KDE Plasma 5.8 is designated an LTS edition with bugfixes and new releases being made for 18 months (rather than the normal four months). This will please a category of user who don’t want new features on their desktop but do want it to keep working and bugs to be removed. Because Neon aims to service Plasma and its users in every way we have now created the KDE neon User LTS Edition.
This comes with Plasma 5.8 LTS, updated for new bug fix releases (e.g. 5.8.5 is out at the end of this month) and will not change to Plasma 5.9 when they becomes available. A common critisism of LTS editions is that it just means users get old versions with known bugs. KDE neon User LTS Edition comes with the latest KDE Applications and it comes with the latest KDE Frameworks release and Qt 5.7, so all the KDE software we ship is the latest stable version. Along with other KDE neon editions we’ll also ship the HWE updates for Linux and Mesa when they become available.
For those interested in archive details it’s
deb http://archive.neon.kde.org/user/lts xenial main
Switching from User Edition to User LTS Edition archive is unsupported but will likely work.
A recent Reddit post gave some pleasing feedback about KDE neon, allow me the indulgence of picking some pleasing quotes from it:
I feel like the KDE neon team has done such a great job with an out-of-the-box experience with this distro that it feels insanely polished.
Jep, I’m even using KDE neon at work. I’ve been able to simply focus on my tasks, and not worry about troubleshooting the OS.
KDE neon cured my distro hopping as well.
KDE neon is the bee’s knees.
Anyone else feel this last should become an official marketing slogan?