What is Neptune?
Neptune is a GNU/Linux Distribution for desktops based fully upon Debian 9.0 ('Stretch'), except for a newer kernel and some drivers. It ships with a modern KDE Plasma Desktop with its main view on a good looking multimedia system which allows for getting work done. It also is a system which is flexible and very useful on usb sticks. Therefore we developed easy to use applications like USB Installer as well as a Persistent Creator that allows you to store changes to your system on your live usb stick.
The Debian repository is the major base for getting updates and new software. Furthermore Neptune ships with its own software repository to update our own applications. (see Neptune Repositories for more information)
Neptune tries to get the BeOS message of a fully supported multimedia OS to a next generation of users.
Neptunes main focus
Neptunes focuses on providing an elegant out of the box experience for the users. Therefore we ship a nice and simple overall look and feel as well as a whole bunch of multimedia tools, like codecs, flash player, audio and video player.
Multimedia being one of the core features of Neptune we also ship the greatest free and open source tools for audio and video editing.
Neptune is a GNU/Linux distribution.
Linux is the major core component of every GNU/Linux distribution which allows software to access hardware and communicate with it.
Neptune is based upon the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
We use the Debian packagemanagement and software sources to provide our users with a great bunch of available applications. We ship a newer release of the Linux kernel (taken from Debian backports) to provide the best hardware support for modern computers.
On top of this we package and maintain the KDE Plasma Desktop as well as KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications. Our main focus is on providing a stable desktop user experience by shipping a slightly newer version of Plasma than Debian. However we don’t always provide the latest desktop releases which means we don’t ship bleeding edge software packages. We test and store new desktop versions in a seperate software source which is provided by Neptune by default.
Our main applications we ship in our own neptune repository which also contains software developed by us as well as default configurations, artwork and tweaks for the Neptune system.
Neptune is run by a 3 man team.
Every team member is responsible for different parts in the Neptune Structure and Website.
- Responsible for working, maintaining and supporting the kernel.
- Developing & maintaining the live tools (USB Creator, Persistent Creator, Snapshot Manager) as well as
- Designing the Neptune experience (icon themes, window manager themes, widget themes, plasma themes, logos, artwork, …)
- Maintaining and managing the Neptune repository
- Press work (release announcements, blog updates, …)
- Webmaster (maintaining the main website and forum)
- Support (via forum, mail, …)
Neptune uses a combination of debian, netrunner and own software sources.
On an installed system you can find the software sources under /etc/apt/sources.list.d.
They are divided in seperate files.
Neptune ships with two software repositories. The main one contains all neptune related configuration and applications. The second one is called the KDE Repo and contains all KDE Plasma, KDE applications and frameworks. Both of them are signed by our GPG-Key.
Content of neptune.list:
# Neptune Sourceslist
deb https://download.neptuneos.com/repos/neptune5/repo/ stretch main
Content of neptune-kde.list:
# Neptune KDE Sourceslist
deb https://download.neptuneos.com/repos/neptune5/repo-kde/ stretch main