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KDE neon

Last Update: 2018-01-04 13:40 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.

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Average visitor rating: 9.06/10 from 129 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/
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017: DarkDuck
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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...

 •2018-01-17 KDE to focus on Wayland features
 •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 20180104 20171228
Release Date 2018-01-04 2017-12-28
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1700-1800 1700-1800
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma
Package Management DEB (apt) DEB (apt)
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes
Full Package List 20180104 20171228
Package 20180104 20171228
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.0 1.1.0
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2-P1) -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.1.3 2.1.3
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.42.13 1.42.13
firefox (57.0.4) 57.0.3 57.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.6.1 2.6.1
gcc (7.2.0) -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.23
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.18.9 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.29) -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- --
k3b (17.12.1) -- --
kmod (25) 22 22
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.4) -- --
linux (4.14.14) 4.10 4.10
Package 20180104 20171228
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.12) -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- --
mesa (17.3.2) 17.2.4 17.0.7
mysql (5.7.21) -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.2p2 7.2p2
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2g 1.0.2g
perl (5.26.1) 5.22.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.1) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) 5.11.5 5.11.4
postfix (3.2.4) -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.11 2.7.11
qt (5.10.0) 5.9.3 5.9.3
samba (4.7.4) -- --
systemd (236) 229 229
thunderbird (52.5.2) -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.2 2.2.2
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.5 1.19.3

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Version: 20180104
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-15
Votes: 0

I switched to linux about six months ago. I tried mint. I tried lubuntu. I tried installing a couple of others. This has been the least buggy distro of them all. Unlike mint, google earth will install and work without a hitch on Neon. I haven't gotten this to work properly on any of the other distros that I've tried. Great interface. I could recommend this with (perhaps over) others like mint and others for people switching cold turkey from windows. I've been using Neon for three months as my daily driver at college on my laptop (although I have windows dual booted on it just in case.). Very few compatibility issues. Rock-solid stable.

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Version: 20180104
Rating: 1
Date: 2018-01-14
Votes: 0

Terrible idea from the start. Since it's Ubuntu LTS based you have a lot older non-kde packages than Kubuntu and a small number of dependency issues with older Qt based applications.

On top of that they remove a lot of great things like a GUI for managing graphics drivers. Just install Kubuntu 17.10 + Backports instead, it's probably more stable anyways.

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Version: 20180104
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-07
Votes: 12

That's my review few posts down there. I said I can't use KDE Neon because of unstable packages. In my case, there was libqt5webkit5 in alpha stage taken from debian sid. It's buggy and really shouldn't be in a user distribution. However, I found out I can downgrade to more stable versions and apt-mark hold them to prevent accidental upgrade back to buggy packages.

Now KDE Neon (developer edition) is my daily driver. It's so awesome I want to express my deepest gratitude to the KDE Community. The distribution features the latest updates of KDE - the most functional, configurable and arguably the most beautiful desktop environment. It feels like a real solid desktop, not like a minimalist android/macOS clone. There are so many great things about KDE I just can't list them all here: animations, widgets, adaptive UI, nice icons, relatively lower RAM consumption, tons of ways to configure the UI to look like anything you want and the list goes on.

My previous system was elementaryOS. I enjoyed it for some time, but low configurability, and bugs that take too much time to get fixed made me search for another distro. I also had many problems with eOS. Out of the box I had screen tearing, wrong resolution of login screen when used with multiple monitors, slow startup time, bluetooth just didn't work whatever I tried (same problem was previously on my Ubuntu 16.04). None of those issues were faced on KDE Neon. Those guys are wizards.

I subtract 1 point from 10 because of unstable packages. I wouldn't mind if they were found in developer edition, but not user one. Besides that, I currently find KDE Neon the best linux desktop.

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