EasyOS Kirkstone-series 5.6.3
EasyOS was created in 2017, derived from Quirky Linux,
which in turn was derived from Puppy Linux in 2013. Easy
is built in woofQ, which takes as input binary packages
from any distribution, and uses them on top of the unique
Throughout 2020, the official release for x86_64 PCs was
the Buster-series, built with Debian 10.x Buster DEBs.
EasyOS has also been built with packages compiled from
source, using a fork of OpenEmbedded (OE). Currently, the
Kirkstone release of OE has been used, to compile binary
packages for x86_64.
Earlier releases of EasyOS compiled in OE are the
Dunfell-series and before that the Pyro-series. They have
also been compiled for aarch64 and EasyOS runs on the
The last release of the x86_64 Dunfell-series was January
10, 2023, version 4.5.5. The announcement and release
notes are here:
The version number is for EasyOS itself, independent of
the target hardware; that is, the infrastructure,
support-glue, system scripts and system management and
The latest version is becoming mature, though Easy is an
experimental distribution and some parts are under
development and are still considered as beta-quality.
However, you will find this distro to be a very pleasant
surprise, or so we hope.
4.99 release notes
Version 4.99 is a Release Candidate for 5.0. Here are
relevant blog posts:
read-only or read-write — February 18, 2023
PETs are gone — February 17, 2023
MoManager — February 16, 2023
local help — February 14, 2023
integrated into easy.sfs — February 13, 2023
langpack PETs abandoned — February 10, 2023
Firefox getting deleted when SFS layers change —
February 08, 2023
improved — February 06, 2023
more pkgs compiled in OE — February 05, 2023
in translation strings in initrd — January 25,
xserver-fb added to Kirkstone build — January 23,
run GTK apps in the initrd — January 23, 2023
2-letter language asked in initrd — January 13,
added to MoManager — January 08, 2023
automatic language translation — January 06, 2023
in Kirkstone-series — December 25, 2022
git repository created — December 20, 2022
rolled back and forward — December 07, 2022
to Kirkstone-series — December 05, 2022
In a nutshell, packages are compiled in the Kirkstone
release of OpenEmbedded, and EasyOS now has international
translations builtin, langpack PETs no longer used, nor
are there separate per-language builds.
4.101 release notes
Lots of bug fixes.
5.0 release notes
This is it, version 5.0-final, the official start of the
Kirkstone-series. More bug fixes, tweaks and some updates:
5.1 release notes
The big news is the "AppImage Installer".
5.1.1 release notes
Some small but important bug fixes. One package bump,
AppImage Installer improvements.
5.2 release notes
A complete recompile in OE and more AppImage Installer
5.2.1 release notes
Significant improvements to Appi, the AppImage Installer,
and integration of the three package managers.
5.2.2 release notes
The big news is support for installing Flatpaks.
of dbus-daemon instances — April 15, 2023
monitor VertRefresh range — April 15, 2023
not work with ext4 folder encryption — April 10,
not recognized by git — April 09, 2023
tutorial updated — April 08, 2023
wrapper improved — April 08, 2023
update fix — April 08, 2023
Installer — April 07, 2023
in OE — April 06, 2023
created in initrd — April 05, 2023
for root password at first bootup — April 05, 2023
compile in OE — April 05, 2023
ru translation updates — April 04, 2023
...wow, as usual a feverish pace of development.
5.2.3 release notes
Fantastic rationalization of the "app" and "setup"
5.2.4 release notes
Version 5.2.4 is identical to 5.2.3, except for script
/usr/local/easy_version/easy-update. The reason is
You do not need to update to 5.2.4. For any earlier
release in the Kirkstone-series (5.0+), download the
script, remove the ".gz" off the end (it is not really
compressed) and replace the script at
/usr/local/easy_version/easy-update. The script is here:
Then wait for Easy 5.3 to be released, which will have
the new fscrypt v2. Then, when you click on the "update"
icon, it will run the new script.
If you boot Easy without a password, then this change in
fscrypt won't affect you. You won't need the new script,
can just update when 5.3 is released.
Or, if you boot without a password, but would like to
change to encrypted folders, then install the new script,
and you will get the opportunity to enter a password at
first bootup after the update to 5.3.
If you are new to EasyOS, recommend that you wait for
5.3 release notes
The first release with fscrypt v2; please read the above
There are many more fixes and improvements not reported
above. See github commit history up-to today:
5.3.1 release notes
Important fixes and improvements.
Plus fr and es translations. And more, see recent
5.3.2 release notes
Important updates, fixes and improvements:
encrypted folders on mounted ext4 partitions —
June 04, 2023
touchpad on or off — June 02, 2023
version 4.0.10 revision-2 compile — June 01, 2023
Update button fixed — June 01, 2023
and why EasyOS is different page updated — May 29,
AppImage vs Flatpak — May 29, 2023
up permissions under /files take-2 — May 28, 2023
Kdenlive project setup — May 27, 2023
Flapi, Appi and pupX fixes — May 26, 2023
- Kernel 5.15.114, vmwgfx enabled
Thanks to the guys for es and ru translation updates. And
more, see recent commits:
5.4 release notes
This is a milestone release. VM support and some little
Plus more, see recent github commits:
5.4.1 release notes
Released the day after 5.4! Just one change, printing
fixed, see this forum discussion:
Plus some very small changes committed:
If running 5.4, just click the "update" icon, the update
to 5.4.1 is only 929KB.
