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What we plan that Neon will be and why it will be so. October 2015

{{{ Neon provides an easy and elegant way for people to test the latest from KDE, or use the latest releases of KDE Software. }}}

KDE is a community making the best in end-user ready software, but it can be hard to install the latest versions. We rely upon Linux distribution companies and communities to package, compile and make our software available which they do an excellent job of. However they use release schedules which are not aligned to KDE's, they don't provide packages from Git and often not from Betas so there's no way to test the forthcoming releases and the packages can be late compared to KDE's releases. Once a user has installed a distro there is often no easy way to get updates of KDE packages such as a new release of Plasma, it typically involves adding an extra archive that the user needs to search out. Because of the competing demands of distributions the third party libraries and software is often a different version from that which KDE software works best with. And of course they take away KDE's branding, often adding their own branding to the software and driving away users and contributors and donors who might be best served directly from KDE.

We are a team of KDE fans who would like to try improving this situation and would like to work with KDE to do it. We have a lot of previous experience in Kubuntu to give us the starting technology and knowledge needed to make this available.

We love Linux distributions and recognise they will continue to be very important to KDE for distributing our software. Neon won't be special treatment from the rest of KDE by virtue of being a KDE project and it certainly won't be the KDE distribution. Other projects which release software packages for Linux may well join KDE as there are already project which release software packages for Windows and Mac.


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