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Latest Neptune OS 5.4 brings many application improvements and bugfixes

The Debian-based Linux distro Neptune OS recently announced a complete update to Neptune OS V5.4, which brings a large number of improvements and updates.

For starters, the GUI has been given a general makeover with a package named Neptune Dark, which includes a modified icon pack called Faenza Dark, which is made for dark themes in mind.

Hardware support was also increased by updating to Linux Kernel 4.16.16, which should address some drivers and bugfixes. Some other notable updates in this latest version include KDE Frameworks being updated to version 5.48, and KDE Applications updated to version 18.04.3. However, because he new KF5 version is incompatible with Qt 5.7, the Neptune OS developers needed to backport its patches to 5.45.

As for software and app updates, VLC was updated to version 3.0.3 which should be generally much faster, with many bugfixes. Thunderbird 52.9 should fix issues with encrypted HTMLT emails, and the new Excalibur menu is available in its version 2.7, which fixes bugs regarding to multiple activities and shifting around your favourites.

The default window manager for Plasma, named KWin, was updated to version 5.12.5 which was adjusted to be compiled against Qt 5.7 – users should see verifiable performance improvements, as well as nicer screen effects and better overall hardware support.

LibreOffice was updated to version 6.0.6, and the Neptune OS devs fixed an issue with MTP causing issues when trying to share files to Android devices over an MTP connection.

Finally, Enlightenment 22 was made available in version 0.22.3, together with Terminology 1.2.1

The full changelog for Neptune OS 5.7 is as follows:

  • Fix mtp opening for many android devices
  • Update Kernel to 4.16.16
  • Added remove all notification history to notification widget (backported from Plasma 5.13)
  • Tweaked default vm.swappiness in neptunes systctl config for even later swapping out and more responsive desktop
  • Added artwork-lookandfeel-neptune-dark
  • Added new Faenza-Dark icon theme for dark background themes like neptune dark
  • Added Blackbird gtk theme (for use with neptune dark)
  • Plasma Discover update for better overall progressbar when only installing one package
  • Plasma Discover update to support multiple archives for Plasma Extensions
  • Fixed Neptune ZRAM config not working for only single core CPUs
  • Fixed ksysguard leaking pipe fds in md raid code
  • Updated E22 to 0.22.3 (in repo)
  • Updated terminology to 1.2.1 (in repo)
  • Updated Thunderbird to 52.9
  • Updated Chromium to 67 and fixed html5 audio & video playing issue
  • Updated LibreOffice to 6.0.6
  • Updated KDE Frameworks 5 to 5.48
  • Updated KDE Applications to 18.04.3
  • Updated KWin to 5.12.5 (real version compiled against Qt 5.7.1 instead of just relabled 5.11.5)
  • Updated FFmpeg 3.2.11 security update
  • Included v86d by default on ISO (used for uvesafb)
  • Included mdadm by default on ISO (support for software raid [mdraid])
  • Updated Excalibur menu to 2.7
  • Updated Debians Stable base to 2018-07-21

Existing Neptune OS users can upgrade via the packagemanager or Discover, but users interested in trying Neptune OS can grab the latest Neptune OS ISO file.

John Rendace


John is a GNU/Linux expert with a hobbyist's background in C/C++, Web development, storage and file system technologies. In his free time, he maintains custom and vintage PC hardware. He's been compiling his own software from source since the DOS days and still prefers using the command line all these years later.

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