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We are proud to announce version 5.6 of Neptune . 

This update represents the current state of Neptune 5 and renews the ISO file so if you install Neptune you don't have to download tons of Updates. 

In this update we improved hardware support further by providing Linux Kernel 4.18.6 with improved drivers and bugfixes. Updated the DDX drivers for AMD/ATI and Intel aswell as providing Mesa 18.1.9. The X-Server got an update to version 1.19.6 which fixes several bugs and brings speed improvements.

Other main changes in this version are the update of Systemd to version 239  and KDE Applications to version 18.08.2. The Network-Manager got an update to 1.14 to improve wifi network stability and speed.

Plasma Desktop has been updated to 5.12.7 to provide bugfixes. 
This includes fixes for Krunner to allow setting the webshortcuts and spellchecking options for its plugins.
SFTP connections via KIO are now more stable and reliable even after reconnecting to a device.
Spellchecking in Plasma applications should work again.

Chromium 70 provides speed improvements and security bugfixes.

Thunderbird 60.2 improves security and speed especially with lots of emails.

LibreOffice is now available in version 6.1.3.

Wifi Firmware got an update to improve speed, stability and support for new Wifi chips.

Localization and Plymouth Splashscreen configuration have been fixed in the System Installer Calamares.

 

You can find more information on our changelog site.

All existing Neptune 5 users only have to perform a normal update via the packagemanager or Discover. 

 

We are proud to announce version 5.5 of Neptune . 

This update represents the current state of Neptune 5 and renews the ISO file so if you install Neptune you don't have to download tons of Updates. 

In this update we improved hardware support further by providing Linux Kernel 4.17.8 with improved drivers and bugfixes. Updated the DDX drivers for AMD/ATI, Intel and Nvidia aswell as providing Mesa 18.1.6.

Other main changes in this version are the update of KDE Frameworks to version 5.49  and KDE Applications to version 18.08. As the new KF5 version is not compatible with Qt 5.7 anymore we had to backport its patches to version 5.45.

Plasma Desktop has been updated to 5.12.6 to provide bugfixes. 

Chromium 68 fixes issues with html5 audio & video playback and provides a redesigned player.

LibreOffice is now available in version 6.1.

Intel Microcode is now available in the newest security fixed release.

 

You can find more information on our changelog site.

All existing Neptune 5 users only have to perform a normal update via the packagemanager or Discover. 

 

Chromium 58 got released in Debian Stretch and fixes the issue with html5 audio & video playback.

Thus it is not necessary to keep the older workaround version we provide in our repository. To upgrade to the newest Chromium 58 from stretch you need to enter the following terminal command once.

 

sudo apt install -t stretch chromium

We are proud to announce version 5.4 of Neptune . 

This update represents the current state of Neptune 5 and renews the ISO file so if you install Neptune you don't have to download tons of Updates. 

In this update we introduce a new look and feel package called Neptune Dark. This comes together with an modified icon theme optimized for dark themes called Faenza Dark. We improved hardware support further by providing Linux Kernel 4.16.16 with improved drivers and bugfixes.

Other main changes in this version are the update of KDE Frameworks to version 5.48  and KDE Applications to version 18.04.3. As the new KF5 version is not compatible with Qt 5.7 anymore we had to backport its patches to version 5.45.

VLC has been updated to 3.0.3 to provide more speed and lots of bugfixes. 

Thunderbird 52.9 fixes issues with encrypted html e-mails. The Excalibur menu is now available in version 2.7 which provides some bugfixes in regards to multiple activities and moving favorites around.

KWin the default window manager for Plasma got an update to version 5.12.5 which is now the real version which we adjusted to be compiled against Qt 5.7 and not a relabled version 5.11.5. This offers some nice speed improvements aswell as some updated effects and better hardware support. 

LibreOffice is now available in version 6.0.6. We fixed an issue with MTP causing issues to share files with Android devices.

Enlightenment 22 is now available in Version 0.22.3 together with Terminology 1.2.1.

 

You can find more information on our changelog site.

All existing Neptune 5 users only have to perform a normal update via the packagemanager or Discover. 

 

We are proud to announce version 5.3 of Neptune . 

This update represents the current state of Neptune 5 and renews the ISO file so if you install Neptune you don't have to download tons of Updates. 

In this update we renewed the Intel driver to not force the UXA acceleration. Instead the X-Server will now automatically choose when to use the older DDX driver or the newer Modesettings driver..

Other main changes in this version are the update of KDE Frameworks to version 5.46  and KDE Applications to version 18.04.2. As the new KF5 version is not compatible with Qt 5.7 anymore we had to backport its patches to version 5.45.

VLC has been updated to 3.0.2 to provide more speed and lots of bugfixes. 

Thunderbird 52.8 fixes issues with encrypted html e-mails. The Calamares Installer is now available in version 3.2.0 Git 20180605 which provides some bugfixes and a revamped world map to choose the timezone. We also now enabled the easy full disk encryption which should work more reliable.

When running out of memory ZRAM creates a compressed swap space to aid the memory usage. We now use only half of the CPUs for the compression process to keep the system interactive even in heavy out of memory situations. 

LibreOffice is now available in version 6.0.5. We fixed an issue with Plasma Discover crashing on some devices.

 

You can find more information on our changelog site.

All existing Neptune 5 users only have to perform a normal update via the packagemanager or Discover. 

 

Plasma 5.13 will introduces plasma-browser-integration. This allows browsers to better integrate into the desktop by providing native notifications, progressbars and the ability to control media files.

A global control for media files played back by the browser in the playbackwidget allows for controling the played back media via the multimedia keys.

For Neptune we now packaged up this package which is usable together with the extension for Chromium or Firefox .

We are proud to announce version 5.2 of Neptune . 

This update represents the current state of Neptune 5 and renews the ISO file so if you install Neptune you don't have to download tons of Updates. 

In this update we renewed the graphicsstack based upon Mesa 17.3.9 + LibDRM 2.4.91 together with Linux Kernel 4.16 to provide better support for modern hardware.

Other main changes in this version are the update of Plasma to version 5.12.5 and KDE Frameworks to version 5.45  and KDE Applications to version 18.04. Besides that we also updated QtCurve Widget Design which fixes a freezing bug for contextmenus in open/save dialogs aswell as setting the glow effect as new default setting for default button representation. Plasma Discover got some minor fixes and slightly improved UI elements.

Kdenlive works now together with Melt 6.6 to provide more speed and lots of bugfixes when editing video.. 

Chromium 66 delivers even better browsing experience and the new default BFQ I/O scheduler helps to keep the desktop and applications responsive even in heavy input/output situations. The new BFQ I/O Scheduler won't be used by default for existing Neptune users which just upgrade their packages. They need to install the neptune-settings-bfq in order to set bfq as default.

 

You can find more information on our changelog site.

All existing Neptune 5 users only have to perform a normal update via the packagemanager or Discover. 

 

We are proud to announce version 5.1 of Neptune . 

This update represents the current state of Neptune 5 and renews the ISO file so if you install Neptune you don't have to download tons of Updates. 

The Calamares Installer now handles also installing hyphentation, thesaurus and spellecheck for the choosen localization.

Main changes in this version are the update of Plasma to version 5.12.4 and KDE Frameworks to version 5.44. Besides that we also updated our default icon theme to include some new icons and Plasma Discover got some minor fixes and a slightly improved UI now featuring a refresh button in the Update dialog.

Knetworkmounter should work like usual again and Enlightenment fans should be able to install their beloved desktop in version 0.22. 

 

You can find more information on our changelog site.

All existing Neptune 5 users only have to perform a normal update via the packagemanager or Discover. 

As we got so many requests from Debian 9 Users that wanted to upgrade their installation of Plasma 5.8 to Plasma 5.12 we created an upgrade script that will take care of importing our kde-repo into the system and upgrading the desktop to Plasma 5.12. All you need to do is download the script make it executable and execute it as root. (If you want to know what the script is doing take a look at its sourcecode first) 

You can get this script from here

SHA256Sum: 13674571875a96dcb56a4fba2f1fb46a6c929e5223dde8006e68ed9082bffa94

We are proud to announce the release of Neptune 5.0 "Refresh". 

https://youtu.be/VwJoCdiQ5_g

This version marks a new iteration within the Neptune universe. It switches its base to the current Debian Stable "Stretch" version and also changes slightly the way we will provide Updates for Neptune. We will no longer strive to bring in more recent versions of Plasma, Kernel or other software on our own. With Snaps, Flatpaks and AppImages being more and more popular and mature these days we strongly believe these are the ways to go if you want to try out bleeding edge software. We on the other hand strive to provide the most stable and best Desktop user experience out there.