For this summer heat we present a cool wave of new updates for all Neptune users.
Among others Systemd got an update to version 230 with lots of improvements here and there aswell as new features. We also provide the brand new Linux LTS Kernel 4.9.30 in our repos.
The graphical framework Mesa is now available in its newest bugfix release 13.0.6 and includes improvements for all common graphics hardware with updated free software drivers.
Besides that we provide updated packaged like ifupdown, elfutils & samba (CVE-2017-7494 Patch).
The Enlightenment desktop is now available in the newest 0.21.8 bugfix release.
Plasma 5.8.7 is now available as update for Neptune Plasma 5 users.
This version features many bugfixes but also some new features like improved group window management.
If you want to know more visit the release announcement by kde.
We are proud to announce the may update for our Neptune Plasma 5 ISO.
This version comes again with numerous detail improvements. We updated the Excalibur applicationmenu and improved it to support scrolling through your favorites and showing more than 3 sysactions.
KDE Frameworks 5.33 is the base for this new release which includes several fixes and improvements.
KDE Applications 17.04 is the collection of applications we now provide. This includes updates for the filemanager Dolphin, terminalemulator Konsole, archivapplication Ark, texteditor Kate and videoediting Kdenlive.
Besides that we now also include applications like Okular (PDF-Viewer) and Gwenview (Imageviewer) from KDE Applications 17.04.
The default login manager got changed from KDM to the newest version of SDDM including a Neptune like theming. The mailclient Icedove got replaced by Thunderbird 45.8.
Libc6 got an update to improve compatibility with newer software like VLC, mpv, X11, Mesa, E21 and more.
You can find Neptune Plasma 5 ISO May on our Downloadpage
The brand new version of KDE Applications with plenty new features and bugfixes.
Biggest change of this release in all packages is the inclusion of translations for the specific applications. This makes the old kde-l10n packages obsolete just like kde-l10n-de for the german localization.
Dolphin features smooth scrolling in this new release. The freespace indicator now clearly shows on mouse hover that it hides some goodies that you want to try out by clicking it.
Ark got plenty of improvements in the details just like better support password encrypted RAR archives, better p7zip support including apk files, aswell as better support for sorting. This new version also includes a new feature which allows you to search for files inside the archive.
Kate the texteditor brings better search functionality and allows now searching in different tabs. This version also marks the end of running the texteditor as root user and encourages using alternatives just like sudoedit if you want to use kate to edit files which are only accessible as root.
Kdenlive again features plenty of fixes and new features which help to improve the overall workflow when editing video files under linux. If you want to know more about the changes in details and KDE Applications 17.04 in general visit the official Changelog site by KDE.
We are happy to announce the 4th Maintenancerelease of Neptune 4.5. This comes with a updated LTS Kernel 3.18.48 with dozens of security fixes and support for new hardware.
For best multimedia consumption we now updated to VLC 2.2.4 which gains better supports for newer Codecs like VP9 or FLAC. The Phonon base for playing sounds in KDE Plasma got an update to version 4.9.0 for better reliability together with the updated VLC Backend which builds upon the improvements of VLC 2.2.4.
Our Internetsuite got improved with Chromium 57 and Icedove 45.6 to provide the best in terms of surfing the web or writing emails. Chromium 57 brings better support for HTML5 video and Icedove 45.6 fixes several bugs when it comes to editing emails.
Mesa Version 13.0.4 fixes several bugs and improves graphics hardware support.
The Radeon(ATI/AMD) driver got an update to Version 7.8.0 with better support for several amd graphicscards and some bugfixes.
Fresh and new is the improvement for the flash filesystem f2fs. We now allow mounting those partitions directly on the desktop with udisks. Besides that we also updated the f2fs-tools to version 1.7.0 including several improvements for creating and checking the filesystem.
We also improved the Btrfs filesystem with btrfs-progs 4.9.1 and plenty of improvements for filesystemchecks and better handling of low memory situations.
Neptune 4.5.4 now uses our new secure software repository by default. Additionally we include several security fixes in packages like eject.
