First, minimal test ISO is uploading for the February 2017 KaOS stable ISO.
As always, early test ISOs are minimal, no language packs (though Plasma 5, just the desktop, has the translations build-in), very few apps, just a web-browser, file manager, text editor, GUI package manager. The non-free nvidia drivers are included since they are a big part of what needs testing.
A new stable ISO is needed a bit sooner than usual due to the exceptional large amounts of updates the last 4-5 weeks. This includes Qt 5.8 move, Plasma 5.9, latest Perl, Bash, Readline, Ruby, Protobuf, Gstreamer packages, Xorg-Server, libwebp, a move to qtwebkit-tp replacing qt5-webkit and a move to openjdk 8.
KaOS ISOs are not only GTK free but are Qt4 & KDE 4 free too.
This is as pure a Qt 5/Plasma 5 ISO as possible.
Plan is to have Frameworks 5.31.0, KDE Applications 16.12.2, Plasma 5.9.2/3 and Linux 4.9.x on the final ISO. If all testing goes well expect the final ISO to be released in 10-12 days
Calamares version used is 3.0.1. Release Notes page is not fully updated yet, you will see the text from the November ISO.
The ISO is using packages from the build, but that repo is not enabled, so if you decide to install, make sure to add the build repo to your pacman.conf.
To help with testing:
- Use Kaptan in live mode (start from the menu) and installed (will autostart), and apply as many settings changes as you like
- Use Isowriter to write the test ISO to your USB stick, plan is to remove imagewriter from the repos after this test cycle
- Use in live mode on as much different hardware as possible
- If you have an UEFI capable system, check if the ISO boots in both UEFI and legacy BIOS mode, make sure though to turn off secure boot
- test installs on real hardware are needed, not just vbox
- check as many partitioning options as possible in the partitioning of Calamares, see if all works and is clear enough
- test with adding a new panel (use the "default" option) in live mode, especially on Nvidia hardware, see if this now custom panel is added without issues.
debug packages for Calamares are part of all ISOs, run Calamares with gdb if you encounter errors
provide the installation log, if you encounter any issue at all
You can start Calamares from the Welcome app, or run it with:
sudo calamares -d
The install log will be created in the home directory of the Live user, see
~/installation.log. It is available after the install in the target system in
If run from cli, make sure to pastebin the full output, since no installation.log will be copied then, though that log is more complete.
The new site for testing ISOs is still in use:
On this ISO you will find:
KDE Applications 16.12.2 kf5 based
Git builds of KDE Application that are ported to frameworks, but were not part yet of 16.12
Octopi 0.9dev with sysinfo & cachecleaner tool