he KDE neon developers recently announced the supply of offline updates for his or her rolling-release GNU/Linux distribution and therefore the end of support for the KDE neon Plasma LTS Edition.
KDE neon Puts an End to the Plasma LTS Edition, Introduces Offline Updates
Offline updates (à la Microsoft Windows) are getting a thing among GNU/Linux distributions. Fedora Linux was among the primary major OS to supply support for offline updates, and now KDE neon is jumping on the bandwagon, in an effort to form the system update experience more reliable.
Offline updates are now rolling bent all KDE neon editions, including KDE neon User Edition, KDE neon Testing Edition, KDE neon Unstable Edition, also as KDE neon Developer Edition, and are available only updating your installation using KDE’s Plasma Discover graphical package manager.
As you’ll imagine, the offline update feature only downloads available updates and marks them for installations after rebooting the system, a bit like on the Windows OS . One advantage of this functionality, consistent with the KDE neon devs, is that you simply won’t need to interrupt your workflow to update the system.
In Linux, everyone knows that applying updates is rebootless, apart from kernel updates, and that’s still a thing in KDE neon if you update your installation from the instruction or employing a different graphical package manager, like Synaptic Package Manager.
In some rare cases, the system may become unreliable during updates, so you’ll think about using offline updates if that went on to you within the past. Also, the offline update may attract more Windows users who want to modify to GNU/Linux.
“Previously you would possibly are angrily checked out by Firefox, had Dolphin crash on you, or maybe got locked out of the session because the lock screen jumped off a cliff after you applied an update,” said the KDE neon devs. “Offline updates solve this problem.”
Offline updates in KDE neon – Image courtesy of KDE neon. In related news, the KDE neon developers announced today that they decide to put an end to the KDE neon Plasma LTS edition starting July 1st, 2021, because it doesn’t offer an excellent user experience and it’s hard to take care of it now that it’s not popular.
If you would like to use the LTS (Long-Term Support) series of the KDE Plasma desktop environment, the KDE neon developers recommend migrating to either Kubuntu LTS or openSUSE Leap before July 1st. But if you made the decision to stay with KDE neon, you’ll need to switch to the KDE neon User Edition, which ships with the newest stable KDE Plasma branch.