5.4.3 release notes
A lot of changes for such a minor version bump:
now builtin to EasyOS — June 22, 2023
personal database compiled in OE — June 22, 2023
5.15.117 compiled with 9P features for QEMU — June
2.7.5 compiled in OE — June 21, 2023
open URL in browser from flatpak app — June 20,
Turkish translations — June 19, 2023
recompiled in OE with more features — June 17,
little improvements — June 17, 2023
to install EasyOS on a new SSD page updated — June
up permissions under /files take-3 — June 16, 2023
for debugging EasyOS page updated — June 14, 2023
5.4.5 release notes
Mostly about replacement of sudo with sudo-sh, plus some
5.4.6 release notes
Most important, fix for Flapi:
5.4.7 release notes
Improved translation and great new features:
5.4.8 release notes
The menu now has not-yet-installed apps, identified by an
orange-ball icon. These include AQEMU and QtEmu GUIs for
Note, KeePassXC (in the tray) has a ready-made database
file at /files/database/keepassxc/Passwords.kdbx, with
password "woofwoof". Of course, the password will need to
be changed if you want to use that database file.
5.4.9 release notes
5.4.10 release notes
Lots of nice improvements...
incompatibility with Yad — August 07, 2023
version 113.0.5672.126 compiled in OE — August 07,
and Security Manager overhauled — August 05, 2023
and Qlipper clipboard managers compiled in OE —
August 04, 2023
How and Why EasyOS is Different page — August 04,
review at It's FOSS News — August 03, 2023
return of FPM2 — August 03, 2023
invalid app-name detected — August 02, 2023
.desktop revert to NoDisplay=true — August 02,
revert to orange-ball menu entry — August 02, 2023
return of Flowblade — August 02, 2023
Flowblade video editor is now builtin!
5.5 release notes
The big news is the change to usr-merge.
usr-merge fixes for Kirkstone 5.5 — September 12,
release of EasyOS Kirkstone-series version 5.5 —
September 10, 2023
execute usrmerged binaries on non-usrmerged OS —
September 09, 2023
fixes convert Void pkg db to Puppy db format —
September 07, 2023
version 4.0.12 release-r4 compiled — September 07,
and woofQ change to usr-merge — September 03, 2023
convert Void pkg db to Puppy db format — September
support to build with Void .xbps packages —
September 02, 2023
handling for Void Linux .xbps packages — August
inaccessible folder — August 31, 2023
Chinese language PETs — August 17, 2023
illegal instruction problem again — August 15,
installed in OE — August 14, 2023
manager wrapper in tray — August 10, 2023
The above links show a lot of development for woofQ to
support Void Linux .xbps packages, but that will be a
later release of EasyOS, nicknamed "easyVoid".
5.5.1 release notes
Fixed some collateral damage due to usr-merge.
5.5.2 release notes
More little bug fixes. One big change is moved from
NetworkManager to the traditional Puppy network tools.
5.5.3 release notes
Important bug fixes. Chromium version bump.
5.5.4 release notes
More bugs fixes.
5.5.5 release notes
Kernel, Limine and TV Panel version bump, new process
utilities, return to NetworkManager:
5.6.1 release notes
Complete revision-5 recompile in OE, with some package
version bumps, and now Firefox compiled. Preliminary
support for proprietary NVIDIA drivers.
Firefox is now the builtin browser, replacing Chromium.
5.6.2 release notes
Have changed back to Chromium builtin.
...last item explains why going back to Chromium. See
5.6.3 release notes
New Planner, Blender SFS, kernel bump, NVIDIA SFS bump,
and some important fixes...
Why would you choose EasyOS
instead of some other Linux distribution?
For a quick overview of how EasyOS is different from
other Linux distributions, read this:
You will notice that the download is quite small, yet
contains just about every application you would ever need,
such as Firefox|Chromium browser, LibreOffice, Gimp, Dia,
Inkscape, Planner, Homebank, Osmo, NoteCase, Celluloid and
Audacious. There are powerful system managers, such as
NetworkManager, EasyContainers, EasyVersionControl and
BluePup for example, is a bluetooth manager, unique to
EasyOS. Another unique tool is 'easydd', a GUI or CLI tool
for writing an image file to SD-card or USB-stick.
We are very grateful to Ibiblio for hosting
EasyOS, right from the start:
EasyOS has one mirror of ibiblio.org, thanks to NLUUG,
Legal statement: https://easyos.org/about/legal-disclaimers-miscellania.html