The development team responsible for the distribution Neptune Linux released the new version of Neptune 7.5 as the second major update to the Neptune 7.x series, a Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution built around the KDE Plasma desktop environment.
Dubbed “Ada”, Neptune 7.5 is based on the software repositories of the “Bullseye” version of Debian GNU/Linux 11.4, but comes with a newer kernel, called Linux 5.18.2, from the Debian Backports (Testing) repositories.
the neptune 7.0 which was released eight months ago as the first version of Neptune based on the Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series, was powered by the Linux 5.10 LTS kernel.
Neptune 7.5 is based on Debian GNU/Linux 11.4
There are no major changes in this release, but Neptune 7.5 comes with some new apps, including Timeshift for full system backups and rollbacks, as well as Persistent Creator 2.0 for creating a persistence partition on USB thumb drives.
Also, the neptune-sysctl-config utility has been updated with better settings to increase writing speed to USB flash drives and slightly better system performance, and the Vim text editor has received a new vim-airline theme.
Since Neptune 7.0, developers have updated the Chromium browser to version 104 from 90, the Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client from version 78.14 to 91.12, and the VLC Media Player from version 3.0.16 to 3.0.17.
However, Neptune 7.5 continues to use the KDE Plasma 5.20 desktop environment series and comes with the older KDE Frameworks 5.78 and KDE Gear 20.12.2 software packages, all of which build against Qt 5.15.2. This is unfortunate, but at least you’re getting well-tested software from the Debian Stable repositories.
You can download Neptune 7.5 right now from the official website if you want to try this KDE-oriented, Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution on your personal computer.
Existing Neptune 7.0 users do not need to download the new ISO image, but just update their installations by running the following command in a Terminal:
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade