KDE neon

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KDE neon
Screenshot kde neon wmenu.png
OS familyLinux
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Kernel typeMonolithic
Default user interfaceKDE Plasma 5[2]
LicenseFree software
Official websiteneon.kde.org

KDE neon is a set of software repositories for Ubuntu long-term support (LTS) releases with latest 64-bit version of KDE desktop and applications.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] It is also the name given to a Ubuntu LTS-based Linux distribution that utilizes said repositories.[12] It aims to provide the users with rapidly updated Qt and KDE software, while updating the rest of the OS components from the Ubuntu repositories at the normal pace. It comes in user and developer editions.

The KDE neon Linux distribution is focused on the development of KDE. The emphasis is on bleeding edge software packages sourced directly from KDE and offers programmers early access to new features, but potentially at the cost of greater susceptibility to software bugs.[7]

KDE neon announced in January 2017 that the distribution switching its installer from Ubiquity to Calamares due to Ubiquity "not having some features".[13][14]

In February 2018, KDE neon developers removed the LTS Editions from the downloads page, but kept these editions in the download mirrors because of "lots of people asking which edition to use and what the difference is."[15]

In May 2018, KDE started changing KDE neon from being based on Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04.[16] KDE neon preview images, based on Ubuntu 18.04, became available in August 2018.[17][18][19][20]

Differences from Kubuntu[edit]

Because Kubuntu has the KDE Plasma suite on a Ubuntu base OS, KDE neon often is mistaken for Kubuntu and vice versa. However, the primary difference between the two operating systems is that Kubuntu maintains stable releases and LTS version of Ubuntu while KDE neon focuses on updating developer editions of KDE applications without maintaining stable releases of Ubuntu unless the root user actively chooses to upgrade their systems.[21]

KDE neon Kubuntu (stable version) Kubuntu LTS
System base Ubuntu LTS Ubuntu (stable) Ubuntu LTS
Plasma and KDE applications Latest version Stable version LTS-version


KDE Slimbook has KDE neon pre-installed[22][23][24][25][26][27][28] as well as the 1080p Pinebook[29].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KDE neon". neon.kde.org.
  2. ^ "KDE neon". neon.kde.org.
  3. ^ "KDE Neon: The Rock & Roll Distribution - Phoronix". www.phoronix.com.
  4. ^ KDE neon - Weak lighting, Dedoimedo
  5. ^ KDE neon 5.12 review - Living on the edge, Dedoimedo
  6. ^ DistroWatch. "DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". distrowatch.com.
  7. ^ a b Lunduke, Bryan. "KDE's new Linux distro KDE Neon: Terrible idea, or simply a mistake?".
  8. ^ "Das U-Blog by Prashanth: Review: KDE neon 5.9.1". 13 February 2017.
  9. ^ Verma, Adarsh (13 October 2017). "KDE Neon 5.11 Linux Distro Released With Latest Plasma Release".
  10. ^ KDE Neon 5.11 Is the First Linux Distro to Ship with KDE Plasma 5.11 Desktop, Softpedia News
  11. ^ A look at KDE Neon – a minimal mini-distribution - gHacks Tech News
  12. ^ "KDE neon". DistroWatch.com. DistroWatch. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  13. ^ KDE neon Inaugurated with Calamares Installer – Jonathan Riddell's Diary
  14. ^ KDE Neon Has Stylish New Install Wizard - OMG! Ubuntu!
  15. ^ Hiding Neon LTS Edition - KDE neon Developers Blog
  16. ^ Moving to Bionic - KDE neon Developers Blog
  17. ^ KDE neon Bionic Preview Images Available for Testing - KDE neon Developers Blog
  18. ^ Neon/BionicRebase - KDE Community Wiki
  19. ^ KDE Neon Operating System Is Moving to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Softpedia News
  20. ^ KDE Neon Powered By Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Now Available For Testing - Phoronix
  21. ^ ""KDE Neon vs Kubuntu" - KDE Community Forums".
  22. ^ "KDE neon". neon.kde.org.
  23. ^ "KDE Slimbook". kde.slimbook.es.
  24. ^ "The KDE Slimbook is a sleek Linux laptop designed around KDE Neon".
  25. ^ "KDE Has Got Its First Branded Laptop And It's Awesome! - It's FOSS". 26 January 2017.
  26. ^ Portnoy, Sean. "KDE launches updated Slimbook II Linux laptops with faster Intel Core processors - ZDNet".
  27. ^ New Slimbook KDE Plasma Ultrabook Rolled Out - Phoronix
  28. ^ KDE Slimbook создан для фанатов Linux и графической среды KDE Neon - 4PDA ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)
  29. ^ "New Pinebook users start here (01.11.2018)". forum.pine64.org. Retrieved 2018-11-15.

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