KDE neon project leader Jonathan Riddell announced today that the Linux-based operating system is now officially based on the latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series.
Built on top of an Ubuntu base and using the latest KDE technologies, the KDE neon operating system offers Linux users quick and trustworthy access to the most recent KDE Plasma desktop environment releases on their personal computers while being powered by up-to-date packages from latest Ubuntu releases.
Using modern DevOps techniques to automatically build, test, and deploy its packages, KDE neon follows a rolling release model where the user installs once and receives updates forever. However, from time to time, the KDE neon developers rebased the entire OS on newer Ubuntu LTS releases, and now they are proud to announce that the latest KDE neon images are based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
"Our packages are built on the latest Ubuntu LTS edition and today we have moved to their new 18.04 release. This means our users can get newer drivers and third party packages. There is an upgrade process from the previous 16.04 LTS base which we have spent the last few months writing and running QA on to ensure it runs smoothly." said Jonathan Riddell.
Existing KDE neon should upgrade now
If you're using the KDE neon operating system on your personal computer, you are urged to update your installations as soon as possible to benefit from the new package base from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), which include numerous up-to-date components compared to those from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), but please keep in mind to make a backup before upgrading.
For newcomers or those who want to deploy this Ubuntu-based operating system on new computers, KDE neon is available in three official editions, a User Edition designed for users who want to use the latest KDE Plasma desktop and software, as well as two Developer Editions, which are built from the beta and unstable Git branches, and are targeted at developers and testers. Download KDE neon 20180925 right now!