10 Things to do after installing KDE Neon (2023)

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You will learn 10 essentials things to do after installing KDE Neon. KDE Neon is very minimal distribution and after you install it you need to spend quite some to configure it. This post will help you to do that.

If you are my reader or YouTube subscriber you probably already know that I use KDE Neon on as my distribution at work. KDE Neon is a great Linux distribution but it is very minimal. So, you need to put some effort after you install it to make it usable.

You can watch the video showing these things to do after installing KDE Neon or continue reading below.

1. Change KDE Settings

The first to do after installing KDE Neon is change the KDE settings. By default Plasma 5 Desktop has this kind of menu.

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But if you right click on Menu Button and go to alternatives you can change the style of this menu. You can select sort of Dashboard menu and also Application Menuoption, which I like the most.

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I like it because you can quickly see what applications you have in different categories and you can also add some favorites applications.

Next, go to the Settings and in the settings, you have all the categories on the left side, which is OK if you like it, but I prefer Icon View of my settings.

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So, if you go to Menu -> Configure, you can change the layout to Icon view layout.

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Now, it is a more classical view of the Settings menu.

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Since we are in the Settings app, we can also make changes some settings here. For example, if you go to Desktop Behavior, you can change the behavior of your desktop from single click to double click. I know many users prefer to use single click but I am still kind of old-fashioned user who uses double-click. If you like me, you can go to Click Behavior and change the desktop behavior to double-click.

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Go back to Settings and go to Window Management section. In the Advanced tab. You can change the settings of the window placement when you open them. I prefer to open my windows in the center. So, I select Center and Apply.

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I also usually go to the Tasks Switcher section because when you press alt-tab to switch between Windows, you will see the selected window will be highlighted.

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I personally find it little annoying, so I disable this feature. And I also personally don’t like this Breeze style of switching between windows on the left side. I like old-style with large icons in the center of the screen, so let’s change Visualization to Large Icons. I personally think it is more productive and I switch between Windows much faster this way.

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2. Update Correctly

Usually, I do not include the update procedure in things to do after installing, because for me it is a very obvious thing to do. However, in the case of KDE Neon, there is a small trick which I like to show you.

So, as you already know, KDE Neon is based on Ubuntu but in case of KDE on you need to use a different command to update your system properly. This is because KDE Neon uses APT and PKCON as package manager. However, on the KDE Neon website, it says that APT sometimes does not install all updated packages while PKCON does. Therefore, to update the system, use PKCON and to install packages, use APT.

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So, to update your KDE Neon system, you just need to run this command:

sudo pkcon refresh && sudo pkcon update
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Of course, you can also click on the applet and update your system for the graphical interface using the Discovery package manager. But I still would like to show you the command-line way because usually is more reliable.

3. Install Synaptic package manager

The third thing I to do after installing KDE Neon is installingSynaptic. By default, KDE Neon comes with KDE package manager which is Discover package manager. It is a good program but it doesn’t work perfectly. So, I recommend you to go to the old style and use Synaptic package manager. It is a graphical program to manage packages. Although it is not nice looking, it is extremely reliable. Simply search for Synaptic in theDiscover package manager and install it.

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I think Synaptic package manager is familiar to most users but if you see the first time this is how it looks.

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As I said it is a nice graphical package manager. if you click on any package you can see its description. It is not the most beautiful one but it is extremely reliable so that’s why I recommend you to use Synaptic.

UPDATE: Thanks to the comment from Yannis. I now recommend to install Muon instead of Synaptic. It is not much different from Synaptic functionally but it looks better in Plasma 5.

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4. Install Drivers

Unfortunately by default KDE Neon doesn’t have any driver manager and you have two options to install Drivers. First, you can install all the drivers manually. In this case, you need to know what drivers you need to install. Second, you can install a driver manager which will install all the drivers automatically on your system. I recommend you install Kubuntu Driver Manager.

Open Synaptic, search for kubuntu-driver-manager and install it.

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Open the Driver Manager. After the first open the driver manager will analyze your system and search for any necessary drivers. So, in my case, I amusing KDE Neon in the Virtualbox. And it presented me some drivers for the virtual machine.

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In your case, if you install it on your hardware, it will automatically detect your hardware and suggest you proper drivers. If it suggests you, several drivers, I recommend you to pick the top one.

After installing the drivers, do not forget to reboot your system :-)

5. Install LibreOffice

KDE Neon is such a minimal distribution that it doesn’t have any office suite. So, let’s install LibreOffice which is the most popular open source office program.

Open Synaptic package manager and search for libreoffice package.

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You will see many packages related to LibreOffice but the one you need to install it is libreoffice and libreoffice-style-breeze. The last package makes LibreOffice look native in Plasma 5 desktop.

I also recommend you to install the Microsoft Fonts package because it’s very likely you will need to use Microsoft fonts. For example, if somebody sends you a document which was created in Microsoft Office, it will have to use Microsoft fonts.

Search for ttf-mscorefonts-installer package and install it.

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Now, open LibreOffice and see how it is integrated into Plasma 5 desktop and whether the Microsoft fonts are installed.

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If you write many documents, this is the most important thing do after installing KDE Neon.

6. Install Restricted-extras packages

By default, KDE Neon is able to open and play most of the common formats but it is still good to install some restricted extra package to enable the support of a wider range of formats.

So, to install it, open Synaptic and search for kubuntu-restricted-extras package. As you can see, it will install many codecs and some archive management package.

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Installing this package, you should be able to open most of the proprietary formats. If you like to play multimedia files you must do this thing after installing KDE Neon.

7. Configure Swappiness

If you have more than 2Gb of RAM, you can also benefit from using your RAM memory as much as possible and restrict writing files to the swap partition. The swap partition is slower than your own memory. So, let’s make KDE Neon use RAM more efficiently to improve system performance. First, you need to check the default value of swappiness. Open the terminal and type:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
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As you can see, the default value is 60. However, if you reduce this value, your system will use your RAM memory much more and start writing to the disk much later. To do that, you have to edit the configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf

Scroll down to the end of this file and add the following:

vm.swappiness = 10
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Press CTRL + O to save the file and CTRL + X to exit. Next, reboot your system. Then, open the Terminal and type again:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
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Now, your system uses RAM memory more efficiently.

8. Enable Firewall

I often get comments that the Linux desktop doesn’t need a firewall and this is true because by default all the Linux distributions don’t have any ports open. However, some users can install some application which will open some ports. For example, if you install samba or SSH and they may not know that they have some ports open. So, it is better to install a Firewall and be sure that your computer is closed on the outside access.

On KDE Neon I recommend installing gufw package. Open Synaptic and search for it. Then, install it.

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It is a very simple application to manage firewall rules. So, the only thing you need to do is just enable it.

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If you need open some port, you can go to the rules and manage what ports you want to add. I think just enabling Firewall and deny all incoming and outgoing connections will work the best. Again it is not necessary, however, I still recommend to enable the Firewall after installing KDE Neon.

9. Change Firefox Settings

Let’s open Firefox. Firefox is the web browser installed by default in KDE Neon. What I usually do in Firefox is going to thePreferences and I enable Restore previous session.

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This way Firefox will open the same tabs I had opened when I closed. It is very useful.

Next, scroll down and enable DRM Support. You need to do this if you want to watch Netflix on Firefox.

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I also don’t like that Firefox doesn’t have a search field anymore. It used to have it in the past but now it was removed.

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So, if you right-click on the panel and go to Customize you can move it back and remove some space. So, the search bar is back again.

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It is very useful to search on Google. For example, if you type an email address in the browser bar, it will redirect you to your email client but if write on the search field, it will search for it.

Finally, when you open Firefox, you should be able to see the Get Plasma Browser Integration icon in the system tray menu.

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This suggests installing Firefox Plasma Integration. Just click on it and you will be redirected to the Firefox add-on page.

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I recommend you to install it this add-on. Firefox will be better integrated with your Plasma 5 Desktop. For example, you will be able to see Firefox notifications as native desktop notifications of Plasma 5. You can also enable Firefox smooth scrolling.

10. Install some applications

The last thing to do after installing KDE Neonis installing some application because as you know there are almost no pre-installed applications. So, I will show the applications installed on my system. You can install them with this command:

sudo apt install gimp digikam kcolorchooser ktorrent thunderbird yakuake speedcrunch kfind redshift plasma-applet-redshift-control cherrytree clementine

Obviously, you can select which of these programs to install, however, I think they cover almost all the needs of an average user. I described them in my KDE Neon review, but I will briefly mention them here too.

First, in the Graphics section I have Digikam which is probably the best program to manage photographs.

GIMP is an image manipulation program. It’s the best open-source alternative of Photoshop.

Gwenview is an image viewer installed by default.