LibreOffice got an update to version 4.3.3, libmtp 1.1.12 now supports mounting of the Jolla C smartphone and Encode got a fix for FullHD resolution.
VirtualBox 5.1.4 Guest Additions are available by default now on our ISO improving the support for newer VirtualBox versions. Besides that it also allows using the newer LTS Kernel 4.9.18 which is included in our repository without any problems.
Neptune 4.5.4 is available as 2 GiB ISO on our Downloadpage.
Users of Neptune 4.5 can upgrade with a normal update from within the update manager.
Neptune Plasma 5 April Update
We also updated our Plasma 5 ISO with new Updates and several improvements.
KDE Frameworks version 5.32 includes improvements in KArchive, KIO, KPackage and more. KDE Applications 16.12.3 is available and we also improved Dolphin with smooth scrolling aswell as better support for service menus. Ark, Kate and Kdenlive were updated with several fixes and improvements.
Yakuake the slide down terminal got an update to version 3.0.4 with appearance improvements.
Within the scope of our improvement campaign we also improved our Plasma 5 Desktop. By default this now includes a new default application menu called Excalibur which strives to take the best from the old Lancelot menu. This includes a two column view with favorites and application categories. You can set and move favorites freely around. Also available is the option to move and set logout, reboot and shutdown buttons freely.
The new Plasma 5 April ISO of Neptune includes the LTS Kernel 4.9.18 with security fixes and better support for newer hardware.
Just like on Neptune 4.5.4 we are also now using our new secure softwarepository.
You can get the new Plasma 5 ISO from our downloadpage.
Existing Plasma 5 Neptune User can update with a normal update in the update manager. The new Excalibur menu needs manual adding however to the panel. You can use the right click context menus alternative entry to switch from Kickoff to Excalibur.
Neptune is willing to improve its security constantly like we showed in the past by using HTTPS on our website with Letsencrypt certificates.
This time around we also changed our default repository server to use HTTPS. With the update to version 4.5.4 of the neptune-sourceslist package we changed the default repository to point to the https://download.neptuneos.com/ server. This also means that you need to have the package apt-transport-https installed to make it work. The update should automatically pull and install this package aswell.
The old proindi repository is available for approximately 1 month to ease the change and allow all users to upgrade to the new repository.
Neptune is featured as Distribution of the week in the last weeks Linux Action Show.
Its just a short talk about the latest Plasma 5 march ISO nevertheless they talk about the advantages of the lowmemory mode.
You can find the Linux Action Show featuring Neptune here: http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/107471/nextclouds-can-of-worms-las-460/
KDE Frameworks 5.32 is now available for all our Plasma 5 users.
This version comes with the usual fixes in packages like KArchive, KIO, KPackage and more.
Besides that there was some restructuring in the packages KDoctools, Kfilemetadata and others.
Get the full changelog from KDE.org
We now offer for all our Plasma 5 users of Neptune the updated KDE Applications version 16.12.3.
This is another bugfix maintenance release fixing bugs mainly in the archiver application Ark, Kate aswell as Kdenlive.
We are proud to announce a fresh new Update for our Plasma 5 version of Neptune 4.5.
This version brings the latest and greatest of the Plasma 5 world to you. This includes Plasma 5.8.5 together with the desktop fix for contextmenu aswell as Dolphin 16.12.2, Kdenlive 16.12.2, Chromium 56, Icedove 45.6.
Besides that it ships the newest KDE Frameworks 5.31.
This all sits on the base of the latest LTS Kernel 4.9.12.
With this version we are starting a transition phase from Neptune 4.5.x to Neptune 5. With the slogan every details matter we try to improve any little feature month after month.
This month marks the comeback of the Lowmemory mode. This one offers a lowmemory desktop based on Enlightenment DR16. Besides that we worked on improving the default live boot menu ISOLinux which includes many bugfixes in the builtin help. You are now able to start memtest again after entering memtest or if you accidentally bootet with attached live boot stick you can enter disk1 to start your system from primary harddrive/ssd.
The failsafe mode now includes the bootoption nomodeset which prevents loading of the kernel video driver.
You can find the ISO on our downloadpage.