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Neptune 5.3

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. 

 

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Plasma Browser Integration

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 .

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Neptune 5.2

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. 

 

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Neptune 5.1

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. 

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Upgrade Debian 9 Plasma 5.8 to Neptunes Plasma 5.12

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

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Neptune 5 Release

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. 

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Neptune 5 RC

We are proud to announce the last development version of Neptune 5. 

This version upgrades the desktop to Plasma 5.12 allows installing on full disk encrypted partitions and makes it possible to create and use a root user by default from the installer. 

Besides that we upgraded many applications just like Chromium, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, aswell as KDE Applications. KDE Frameworks got updated to version 5.42 and we are now offering a refreshed bunch of themes. 

You can get this new version from our downloadsite

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Neptune 5 Beta 2

We are proud to announce the second public Beta version of Neptune 5.0. This version (internally called 4.9) is based upon Debian 9.0 "Stretch".

To support modern hardware this release upgrades the  Kernel to 4.13 coming from the Debian Backports repositories. 

The Desktop coming from Netrunner and DCI (Debian Continuous Integration) is Plasma 5.10. This desktop benefits from all the work and improvements in configuration we did in our Plasma 5 testing ISOs before. This includes the default application menu excalibur. 

Design is inspired by Neptune 4.5 and features the classic look and feel of Neptune. Besides that we also feature a more modern theme that we tested in our Plasma 5 ISOs and is based upon the Breeze Theme. You can switch between the different Themes in the Look and Feel settings. 

 

We changed our default software repository configuration to provide the most stable experience for our users by providing and activating only the Debian Stable (stretch) and Backports (stretch-backports) repositories aswell as our own Neptune repository.

Optionally advanced users can activate the Neptune- and Netrunner-Backports repositories together with the Debian Testing repository to upgrade to newer Plasma 5, KF5 and KDE Applications packages. We will not provide an easy to user graphical user interface to allow this as this is intended for advanced users only and they usually know how to activate those sources and the risks it might bring.

 

You can grab the approx. 2 GiB big ISO Image from our Downloadsite.

Notice: This is a beta version intent for identifying and fixing bugs and not meant for production use. 

Known Bugs:

  • None

 

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Neptune 5 Beta

We are proud to announce the first public Beta version of Neptune 5.0. This version (internally called 4.9) is based upon Debian 9.0 "Stretch".

To support modern hardware this release features the  Kernel 4.9 coming from the Debian repositories. 

The Desktop coming from Netrunner and DCI (Debian Continuous Integration) is Plasma 5.10. This desktop benefits from all the work and improvements in configuration we did in our Plasma 5 testing ISOs before. This includes the default application menu excalibur. 

Design is inspired by Neptune 4.5 and features the classic look and feel of Neptune. Besides that we also feature a more modern theme that we tested in our Plasma 5 ISOs and is based upon the Breeze Theme. You can switch between the different Themes in the Look and Feel settings. 

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of our new default installer called Calamares. This features an easy to use interface for partitioning and preparing everything necessary for installing Neptune. A nice slideshow provides you with basic information during the installation. 

Additionally Neptune 5 provides a few new applications not been there in Neptune 4.5 before. 

Configuring the bootloader Grub is possible with its own configuration utility (Grub Customizer), a  Systemd Configurationmodule in systemsettings allows you to disable or enable services. 

Brand new isl ISO Imagewriter which allows copying disk images to usb sticks or sd cards. 

The new default software center like tool which allows you installing applications is Plasma Discover . It offers a nice overview of installed and available applications, updates aswell as the ability to install plasma widgets. 

 

Encrypting files is now possible with the True- and Veracrypt compatible zulucrypt. This offers a better more advanced user interface compared to the previously shipped Veracrypt. 

Editing partitions, formatting, resizing and more is possible with  KDE's Partitionmanager.

You can grab the approx. 2 GiB big ISO Image from our Downloadsite.

Notice: This is a beta version intent for identifying and fixing bugs and not meant for production use. The configuration of software repositories is not final yet and might bring problems with future updates.
Planned is like on Netrunner to ship a final release based upon the Debian stable repos and Neptune repos with optionally Netrunner Backports repos that users can enable to get the newest Plasma, KF5 und KDE Applications packages. A tool which allows you to easily enable this is still in development and not included yet. 

Known Bugs:

  • Bootsplash not showing after installation. (Solution: Add "splash" as default parameter for Grub in /etc/default/grub and run update-grub)
  • ZRAM Swap is detected as resume device for suspend to disk after running update-initramfs (results in longer boot time and error messages. Solution: Create /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/zram-no-resume.conf and input RESUME=none and update-initramfs -u again)
  • Netrunner-Backports repository is active by default which depends on Debian Testing repo which is disabled by default. 

 

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Big Summerupdate

Attention: The default updating app Apper might not be able to perform the update. It might show you updated packages but could fail in installing them. Therefor we recommend for this single update to either use the Muon-Updater or use the terminal and the command sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgade to upgrade your system succesfully.

At the peak of this summer we are proud to announce a new big update for Neptune.

We upgraded the free graphics library Mesa to version 17.1.5 which includes several new improvements in its OpenGL support bringing more performance and support for modern games and applications. 

With the update of the graphics drivers this is also improves overall desktop system performance. 

The default browser of Neptune Chromium got updated to version 60 which includes a renewed user interface aswell as better performance for surfing the web. The settings in Chromium are completely revamped and use the material design now. 

Last but not least Neptune 4.5.x finally upgraded from the default compiler collection GCC 4.7 to version 4.9. 
This brings especially for the future Support a better compatibility and ability to compile new modern software releases like new versions of Chromium for example. 

 

All these changes are a bit bigger and touch depper parts of the system which also leads to a slightly different way of upgrading your system. 

Attention: The default updating app Apper might not be able to perform the update. It might show you updated packages but could fail in installing them. Therefor we recommend for this single update to either use the Muon-Updater or use the terminal and the command sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgade to upgrade your system succesfully.

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