Test KDE Frameworks 5/Plasma Workspaces 2 using Project Neon 5 ISO

If you are using a Linux desktop computer that’s running the KDE desktop, it’s likely that you are running a KDE 4.11 series, either version 4.11.2 or 4.11.3. Those are the last two stable editions.

If you want to play with what the KDE developers are working on, Project Neon 5 has been the way to go. Now it’s even easier, because an ISO installation image for the daily builds has been released.

You may download it from here. You should get an ISO installation image that should fit on a CD or any USB stick. I downloaded it, installed it in a virtual machine, and was surprised that I did not get a fully functioning KDE desktop.

Note that since the ISO is based on Kubuntu, you could install any package from the Kubuntu repositories that you would normally install on the latest edition of that distribution. The following screen shots show a few aspects of the current state of the development desktop.

The login screen.
KDE Frameworks 5 login screen

The desktop showing the calendar widget and the entries in the desktop’s content menu. If you are not using KDE right now, that calendar widget looks different from the one on the current stable KDE desktop.
KDE Project Neon 5 desktop

I was expecting something other than the Kickoff menu, but no luck. I think the developers should go for something that’s better than Kickoff. Homerun is a good candidate.
KDE Project Neon 5 menu

The interface for adding widgets has a new alignment relative to the panel.
KDE Project Neon 5 widget manager

Widget categories.
KDE Project Neon5 widget categories

The system Settings still looks the same.
KDE Project Neon 5 plasma workspaces 2

But the NetworkManager widget has a new look. This widget presents a tabbed interface from which you can access more than just the network manager settings.
KDE Frameworks 5 Plasma Workspaces 2 network manager

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For example, you can access the Power Management settings.
KDE Frameworks 5 Plasma Workspaces 2 battery

And the Media Player controls.
KDE Frameworks 5 Plasma Workspaces 2 media player

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One Comment

  1. Why were you surprised that you did not get a fully functioning Desktop? It was never advertised that it is a fully functioning desktop.

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