After years of Windows-OS-Only daily life, I tried a new Linux distribution, KDE Neon, for a week. Here’s my experience about this young Linux distribution of totally KDE desktop environment.

About KDE Neon

KDE Neon is maintained by KDE, one of the most popular Linux desktop environment, which means that Neon users could get the most and newest KDE experience than any other distributions. And, Neon is based on Ubuntu’s latest LTS version. So, if you were familiar with Ubuntu, you could start to use Neon just as it.

For more basic information about KDE Neon, visit KDE Neon offical site.

Neon’s Features

100% KDE

kde neon about system
KDE Neon Uses Latest KDE

KDE Neon is directly maintained by KDE team so that any KDE’s new feature could reach to users quickly. And user report could be directly delivered to KDE team to help function improving.


user configured kde neon desktop
KDE Neon User Configured Desktop

Linux doesn’t need to be Windows-Like. But at Neon, most daily use operation is same as what you do in Windows. For example, you just Press Ctrl+E to open file manager Dolpin, which is Explorer in Windows; Windows key for start menu; Windows+Number to open program pined to the task bar; Windows+L to lock screen.

Yes, you could configure any shortcut to turn any Linux distribution into a Windows-Like system. And Neon offers you a pre-configured Windows-Like choice.

Normal User-Friendly

kde neon fullscreen start
KDE Fullscreen Start

Once upon a time, Linux is not a very normal user-friendly operating system. It’s much harder to install and configure. When I was at university, I tried Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop. After the OS installation, I need to install graphic driver standalone, configure system font style for better visual experience. Some, maybe most of these operation need to be done with the command line, which stops most normal users stepping forward in the journey of Linux.

For now, Neon (same to other distributions) becomes much normal user-friendly, offering a click to install and click to start user experience. In my laptop, I don’t need to handle graphic driver or font style any more, it’s all done by the installation progress automatically.

One more thing. KDE Neon uses Discover as the default programming manager. Compared with Ubuntu’s Synaptic, it gives least control but most simple operation to users. Package dependency will be handled in the background mutely. One word, Discover is a Windows-Store-Like software manager.

Little Problem

Device management and CJK(Chiense, Japanese and Korean) input method problems give me hard time and I haven’t find any useful solution. I need to disable my broken sensor every time after booting, and could only use English to type. I’m still working on it.

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