KDE neon upgrades to 16.04LTS

KDE neon on 16.04 showing Ken’s new wallpaper

KDE neon is a package archive of KDE software built on a stable foundation.  We use Ubuntu because it’s good technology that we’re familiar with and which provides a Long Term Support foundation we can use.  When we started the only practical version to use at the start was 15.10 so our packages have been built using that.  But with 16.04LTS due out next week it’s time to move to a solid foundation where we expect to stay for the next couple of years.

If you have installed KDE neon on 15.10 (you can run Info Centre to check) you can now upgrade that foundation to 16.04LTS.

Neon offers no support for this I’m afraid, it’s not brilliantly well tested and I’m afraid there’s no GUI because that’s written in PyQt which we don’t yet have in Neon.  And obviously Ubuntu offer zero support for it because we’re an unrelated project.  16.04LTS isn’t released until next Thursday 21st so you may want to hold back until then.

Firstly check it’s all up to date:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install neon-desktop
sudo apt full-upgrade

In /etc/apt/sources.list.d/neon.list make sure you’re using the new archive address (with the /dev/)
deb http://archive.neon.kde.org/dev/unstable wily main

run the upgrade

and follow its prompts.  You’ll need at least 1.5GB of free disk space.

Alternatively you can just do a reinstall from one of our daily images which are already on 16.04LTS.  Download KDE neon.

This still contains only KDE Frameworks and KDE Plasma.  The packages are built from Git branches and intended for KDE contributors and testers.  The packages are not compatible with many packages from Kubuntu, e.g. KDE PIM will get uninstalled.

Coming soon, user edition packages built from released software and installable images for them.  Qt 5.6 on its way too.  Then KDE Applications and other bits.


9 Replies to “KDE neon upgrades to 16.04LTS”

  1. It would be nice if the imagewriter (ROSA) was downloaded from a trusted site. A Non-SSL connection to a Wiki in Russia is problematic for laying the foundation of your computer security!

      1. Great 🙂
        It would be nice if neon.kde.org/ was available over ssl as well.

  2. Hello!
    I tried to add this repository (http://archive.neon.kde.org/dev/unstable) to my ubuntu 15.10 but I get the error of unsigned gpg key :/

    The key is E6D4736255751E5D. I tried to receive that with some public gpg keyservers but I didn’t suceed the servers are:

    Could you help me with that? I’d like to install kde neon ontop of my existing ubuntu.

  3. So, KDE Neon provides pure upstream KDE experience on a (K)Ubuntu 16.04 (soon)? Is it just a proof-of-concept or testing thing or can I actually open a program without crashing everything?

    I would love to use pure KDE but I don’t want to use stock Kubuntu for the next two years. Especially with Plasma making huge leaps forward every three months..

    1. It’s a package archives of KDE software build with continuous integration from KDE Git for the developer edition and released software for the user edition.

      It doesn’t seem to crash for me.

  4. Thanks a lot for all your work and creating this amazing piece of software. I am a Debian user and it is a pity that the latest and the greatest of KDE Plasma is available for Ubuntu based Neon and soon for Kubuntu (as they tell) only but not for Debian. I wish Neon was based on Debian rather than Ubuntu. Good news however is, it is some time now that Debian (Stretch) has KDE Plasma 5.4.

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