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ZevenOS 3.0
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Latest release ZevenOS 6.0 Good-bye edition[1] 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

ZevenOS is a German Linux distribution based on Ubuntu[2] 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 6.0 release (31 December 2014) and is based on Ubuntu's 14.04 LTS release.[3]

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 Flash Player.[4][5]

Neptune former name ZevenOS-Neptune[6] is based on Debian-"Stable". It ships with a current Kernel, more drivers, and modern hardware support.[7] 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[8] 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.[9] The current stable version is Neptune 4.1[10][11]


ZevenOS based on Xubuntu
Date Name Version Ubuntu Version
2015-01-01 ZevenOS 6.0 Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
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.[12]

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