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Merging together a solid Ubuntu 20.04 LTS foundation and the latest KDE Plasma packages, KDE neon has a fresh rebase out for you to try out.

So what exactly is it? Is it another Linux distribution? Well, sort of. Not quite. It's just the long-term supported versions of Ubuntu with the freshest releases of the KDE Plasma desktop environment (plus Qt and other KDE software) stuck on top of it. They said it's for people who want "the latest and greatest from the KDE community but the safety and stability of a Long Term Support release". So unlike Kubuntu, the official Ubuntu KDE distribution variant, you're not stuck to the main version of Plasma it launches with.

They announced recently that a fresh upgrade is available for existing users, plus a new ISO spin is up with KDE neon now being based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. It should look and feel the same but have much newer internals like the Kernel, Mesa drivers and much more.

If I wasn't so rooted in Manjaro KDE, I think KDE neon would be what I would go for if I needed to do a fresh install. The customization possible with KDE is just wonderful, as is the fresh and modern presentation it offers.

See more and download on the KDE neon website.

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riidom 13 Aug
I'm on Kubuntu currently.. doing some research and getting opinions a few years back made me to pick it over KDE Neon.

I'd like to get some Plasma updates now and then though.. so how is situation today? Any problems with Neon, that I dont run into on Kubuntu?
win8linux 13 Aug
Quoting: riidomI'm on Kubuntu currently.. doing some research and getting opinions a few years back made me to pick it over KDE Neon.

I'd like to get some Plasma updates now and then though.. so how is situation today? Any problems with Neon, that I dont run into on Kubuntu?

Not really, as someone who's used it since the beginning. If anything, the experience is better since KDE and Qt bugs get fixed much sooner. Some may take issue with it only using LTS bases, however for the most part it's quite fine. Maybe with newer hardware it could have issues owing to the LTS base, however HWE can significantly mitigate this.
lordgault 13 Aug
Kubuntu with the Xanmod kernel and the PPA "Graphics Drivers" team is fine for me.

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eldaking 13 Aug
Quoting: riidomI'm on Kubuntu currently.. doing some research and getting opinions a few years back made me to pick it over KDE Neon.

I'd like to get some Plasma updates now and then though.. so how is situation today? Any problems with Neon, that I dont run into on Kubuntu?

On Kubuntu I use the backports PPA as a compromise. It isn't as recent as Plasma, but it gets some updates that the LTS doesn't get.
I used Kubuntu for many years and was reasonably happy. However, I decided to switch to Neon a few years ago for reasons I can't remember now. I have only used the stable LTS version of Neon, not the developer version. I tend to wait a bit before doing the upgrade (I am still on 18.04) but was surprised at how easy it was between 16.04 and 18.04.

My observations may not be fair to the current version of Kubuntu, but here they are:

- Neon is lean. I don't have forced dependency monsters. The base install is light and I can choose what I want to add.

- Neon is fast. I am not sure how this compares any more, but it was noticeable when I first switched.

- Neon has been quite stable. This has been a surprise. There have been a couple issues that required some wrangling over the years, but not more than I was getting under Kubuntu.

- I have had zero issue with Steam games. As far as I can tell, there is nothing significantly different than mainline *buntu as far as the games are concerned.

- I still get to use the huge *buntu PPA system.

Cons:

- There are a few dependencies that Neon requires for fresh Plasma. However, they very occasionally conflict with something else I want to install. I remember some of the GIS (mapping) software wouldn't work a couple years ago, but I haven't tried lately.

- Proton works fine but I can't install 32bit Wine. Not sure if this is Neon's fault. I would really like 32bit Wine for my work, not play.

- Very minor, but I like to use Synaptic for my package manager and there are no useful descriptions in the Neon packaging system. Again, I am not sure if this is Neon's fault.

I have occasionally thought about going back to Kubuntu, but I really like how lean Neon is.
stormtux 13 Aug
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Hi from an happy KDE-Neon user.
I like this "distro" because allows to have a stable system thanks to the Ubuntu LTS base but with the last features of KDE environment. The new plasma/KDE releases are usually published in a matter of days. In the rare cases where a release contains some bugged code, the problem is not system-breaking and will be fixed in few days (or hours? ).

The negative aspect of using KDE-neon is the need to wait a few month before upgrading to the next LTS release. I think this is widely compensated by having the last features of the desktop environment, the part of the system more in contact with the user. I have a Nvidia GPU so I do not need a bleeding edge Mesa or kernel, I do not know how simple will be to install and maintain a system for gaming with an AMD GPU.

About stability: with this upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 I had a problem with the audio output not detected anymore (my motherboard is a Gigabyte Aorus Pro X570). After some research and tests I discovered that the "headphones" and "line out" are now swapped. Connecting the headphone jack to the "line out" socket fixed the problem . I doubt this is related to KDE-Neon, it is more probably related to changes in the kernel drivers or PulseAudio. To fix the problem I tried even to install the HWE Kernel but I thinks that for now for Ubuntu 20.04 the HWE kernel is the same as the standard kernel?. After reading lordgault I installed Xanmod kernel, the audio outputs are still swapped but at least now I have a kernel with support for fsync .
mylka 13 Aug
QuoteIf I wasn't so rooted in Manjaro KDE, I think KDE neon would be what I would go for if I needed to do a fresh install.

rolling release > all
also AUR

and they have FSYNC in kernel 5.7, which you can easily install with the kernel manager.... you dont need a lot of ppas for mesa, kernel, ukuu, etc and mayor updates that may break something
Gryxx 13 Aug
Now i have to ask difficult question:
I'm looking for distro that:
1. Is fully compatible with Ubuntu in terms of gaming (mainly Robocraft, i do not want to use flatpak)
2. Has fresh packages (KDE, kernel, Mesa, Wine, Lutris being major ones)
3. Does integrate well with KDE
4. I would like something as close as possible to rolling relase
Quoting: GryxxNow i have to ask difficult question:
I'm looking for distro that:
1. Is fully compatible with Ubuntu in terms of gaming (mainly Robocraft, i do not want to use flatpak)
2. Has fresh packages (KDE, kernel, Mesa, Wine, Lutris being major ones)
3. Does integrate well with KDE
4. I would like something as close as possible to rolling relase
That is a difficult question. Don't think there's any such thing, especially when you add in that last bit.
stormtux 14 Aug
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Quoting: GryxxNow i have to ask difficult question:
I'm looking for distro that:
1. Is fully compatible with Ubuntu in terms of gaming (mainly Robocraft, i do not want to use flatpak)
2. Has fresh packages (KDE, kernel, Mesa, Wine, Lutris being major ones)
3. Does integrate well with KDE
4. I would like something as close as possible to rolling relase
I doubt there is any distro that can satisfy such requirements, if the distro uses the Ubuntu repository then it cannot be rolling release.
If the compatibility with Ubuntu is required only for running Robocraft, I think the best solution is to ask someone using a rolling release (probably Arch or derivatives) if the game works on their system.
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