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 PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:32 pm   
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So, this is a cool distribution overall. Debian stable based, but they backport the LATEST LTS Plasma desktop (5.12 branch, which Debian will probably never put on Stretch) onto it. Overall I didn't want to keep it due to pinning issues. If I enabled sid to install firefox, their pinning build is flawed and it wanted to upgrade EVERYTHING to sid even if I pinned sid to a super low 90 priority.

So, discovered they also have a script to add their repos to a NORMAL debian desktop. So I am now running all my Debian desktops as normal Debian 9 (the desktop & 7490 use backports kernel, the rest use standard kernel, and of those only the 7490 actually NEEDS the backport kernel) with the latest plasma 5.12 desktop, Firefox 59, Libreoffice 6.0, etc.

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 PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:29 am   
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That's an interesting idea. I have Plasma (and I think it's 5.2) installed on one or two of my distributions. I think it is either openSUSE 42.3 with updates or PCLinuxOS, but I don't remember for sure - and I'm using MX-17 right now with Xfce, which is the desktop that I use most of the time on the majority of my distributions anyway because I do not usually have a need for the features of either KDE or the Plasma interface.

I did at least find that Plasma runs acceptably on my Inspiron 5558, though nothing is "fast" on the Inspiron any more, now that it's a few years old.

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 PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:28 am   
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Not sure what they do, but the Neptune linux plasma build is possibly the fastest I've ever used. I have it on my Acer cloudbook (Celeron N3450, 4 GB ram, 32 GB eMMC) and it runs absolutely acceptably well on such incredibly low end hardware. I'd be willing to bet that Inspiron is heads and shoulders better specc'd than my Acer.

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 PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:24 am   
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Neptune Linux 5.1 released

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 PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:24 pm   
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So, with all the KDE focus, it is, so to speak, fast?

I'll try a live session, to be sure I tolerate the recent KDE user interface.....

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 PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:13 pm   
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It is surprisingly fast, yes. One of the fastest implementations of Plasma I've seen.

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 PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:59 pm   
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Well.

So far, I've tried 3 times to download from the filepup.net mirror, each time the download gets canceled and restarted. Not Neptunes fault, but take heed.

<rant>Also, the iso file at filepup.net is renamed ("latest-stable.iso") versus what the Neptune server names it ("Neptune5-Plasma5-20180410.iso"), which means I can't really tell which version of the 'latest' anything I am getting from filepup.net. Maybe I'm getting 2.1 Gb of random ascii characters and a matching MD5sum for those random characters. Can't match the MD5sum to the ... huh. Neptune offers a SHA256 checkum. How do I know the file from filepup.net is what Neptune published?

So far, filepup.net, by your reinventing the wheel of providing an md5 named the same as the obscured matching iso file, you haven't made me trust using the filepup.net service. More, if I go back to filepup.net in a few weeks and download 'latest-stable.iso.md5' (because your md5sum is always the latest), and your served 'latest-stable.iso' itself is actually a different file from what I downloaded and thus your latest-stable.iso.md5 is now providing a different checksum value, I might toss my good iso which I already downloaded, but I tossed it for no reason. Oh, you say that I should always use the latest version? Since your iso isn't labeled with any version, exactly which version are you providing today, filepup.net? What happens when I have to use Neptune 4.7 for a REASON.... is the name of your iso file telling me anything useful? So many reasons to NOT 'do it yourself'.

<sarcasm>NOT typing 25 characters on your keyboard is so tedious. Better to make tens of thousands of potential downloaders rename their files to some assumed version, to save yourself 30 seconds of time.</sarcasm> So, filepup.net, try to learn from the ancient masters, stop convincing yourself you and your peers are correct.</rant>

The Neptune main US server is slowwwww... but totally trustworthy.

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Visited here under Neptune Live, was a pleasant experience all in all.

KDE is configured with some color icons, but not what KDE has as default in the system tray area - those are still disgusting monochrome.

Excalibur in place of the KDE menu - nice, but is it replacing the KDE menu or is Excalibur just an alternative? Still has too much whitespace for my preferences but the white space is much reduced over the last KDE menu I walked away from.

Dolphin has kioslaves again, so the audiocd:// protocol is working once more, big shout of joy for that!

Need to try live once more to test icon sets and window settings.

Neptune might be in my future.

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Neptune has updated Plasma to the 5.12.5 LTS version

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