I'm searching for a way to install kde neon on my kubuntu without formatting my hard drive, but I could only find how to install the developer's edition, not the user one.


How I fixed (Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial) non-upgradeable state after following https://launchpad.net/~project-neon/+archive/ubuntu/ppa (and sudo apt install neon-desktop).

(first, and after EACH step below, do sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade and sudo apt dist-upgrade)

  • When packages were held back I had to to apt install packagename
    (actually for MANY packages, so pasted them [list of packages held back may be found via apt upgrade or apt dist-upgrade] to a list file then installed mass packages from a file)
  • (sudo apt-get update --fix-missing dpkg –configure -a apt-get install -f didn't seem to help but may)
  • When packages were in conflict, I removed them with apt remove packagename (as shown in upgrade or dist-upgrade conflict error such as: "packagename breaks something but packagename-y is set to be installed").
  • After everything, sudo apt install neon-desktop again since some of the removed conflicting files were dependencies

Plasma (Wayland) didn't work (froze display), so did Ctrl+Alt+Del then after reboot I chose regular Plasma from the session menu before clicking login (Wayland may only fail with certain video card and driver combinations--I have "Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)").

Now my desktop works better than ever (faster and more stable) even though the system was changed from Ubuntu to Kubuntu (where I did a similar) to Neon (such changes are not recommended without reinstall but I did both)!


From https://neon.kde.org/faq

Can I turn Kubuntu into KDE neon with a PPA?

We recommend that you install a fresh KDE neon from the provided ISO images. But you can indeed add an APT repository to switch from Kubuntu to KDE neon. This is absolutely not tested or supported. If things take a turn for the worse you are expected to be knowledgable enough to repair your system on your own. A web search should quickly give you relevant information on how to do this.

There is a ppa here:


Directions from the above page:

Adding this PPA to your system

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:project-neon/ppa to your system's Software Sources. (Read about installing)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:project-neon/ppa
sudo apt-get update

I highly advise you download the developers edition from here : https://neon.kde.org/download

They have both a stable and unstable developers branch.

  • 2
    That is absolutely not a KDE Neon PPA and has nothing to do with KDE Neon, it seems to be related to the Amarok music player application. It has also not been updated for many years. Please don't add this PPA to your Ubuntu system, it could cause you a lot of pain. – nizmow Apr 18 '19 at 10:15
  • The process of adding a PPA is sane and as described, but the proposed ppa:project-neon/ppa really is not the right one: not updated since 2009 (!) and failing a sudo apt update on Ubuntu 19.10 because "The repository … does not have a Release file." – tanius Jun 9 '20 at 16:42

kubuntu ppa shuold be safer way to keep kubuntus's kde updated https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-ppa/+archive/ubuntu/backports

  • on 18.04 LTS, backports sticks to the (updated) LTS release of kde; it doesn't backport the latest release (although if the LTS version changes before 18.04.4, perhaps backports will change). Neon has the latest KDE releases, regardless of whether the current plasma release is LTS or not, the same as what 18.10 or 19.04 and 19.10 will get in time. So it is much more up to date – Tim Richardson Jan 6 '19 at 22:17
  • Using Kubuntu backports instead of a KDE Neon PPA is quite good when not requiring the ultimate latest versions. In more detail discussed under this related question: Kubuntu w/ backports == KDE Neon …? – tanius Jun 9 '20 at 16:46

Starting from 18.04 ubuntu install Follow answer of @poikolos.

It works, but package dependency clashes were ugly.

Some notes on that:

Start without an existing kde intallation (which is easier). If it's a fresh install of ubuntu, don't use the kubuntu packages, jump straight to Neon.

You could simulate this booting in a virtual console and removing kde, or boot to ubuntu or xfce and remove it. That way there are no package conflicts.

libinput will be deactivated (unless wayland, I guess)

kde neon does not use the libinput mouse/touchpad drivers if it can use the older synaptics driver, regardless of what you currently have installed [in 2021 I don't know if this is still true]. On the laptops I use, modern Thinkpads, libinput is better, plus reverse scroll works properly. So, I removed the evdev and synaptics xorg-input drivers.

KDE control panel does not have rich libinput settings yet [at the time this answer was posted, it's better now] (neither does ubuntu 18.04), only basic settings are exposed. This may not change; libinput does not believe in lots of configuration and the dev over the years has resisted call after call for tweak settings. Instead, he makes the driver work better without intervention (with a lot of success now).

Neon uses the synaptic driver for a reason (I guess), so only change to libinput it you want; I mention this because I was surprised at losing my libinput behaviour.

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