has rebuilt complete desktop. Also, Calamares, installation framework used in KaOS is updated to 2.2.1 series.

QtWebengine has now replaced QtWebkit as the base for the default web-browser Qupzilla. You will find a much better multimedia experience, were full-screen video is now supported, sites like Vimeo just work and there is no longer a need to use the unmaintained since 2012 flashplugin. Pepperflash is fully compatible with new Qupzilla 2.0. The Plasma Desktop includes Frameworks 5.21.0, Plasma 5.6.2 and KDE Applications 16.04.0.

Some KDE applications look like they might not make the kf5 migration. One such app is kget, it was partially ported, but all work on it has stalled for too long to keep it an option for KaOS. A new and very complete download manager has replaced kget. Fatrat will be part of KaOS default installs from now on. Another change is the move to Cantata as the default Music Manager, Clementine’s focus is still on developing for Qt 4 plus has security issues which new Sqlite tried to avoid. Cantata is fully Qt 5 ported and very well-integrated in the Plasma 5 desktop.
Read original release announcement in KaOS blog.

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