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DistroWatch.com: KDE neon

KDE neon

Last Update: 2017-08-08 13:51 UTC

KDE neon is a Ubuntu-based Linux distribution and live DVD featuring the latest KDE Plasma desktop and other KDE community software. Besides the installable DVD image, the project provides a rapidly-evolving software repository with all the latest KDE software. Two editions of the product are available - a "User" edition, designed for those interested in checking out the latest KDE software as it gets released, and a "Developer's" edition, created as a platform for testing cutting-edge KDE applications.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 20 (464), 6 months: 20 (461), 3 months: 24 (385), 4 weeks: 24 (387), 1 week: 29 (355)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 69 review(s).

KDE neon Summary
Distribution KDE neon
Home Page https://neon.kde.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f=309
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://community.kde.org/Neon
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://neon.kde.org/download
Bug Tracker https://bugs.launchpad.net/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-10-05: Distribution Release: KDE neon 5.8
 • 2016-07-05: Distribution Release: KDE neon 5.7
 • More KDE neon releases...

 •2017-01-22 KDE neon to use Calamares
 •2016-12-10 KDE neon gets LTS branch
 •2016-11-14 KDE neon closes security hole
 •2016-09-06 KDE neon to use Wayland
 • More KDE neon headlines...

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Feature 20170808
Release Date 2017-08-08
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma
Package Management DEB (apt)
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture x86_64
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support Yes
Full Package List 20170808
Package 20170808
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib ( 1.1.0
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4) 4.3
bind (9.11.2) --
chromium (60.0.3112.101) --
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.5) 1.42.13
firefox (55.0.2) 54.0
freetype (2.8) 2.6.1
gcc (7.2.0) --
gimp (2.8.22) --
glibc (2.26) 2.23
gnome-shell (3.24.3) --
gnucash (2.6.17) --
gnumeric (1.12.35) --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.18) 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.27) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.04.3) --
kmod (24) 22
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.4.0) --
linux (4.12.8) 4.10
Package 20170808
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.7) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.1.6) 17.0.7
mysql (5.7.19) --
nautilus ( --
NVIDIA (384.59) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (8u144) --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.1
php (7.1.8) --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) 5.10.4
postfix (3.2.2) --
postgresql (9.6.4) --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11
qt (5.9.1) 5.9.1
samba (4.6.7) --
systemd (234) 229
thunderbird (52.3.0) --
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.2
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3

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Version: 20170808
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-08-09
Votes: 3

After 5 years Ubuntu experience, KDE Neon has become my main distro since I try it 1 month before. I am very happy with it. Best KDE distro for me.

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Version: 20170808
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-08-09
Votes: 0

The live session works... don't try to run any programs more than once though, they will fail. Installing on UEFI isn't possible without an Internet connection(only the 32bit grub profile is packaged in the .iso and the bug about this has been open for over a year https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=366463 ). When installing with the internet connection, it seemingly works. So I take the pendrive out, boot from disk... and grub prompt says hi! When you boot from there, update-grub and grub-install seem to work, so I reboot... and grub prompt welcomes me again. Turns out it installs a part of grub into /efi/EFI/neon, and a part to /efi/EFI/ubuntu, and you can apparently fiddle with it to make it work. At this point, I gave up.

At this point, you might scratch your eyes at the rating. Well, I tested KDE Neon ~3 months before, in a VM. It performed well, with the only slip being Discover crashing, once. So I'm giving it the average of two attempts and hoping it's a slip that will be remedied.

The horribly performing editions I tested were the 20170808 useredition and userltsedition edition. I tried them both cause I couldn't believe my eyes.

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Version: 20170605
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-26
Votes: 4

KDE Neon will keine Distribution sein?
Da für ist es aber eine sehr, sehr gute Distribution geworden!!!
Genau das richtige für alle die eine rolling-Distri suchen, die nicht alle paar Tage das ganze System umpflügen, sondern nur den KDE Plasma Desktop und die KDE Apps aktuell halten.
Das System läuft super stabil auf Ubuntus 16.04 Grundsystem.
Somit steht Software in Hülle und Fülle bereit. Zusätzlich noch über ppa`s oder mit gdebi.
Und was mir persönlich auch sehr gut gefällt: Nach der Installation hat man nur einen minimalen Plasma Desktop, und muss dann selber entscheiden welche Software man haben will und welche nicht. So wird der Rechner nicht unnötig zu gemüllt. Man spart all so auch die Zeit für die Deinstallation von nicht erwünschter Software und hat nicht so viel Ordner Leichen auf dem Rechner.
Kurz gesagt für jeden KDE Fan das ultimative System.

KDE Neon does not want to be a distribution?
Since for it is however a very, very good distribution become!
Exactly the right one for all who are looking for a rolling-distri, which does not plow the whole system every few days, but only the KDE Plasma Desktop and the KDE apps keep up to date.
The system runs superstably on Ubuntus 16.04 basic system.
Thus software is ready in abundance. In addition still about ppa`s or with gdebi.
And what I like personally also very well: After the installation you have only a minimal plasma desktop, and then must decide which software one wants and which not. Thus the computer is not unnecessarily to be filled. It saves all the time for the uninstallation of unwanted software and does not have as much folder corpses on the computer.
In short, for every KDE fan the ultimate system.

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