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DistroWatch.com: KDE neon

KDE neon

Last Update: 2017-06-05 23:58 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: 23 (450), 6 months: 20 (485), 3 months: 21 (436), 4 weeks: 28 (341), 1 week: 31 (339)

Average visitor rating: 9.05/10 from 66 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 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...

 •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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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 20170605
Release Date 2017-06-05
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 20170605
Package 20170605
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib ( 1.1.0
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4) 4.3
bind (9.11.1-P3) --
chromium (60.0.3112.78) --
cups (2.2.4) 2.1.3
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13
firefox (54.0.1) 53.0.3
freetype (2.8) 2.6.1
gcc (7.1.0) --
gimp (2.8.22) --
glibc (2.25) 2.23
gnome-shell (3.24.3) --
gnucash (2.6.17) --
gnumeric (1.12.35) --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.17) 3.18.9
httpd (2.4.27) --
inkscape (0.92.1) --
k3b (17.04.3) --
kmod (24) 22
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.3.4) --
linux (4.12.3) 4.8
Package 20170605
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.7) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.1.5) 12.0.6
mysql (5.7.19) --
nautilus ( --
NVIDIA (381.22) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (8u141) --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2g
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.1
php (7.1.7) --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) 5.10.0
postfix (3.2.2) --
postgresql (9.6.3) --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.11
qt (5.9.1) 5.7.1
samba (4.6.6) --
systemd (234) 229
thunderbird (52.2.1) --
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.2
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.4

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Version: 20170605
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-25
Votes: 0

The best distribution with KDE as desktop. And it has no annoying bugs (like Kubuntu) with my extended desktop multi-display configuration.
It's definitely my daily distribution.

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Version: 20170605
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-24
Votes: 0

My new daily OS. It's lean, it's fast and it's stable.

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Version: 20170605
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-07-21
Votes: 0

Experienced Linux-user tried the 20170706-iso (User edition) to get the ‘“latest and greatest“ KDE-experience.

- The idea behind KDE Neon and its combination of Ubuntu LTS with the latest KDE-developments is great.
- The installation went smooth.

- After the first reboot the Discover-Center crashed multiple times. Simple deb-files did not start after being installed. I have had lots of freezes, black or blue sreens with nothing working and I had to shut down brutally a few times.
- I have another laptop with Kubuntu 17.04. It was updated to Plasma 5.10.4 via the excellent Kubuntu-PPA automatically, while the Neon-system did not receive this important update. The „latest and greatest“ KDE-experience does obviously not work for everybody.
- Beginners have to work hard to make Neon a proper distro, extra packages or office suits have to be installed, Neon is quite bare bone and the KDE Neon-forum is not as good as someone might expect.

KDE Neon is not for me. Looking back I have had nothing else than frustration from dusk till dawn. Kubuntu 17.04 offers what KDE should be. Manjaro KDE, Opensuse, Debian or Fedora are also good distros.

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