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Neptune 6.0 Release

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We are proud to announce the release of Neptune 6.0. This new version is based upon Debian 10 ("Buster") and comes with the typical Neptune tweaks and configurations.

The base of the system is Linux Kernel in version 4.19.37 which provides the necessary hardware support. Plasma 5.14.5 features the stable and flexible KDE made desktop that is loved by millions.

New in this version is an improved display handling which allows switching between different output methods and can be handy for presentations. The lockscreen is now invoked when changing users.

Plasma Discover is able to upgrade hardware firmware now and features a more modern and polished look and feel.

New improved desktop effects and handling of compositing in the window manager KWin result in a better more fluid user experience.

In terms of applications version 6.0 uses Chromium 76 as default webbrowser.

The E-Mail application Thunderbird comes in version 60.8. Multimedia playback is done by VLC 3.0.7 and music management is still done by Amarok which comes in the current Git version which is build upon KDE Frameworks 5.

Office work is done by LibreOffice 6.1.5.2 and Gimp 2.10 provides image editing capabilities. Editing of audio can be done either with Audacity 2.2.2 or Ardour 5.12. Videos can be cutted with Kdenlive 18.08.2.

Neptune 6.0 is available as 2.4 GiB 64-Bit ISO you can grab from the Download page.

Neptune 5.x users either can upgrade with the help of an Upgrade Script to version 6.0,or can stay on Neptune 5.x as long as Debian Stretch is supported. Upgrading to version 6.0 only should be done after backing up your existing system.

Known Problems:

- 64-Bit Uefi Secure Boot might not work

- After running the upgrade script you have to eventually install mariadb-server-core-10.3 manually for Amaroks database to work.
(Amaroks database migration from older non kf5 versions needs copying of ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok to ~/.local/share/amarok)

 

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