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ZevenOS 3.0
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release ZevenOS 5.0 respectively Neptune 4.1
Update method APT (frontends available)
Package manager APT (frontends available)
Kernel type Linux
Default user interface ZevenOS (own "BeOS-like"), KDE (Neptune)
Official website www.zevenos.com www.neptuneos.com

ZevenOS is a German[1] Linux distribution. It is based on Xubuntu[1] and focuses on a fast and easy to use system while mimicking the look and feel of BeOS. It is intended to work also on older laptops and computers with low CPU speed and memory. The current stable version of ZevenOS is the 5.0 release (5 December 2012) and is based on Ubuntu's 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" release.[2]

In addition to common applications, ZevenOS and Neptune features a lot of multimedia tools and is suitable for media playback and ship with a full set of codecs as well as the flashplayer.[3][4]

Neptune former name ZevenOS-Neptune[5] is based on Debian-"Stable". It ships with a current Kernel, more drivers, and modern hardware support.[6] Unlike ZevenOS it implements a modern KDE 4 desktop with customized theme and settings. It is optimized to run from USB stick. The release of ZevenOS-Neptune version 2.0 and 2.5 shipped in two editions - Full edition (with KDE SC) and Minimal edition (with LXDE).

Neptune [7] includes a current KDE Plasma Workspace, Chromium, VLC, Amarok, LibreOffice etc.

The former ZevenOS-Neptune "Minimal-Edition" for minor system-requirements and smaller iso < 700 MB included PCManFM, DeaDBeef, Gnome-Mplayer (with Mplayer2), Abiword, Iceweasel and Icedove.

Since version 3.0 Neptune is exclusively built for 64-bit CPUs.[8] The current stable version is Neptune 4.1 [9][10]


ZevenOS based on Xubuntu
Date Name Version Ubuntu Version
2012-12-05 ZevenOS 5.0 Ubuntu 12.10
2011-11-24 ZevenOS 4.0 Ubuntu 11.10
2010-11-14 ZevenOS 3.0 Ubuntu 10.10
2009-11-15 ZevenOS 2.0 Ubuntu 9.10
2009-02-28 ZevenOS 1.1 Ubuntu 8.10
2008-12-19 ZevenOS 1.0 Ubuntu 8.10
ZevenOS-Neptune based on Debian
Date Name Version Debian Version
2014-08-30 Neptune 4.1 "It's all about you"*** Stable 7.5 wheezy
2014-06-25 Neptune 4.0 "It's all about you"*** Stable 7.5 wheezy
2013-10-09 Neptune 3.3 "Brotkasten"*** Stable 7.2 wheezy
2013-08-14 Neptune 3.2 "Brotkasten"*** Stable 7.1 wheezy
2013-05-21 Neptune 3.1 "Brotkasten"*** Stable 7 wheezy
2013-03-26 Neptune 3.0 "Brotkasten"*** Stable 6 squeeze
2012-06-03 Neptune 2.5 "fluid"** Testing 7 wheezy
2011-10-23 ZevenOS-Neptune 2.0* Testing 7 wheezy
2011-04-29 ZevenOS-Neptune 1.99 Testing 7 wheezy
2010-12-07 ZevenOS-Neptune 1.91 Testing 6 squeeze
2010-10-10 ZevenOS-Neptune 1.9 Testing 6 squeeze

ZevenOS-Neptune 2.0* with 2 editions: Neptune-"full" with KDE and Neptune-"minimal" with LXDE

Since Neptune-2.5**-release the name is changed from “ZevenOS-Neptune” to the shorter name "Neptune" to differ more from the ZevenOS distribution. [11]

Neptune 3.0*** and the newer versions are built for modern 64-bit computers.


  1. ^ a b "DistroWatch.com: ZevenOS". DistroWatch. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  2. ^ Distribution Release: ZevenOS 5.0
  3. ^ ZevenOS about
  4. ^ ZevenOS-Neptune 2.0
  5. ^ ZevenOS-Neptune
  6. ^ Review at DistroWatch.com
  7. ^ Features Neptune
  8. ^ Neptune-releases 3.0-3.3
  9. ^ Neptune on DistroWatch.com
  10. ^ New NeptuneOS Homepage
  11. ^ "ZevenOS" Codename next Neptune-release