MAR
11
2011

conf.kde.in: Project Neon Returns With Bleeding Edge KDE Software

Announced today at conf.kde.in in Bengaluru, Project Neon is back, new and ambitious. Those of you who have been around KDE for a while might remember the old incarnation, which provided nightly builds of Amarok. Now the new generation of talented young Kubuntu developers announce that Project Neon is open for business!

Project Neon provides nightly builds of the KDE Software Compilation trunk, with similar Amarok support also coming very soon. Project Neon is an easy way for new KDE contributors to get started without having to build the entire KDE-SVN tree and maintain the checkout. Additionally, dependencies are automatically handled and updated. This makes Neon suitable for a range of contributors such as new developers, translators, usability designers, documenters, promoters, and bug triagers. See the details on Techbase. The developers also have an active set of wiki pages for those who want to help with the project. The project uses the Launchpad infrastructure; the IRC channel is #project-neon on Freenode. Some screenshots are on the wiki.


Announcing Project Neon at conf.kde.in Today

According to Project Neon developers, running it will require latest stable or development release of Kubuntu. They say that it is possible to port Project Neon to other distributions, though there are currently no maintainers for other distributions working on the project. openSUSE also provide their own weekly build of the KDE source trunk.

Kudos to Philip Muškovac (yofel), Michał Zając (quintasan), Rohan Garg (shadeslayer), and Gaurav Chaturvedi (tazz) for their accomplishment! And thanks to Sheytan (Tomasz Dudzik) for the great artwork. Branding is important, and the developers of this project appreciate it.

Comments

I used to be a Kubuntu basher. The Spanish translations were badly broken, the package manager (Adept) was less than useless and there were very noticeable Kubuntu-specific bugs. But Muon and your new focus is gaining me.

Today I run Kubuntu Natty. It's amazingly stable. It's more stable than Maverick. It's 100x more stable than Ubuntu Natty (KDE is an advantage, don't you think?). It has what I need. It hibernates flawlessly. It displays a beautiful console and splash screen, even when I'm running with the NVIDIA proprietary driver. It drives my touchscreen, and, although I have little issues with my wireless, they are solved by manually reloading the wl module. I have issues only with Bluetooth (while you seem to use a dev release of Bluedevil). Nothing major. And this is an ALPHA 3 RELEASE.

If you manage to do the unthinkable and go with a Plasma Unity Desktop Container... then you will be loved. Seriously. Go ahead.


By Ernesto Manríquez at Sat, 2011/03/12 - 1:53am

IDEM!

It´s Project is AWESOMEEE!!!

I love ubuntu and it's true what they say, the version of Kubuntu 4.11 Alpha 3 is much more stable than the Maverick and 100 times more than the 10.04

Apart from all the Ubuntu Documenting and quantity of packages, makes it unique! Distro easy to use and fully integrated end-user.

Greetings!


By Jose at Sat, 2011/03/12 - 4:42am

Unfortunately, Sheytan was left out of thanks in the above article. Thanks to you, Sheytan for your fine work! You can thank him too, here, or on http://identi.ca/sheytan , and see more of his work on his blog: http://www.madsheytan.blogspot.com


By Valorie Zimmerman at Sun, 2011/03/13 - 12:44am

Hope they will be able to catch up with the amazing work of the OpenSuse project when it comes to provision of "KDE unstable"


By André at Sun, 2011/03/13 - 10:33am

In my opinion it already has. (Full disclosure, I'm a Kubuntu Dev) ;-)

The KDE unstable packages replace your existing KDE packages, while Project Neon packages install alongside stable packages, allowing you to experiment without risking a working KDE environment. :)


By JontheEchidna at Wed, 2011/03/16 - 8:17pm