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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. 

Lowmemory Modus

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. 

ISOLinux Bootmenü

The failsafe mode now includes the bootoption nomodeset which prevents loading of the kernel video driver.

You can find the ISO on our downloadpage

A new update is available for Neptune users of Plasma 5. This brings a new version of Qt 5.7.1 with plenty of nice little features and bugfixes.

Besides that we also updated KDE Frameworks to the latest version 5.31. Included in this version is a fix for file copying processes not preserving the file attributes aswell as an updated Breeze icon theme.  It also already includes a fix for the eject/unmount button in the device notifier.  

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 5.30.

This all sits on the base of the latest LTS Kernel 4.9.9.

You can find the ISO on our downloadpage

KDE Applications 16.12.2 is now available for Plasma 5 users of Neptune.

This brings in several bugfixes and improvements for the file manager Dolphin that make it more robust and faster. Besides that the archiving application Ark fixes a bug that lead to crashes and the application Konsole also got several bugfixes to address issues. 

Kdenlive was updated again and brings in several fixes to improve overall stability and improving video editing features. 

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 16.12.1, Kdenlive 16.12.1, Chromium 55, Icedove 45.6. 

Besides that it ships the newest KDE Frameworks 5.30.

This all sits on the base of the latest LTS Kernel 4.4.44.

You can find the ISO on our downloadpage

Update: The ISO was updated to fix an issue reported by some users.