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KDE neon

Last Update: 2018-06-06 13:48 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 150 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
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
5.7: DistroWatchDedoimedo
5.6: Phoronix
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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 20180606 20171228
Release Date 2018-06-06 2017-12-28
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1600-1700 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 20180606 20171228
Package 20180606 20171228
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.0 1.1.0
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3
bind (9.13.1) -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.87) -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.1.3 2.1.3
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.42.13 1.42.13
firefox (60.0.2) 59.0.2 57.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.1 2.6.1
gcc (8.1.0) -- --
gimp (2.10.2) -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.23 2.23
gnome-shell (3.28.2) -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.18.9 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.33) -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- --
k3b (18.04.2) -- --
kmod (25) 22 22
krita (4.0.4) -- --
libreoffice (6.0.4) -- --
linux (4.17.2) 4.13 4.10
Package 20180606 20171228
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- --
mariadb (10.3.7) -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- --
mesa (18.1.2) 17.2.8 17.0.7
mysql (8.0.11) -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- --
NVIDIA (396.24) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.2p2 7.2p2
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2g 1.0.2g
perl (5.26.2) 5.22.1 5.22.1
php (7.2.6) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.0) 5.12.5 5.11.4
postfix (3.3.1) -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.12 2.7.11
qt (5.11.0) 5.10.0 5.9.3
samba (4.8.2) -- --
systemd (238) 229 229
thunderbird (52.8.0) -- --
vim (8.1) 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.3) 2.2.2 2.2.2
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.5 1.19.3

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Version: 20180606
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-16
Votes: 0

Awesome latest plasma. Elementary is based on ubuntu lts too and it's number five on distrowatch. I don't care about latest kernel. Neon it's stable and beautiful and have plasma wayland session. Neon team did a great job. Thank you.

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Version: 20180503
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-05-24
Votes: 4

I downloaded the current stable version dated 5/17/18 and its the buggiest version yet. I did a clean install and the menu items in the middle shows the same contents for about 3 or 4 catagories. It has completely locked up on me twice in 24 hours. I left it when I went to work and when I came home it still was totally no responsive. There has been at least one instance that the panal had blank squares for icons and other widgets. I am not sure with the other distrubutions if its an issue with Plasma in its current version or just the kde distro. Please get these issues taker care of as kde is my favorite DE, and I want to have the distro supported by this team.

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Version: 20180503
Rating: 4
Date: 2018-05-21
Votes: 0

So, KDE Neon is based on Ubuntu. The Ubuntu of 2 generations ago. I love KDE. I don't think anything has the file-management anwhere near KDE's sophistication, which as near as I can tell beats every O.S. Linux & non-Linux alike out there (& trust me, I run everything, Winders, MacOS, IOS, Android, BSD, & mutiple Linux flavors). I figured I'd be getting an updated O.S., something to match Ubuntu Bionic but with a slick rolling KDE repository. I got half that, the KDE half. Current Neon is based on Xenial. That's two generations old. Why? Because Xenial is LTS? It's hard to consider KDE Neon as being "cutting edge," as the rolling release implies, when it includes Kernels multiple generations old. I'll grant that it is more solid than Kubuntu, but I would hope someone looking to showcase their efforts, like the KDE team does theirs, would pick a more up-to-date base. Instead, I got up-to-date KDE, but an old base. Other distros allow you to install up-to-date kernels even if they're based on LTS Linux distros. As much as I love KDE, I guess I was expecting too much.

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