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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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Gryxx 14 Aug
Quoting: stormtux
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.

Robocraft is just the biggest offender- they set their EAC to run *buntu family only. There are other games that are broken or somewhat broken on rr's i've tested (mainly Manjaro and openSUSE). The closest I've come to meeting this requirements was KDE Neon, but some software was so old i could not reasonably use it. I'm thinking about something similar to Pop OS, but running nicely with KDE.
Kuduzkehpan 20 Aug
From KDE NEON 20.04 how i feel;

Rocksolid,
More Responsive
Always up to date Desktop
Fastest amongst gnome or older kde versions.
still has some minor bugs with gui. (very few times discovery stucks. and apt databases locks need reboot to use install remove etc.)
Kde connect has more options (i love it.)
Boot up time very reduced. from 35 to 15 for my pc.
Still didnt noticed any crashs. also Steam installer has auto fix for "lib32 packages" which is needed by games.
also just dont forget to install sudo apt install libnvidia-gl-XXX.xx:i386 package to get steam running after nvidia driver install.


Last edited by Kuduzkehpan on 20 August 2020 at 5:48 am UTC
Redface 26 Aug
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

The development version of Ubuntu, specifically the Kubuntu flavour is the closest you can get to that.
Currently its Groovy Gorilla which will come out as 20.10 in October.

Its almost like a rolling release, during most of the half year development phase you get newer versions of the packages. Once it gets close to release more and more parts gets frozen with then only bugfixes, and then it gets released.

A week or so later the next one will start development, and you need to do a small release upgrade, and then its rolls on:-)

Lutris is not yet in the Ubuntu repositories, but the PPA from them does support groovy already. And there has been some progress in getting Lutris into Debian, after which it will get into the Ubuntu development automatically, and then next release. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=754129
Gryxx 27 Aug
Quoting: Redface
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

The development version of Ubuntu, specifically the Kubuntu flavour is the closest you can get to that.
Currently its Groovy Gorilla which will come out as 20.10 in October.

Its almost like a rolling release, during most of the half year development phase you get newer versions of the packages. Once it gets close to release more and more parts gets frozen with then only bugfixes, and then it gets released.

A week or so later the next one will start development, and you need to do a small release upgrade, and then its rolls on:-)

Lutris is not yet in the Ubuntu repositories, but the PPA from them does support groovy already. And there has been some progress in getting Lutris into Debian, after which it will get into the Ubuntu development automatically, and then next release. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=754129

Thanks! I'll check that next time I will be hopping distros.
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