Fun Fact: I originally thought this was going to be a minor snapshot, as a ‘calm before the storm’ as Feren OS’s new Store and new icon set update are in the works… little did I know I was wrong.

Anyway, today, I’m proud to announce the release of the Feren OS July 2021 Snapshot. Snapshots are a regular occurence that usually occur every 4 months and provide the latest updates to Feren OS at the time of the ISO’s release right from the get-go.

Updating to the July 2021 Snapshot

As always, it’s simple to update to the July 2021 Snapshot. Just go into the…


After being delayed by a minor version, I’m happy to announce the release of KDE Plasma 5.22 to Feren OS’s latest release, now available via Update Manager!

You can see what the changes to KDE Plasma upstream are at https://kde.org/announcements/plasma/5/5.22.3/

Feren OS specific patches

As always, there are some patches made to Plasma in Feren OS. However, some more noticeable ones this time around are:

Mixed theme option in Quick Settings

In KDE Plasma 5.22, KDE has introduced a new homepage to System Settings where you can quickly manage certain settings. …


That namesake quote has been exchanged around for quite a while, between many people, and even a certain Desktop Environment’s own culture.

However, here’s my take on it… in short, that, as a blanket statement, isn’t the case right now, but it is fairly true for a specific target audience.

The Traditional Desktop

The ‘Traditional Desktop’, for those uninformed, is the OS design that is most commonly seen in the likes of Microsoft Windows and more. Menu bars, a Taskbar or panel to manage windows and launch applications with, and so on — they’re all synonymous with the ‘Traditional Desktop’ when they’re in…


So… I accidentally forgot to renew the keyring for the Feren OS repository before it expired. My bad, I completely forgot to renew it in time.

Anyway, this article isn’t about that but rather how to renew the key on existing Feren OS installs since this now affects all Feren OS November 2020 Snapshot and later installs up to this date.

Requirements

To perform this fix, you’ll need:

  1. An internet connection
  2. Administrator privileges (the first user has these by default)

The fix

To fix this issue, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Open Konsole from your Applications Menu (the bottom right bird by default), or…


This post will guide you through how to upgrade the following Feren OSs to a newer Feren OS base:

  • Feren OS 2016.1
  • Feren OS 2016.2 (including Updates 1 and 2)
  • Feren OS 2017.0
  • Feren OS August 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS October 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS January 2018 Snapshot
  • Feren OS April 2018 Snapshot

If you’re not running one of these versions of Feren OS, you can stop reading this article.

You can check your current Feren OS version from System Settings -> System Info / About System.

Feren OS August 2017 — April 2018 Snapshot

Updating your system is simple — go into Update Manager and fully update…


It’s with a very heavy heart that I must announce that today marks the end of the Ubuntu 16.04-based Feren OS era. This means the following versions of Feren OS have finally joined 2015.X in having reached End of Life:

  • Feren OS 2016.0/1
  • Feren OS 2016.2 (including Updates 1 and 2)
  • Feren OS 2017.0
  • Feren OS August 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS October 2017 Snapshot
  • Feren OS January 2018 Snapshot
  • Feren OS April 2018 Snapshot

The end of these releases marks the end of an era for not just Feren OS, but me personally. I was a very different person back…


You know, I should probably answer this question. One thing I do hear mentioned frequently in Feren OS reviews that have a section concerning the design is the corners. They’re sharp in windows, it’s been a thing ever since Feren OS’s conception back in late 2014 (before releasing in 2015), in fact, the design dating back to ‘Zuro UI for Windows’.

That still begs, the question, however: Why the sharp corners?

It’s simple — I can’t think of any good way to handle titlebar buttons on the current design in a rounded corners setting.

Note: This was a Files window so the application blends into the bottom of the titlebar in this screenshot. Fear not, however — it’s indeed reaching top to bottom of the titlebar, here

Right now, the current titlebar design…


Today, I’m proud to announce the release of the Feren OS April 2021 Snapshot. Snapshots are a regular occurence that usually occur every 4 months and provide the latest updates to Feren OS at the time of the ISO’s release right from the get-go.

Updating to the April 2021 Snapshot

As always, it’s simple to update to the April 2021 Snapshot. Just go into the Update Manager, hit Refresh, and install any updates that might be there. Once you’ve done that, congrats, you’re now on the April 2021 Snapshot!

However, a bug with unattended-upgrades did affect some users when doing the updates from Plasma 5.20 to…


To celebrate the start of April, I’m finally proud to announce a new Feren OS theme change that’s coming today. That’s right, I changed Feren OS’s theme again!

When making this new Feren OS theme, I wanted to make sure that the theme could be better maintained to be more in-line with KDE Plasma, so for this theme change I’ve decided to be as close as possible to KDE Plasma’s own theme while keeping the Feren OS brand.

Now, we would change the colour scheme to Breeze Light, too, to further match KDE Plasma’s own theme, but we decided that…


NOTE: Anything referenced in this article is for educational purposes, please don’t go on witchhunts or anything against them — if anything just provide constructive criticism to them.

I feel the need to make this article for a fundamental reason — no one’s talking about this problem. It’s probably for the best — all the talk is usually going to stopping toxicity instead, but… I can’t let this problem go unanswered either as it provides its own implications for the future of Linux software quality.

To say the least, it’s definitely a good thing everyone’s focusing on toxicity tackling right…

The Feren OS Dev

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