No Chaos KaOS, LibreSSL Fixed, and More KDE 5

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 16, 2014

Today in Linux news, LinuxInsider said "KaOS calms down" that unruly KDE desktop. Several places are reporting that the "catastrophic" flaw in LibreSSL has been patched. has a look at KDE Plasma 5 and Jos Poortvliet tries to clear up some of the naming confusion. Robert Pogson says his Linux desktop isn't broken, and there's more in tonight's Linux news review.

With KDE 5 still making headlines, it seems the right time for Jack Germain's story on KaOS, a Linux distribution featuring the KDE desktop. He says, "The KDE integration is much more controlled in KaOS than in other Linux choices." This original Linux uses Pacman and the Octopi front-end for package management, but Germain says there's only 2000 packages available for KaOS. That's intentional, they want to tightly control the quality of packages. Germain says KaOS "is built around a strictly enforced focus: the best software that runs on Qt." After a review, Germain concludes, "The KaOS distro is attractive to two types of users. One is already flustered with poor user experiences with other Linux distros. The other is looking for a better and more controlled KDE desktop environment."

Speaking of KDE 5, The Mukt today posted a review of the newly released desktop environment. They run down the new and improved features again, with the help of Aaron Seigo, before giving it a go. And give it a go they did. The Mukt says, "I have been using KDE Desktop/Plasma Desktop since 2011 and I found Plasma 5 to be a smooth transition."

In related news, lost in all the hubbub, KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.11.11 was released the same day as Plasma 5. Additionally, Jos Poortvliet today wrote:

There is no more need for the 'Software Compilation' term, which was invented to solve the confusion of 'KDE releases three separate things but all at once'. We no longer release the Applications, Desktop and Libraries at once...

Several sites, such as, are reporting that LibreSSL, that was said to be unsafe for Linux users, is now fixed. They quote Andrew Ayer, original hacker who found the flaw, saying of the fix, it's "a step in the right direction, but said the solution could be improved."

In other news, Leslie Hawthorn has some Linux resume tips, Robert Pogson says, My Debian GNU/Linux Desktop Is Not Broken, and Grim Fandango Comes to PC, Mac and Linux in a REMASTERED Version.