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KDE neon

Last Update: 2018-03-01 13:45 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: 9.1/10 from 142 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...

 •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 20180301 20171228
Release Date 2018-02-07 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 20180301 20171228
Package 20180301 20171228
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.0 1.1.0
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3
bind (9.12.1) -- --
chromium (65.0.3325.162) -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.1.3 2.1.3
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.44.0) 1.42.13 1.42.13
firefox (59.0.1) 58.0.2 57.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.6.1 2.6.1
gcc (7.3.0) -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.23 2.23
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.29) 3.18.9 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.29) -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- --
k3b (17.12.3) -- --
kmod (25) 22 22
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (6.0.2) -- --
linux (4.15.10) 4.13 4.10
Package 20180301 20171228
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.13) -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) -- --
mesa (17.3.6) 17.2.8 17.0.7
mysql (5.7.21) -- --
nautilus (3.28.0) -- --
NVIDIA (390.25) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u162) -- --
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 (7.2.3) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.3) 5.12.2 5.11.4
postfix (3.3.0) -- --
postgresql (10.3) -- --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.12 2.7.11
qt (5.10.1) 5.10.0 5.9.3
samba (4.8.0) -- --
systemd (238) 229 229
thunderbird (52.6.0) -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.1) 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: 20180301
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-16
Votes: 1

I cut my teeth on Linux with a shell app that ran in Windows. I didn't know at the time what the heck I was looking at... it was essentially bash and one had to know command line for that to be of any use. Then I bought a Caledra CD and not too long afterwards I was given a Linux Mint 3 Cassandra CD.

Some years ago I switched to Xubuntu... after experimenting with other desktops and distros. How does one know otherwise... like MX Linux, it's really awesome! But I had a multimedia need that K3b wholly satisfied but while it ran perfectly on Xfce and, since the one DE I'd never tried was Plasma... I installed Kubuntu.

Other than spending a lot of time removing bloat and tweaking it to my prefs... Kubuntu was really a pleasant surprise... but that reduction schlep was what got me trying out Neon. It installed a basic KDE desktop without assuming what I needed and let me choose my fav apps.

A year ago I would've been lauding Xfce but should Plasma and Neon continue providing this KDE experience... for now, I'm applauding this *distro*!

Keywords: #pleasantsurprise #plasmakeepsonsurprisingme #neondoesITwell

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Version: 20180301
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-03-02
Votes: 5

I've been distro hopping for a while. Started with Fedora KDE when I originally started on Linux some 10 - 12 years ago. Found Debian based distro's to be the best for myself and KDE Neon to be the best of all the distro's with KDE desktop. It's like any other Ubuntu based distro as far as installation so no need to comment on the install. After install, you're left with a very minimal set of applications to build from which to me makes this distro even better. It takes some time to tweak everything to your liking, but it by far surpasses ALL other desktops in memory usage. At the desktop I get around 370 - 400 megabyte of memory usage after tweaking the system. What makes me stay with KDE is the amount of customization you can achieve with it and more so with Neon. I've only one complaint about KDE Neon that stops me from giving it a full 10 of 10. That complaint is Discover, the default software center/package manager. To me it's one vast resource hog and more designed toward the beginners in Linux. Thus I either use command line apt or for graphical uses I either use Synaptic package manager or Muon package manager. These are geared for those who have been around Linux for a while and understand it's idiosyncrasies.

If you want the best Debian/Ubuntu based KDE get KDE Neon above ALL others. My hats off to Jonathan Riddell for making a better Kubuntu after leaving Canonical. The time tweaking it is well worth it and you get what you want instead of being STUCK with applications that are either out of date or not available. And NO I AM NOT a fan of Flatpak or Snap packages. To me these are a waste of storage space.

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Version: 20180301
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-02
Votes: 1

It's literally the fastest Linux distro I've ever used. Everything is well integrated, from the start it feels a little bit empty on what it offers "out of the box" vs what others main distros offer, but once you start using it and installing your programs and all you need on it, you find a distro that is pretty stable and works just the way you want it to, and never gets in the way of your work. KDE is the smoothest desktop out there, and this distro makes it feel even smoother. There is no perfect distro, but this one gets really close to that rating. Deserves every 9 and 10/10 reviews.

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