KColorchooser is very good application because you can pick any color on the screen and get the HTML code of it.

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Firefox web Browser. It was installed by default in KDE Neon.

I also installed KTorrent to download torrents files.

Thunderbird - This is an email desktop client. The best on Linux.

Clementine is probably the best music player in Linux.

VLC was installed by default and you can use it to play music files. However, it is better to play video files.

Next, in the Office section are Libreoffice programs and Okular, the best PDF reader on Linux.

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In the Settings section, there are the Firewall, Synaptic package manager and the System Settings.

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In the System section, I have installed Yakuake which is a drop-down terminal. Just press F12 and you will see it. It is probably the best terminal application for Plasma 5 desktop.

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In the Utilities section, there is Cherrytree which is s a note-taking program. Speedcrunch is an advanced calculator.

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I have also installed KFind.It is an application to search for files on your Plasma Desktop. So, you can go and configure what exactly you want to search. It is more advanced than search in Dolphin file manager.

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And those are all the applications I’ve installed in KDE Neon.


I hope these 10 things to do after installing KDE Neon really helped you to configure this nice distribution. There are many other things you can do. For example, you can tweak the Dolphin file manager. But these were the essential things to do after install in my view.

Thanks for reading and do not forget to check my opinion on KDE Neon.


What to do after install KDE Neon? ›

  1. Things to do after installing KDE Neon. Enable tap to click. Update your system. Install media codecs. Increase fonts size. Install Apps. Active night light. Enable Floating Panel. Enable Firewall. Tiling window manager. tlp.
  2. Conclusion.
Feb 21, 2023

Is KDE Neon a good distro? ›

KDE Plasma is the ideal desktop environment to introduce new users to Linux, and KDE Neon is one of the best distributions for that purpose.

How much RAM does KDE Neon use? ›

You can attribute KDE's idle RAM usage (around 726MB) to its aesthetic-heavy features.

Is KDE Neon good for developers? ›

While KDE neon is great for casual users, contributors will find KDE neon excels. Whether you are a coder, tester, artist, or do bug triage: KDE neon is the easiest way to work on the latest KDE software.

Is KDE Neon fast? ›

KDE neon is a rapidly updated software repository. Most users will want to use the packages built from released software which make up our User Edition. KDE contributors and testers can use the packages built from KDE Git in the Testing and Unstable Editions. It uses the foundation of the latest Ubuntu LTS (22.04).

Does KDE Neon come with snaps? ›

Neon comes with both Flatpak and Snap support.

Which uses more RAM GNOME or KDE? ›

CPU/RAM Usage and User Experience

Interestingly, while GNOME's minimum system requirements are less demanding as far as CPU speed is concerned (700 Mhz, vs KDE's 1 Ghz requirement), KDE actually requires less minimum RAM (615 MB vs GNOME's 768 MB).

Is KDE faster than GNOME? ›

KDE Plasma is so efficient in this regard that it even surpasses Xfce, a popular and lightweight desktop environment. Therefore, since KDE occupies fewer resources from the system, it can be concluded that it has faster performance than GNOME.

What is the most optimal Linux distro? ›

10 Best Linux Distros You Should Use
  • Fedora.
  • Manjaro.
  • EndeavourOS.
  • Elementary OS.
  • Zorin OS.
  • Garuda Linux.
  • Solus.
  • Ubuntu.
Apr 11, 2023

Is Xfce faster than KDE? ›

Xfce is faster than KDE and GNOME. It has a low CPU usage; therefore, it offers the best performance if you intend to run numerous applications simultaneously.

Which KDE is most stable? ›

Manjaro KDE

Manjaro Linux is the stable, preferred, and most popular Arch Linux distribution, that has been designed to provide a consistent and fast system that can also be used for a professional workstation or as a server.

Is KDE Neon beginner friendly? ›

Both are good choices for a beginner-friendly Linux distribution but if you want the latest KDE Plasma desktop, KDE Neon gets the edge here. You can read more about it in our review of KDE Neon.

Did Mark Zuckerberg use KDE? ›

KDE 2 and KDE 3 were used by Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010)

Which VM is best for KDE? ›

Oracle VM VirtualBox (AKA VirtualBox) is a good option for the VM host virtualization software, as it is reliable, free, and open source.

How long is KDE neon supported? ›

KDE Neon LTS will be discontinued in July'21

For any existing Neon LTS user, this edition will be discontinued on 1st July 2021.

Which is more stable KDE neon or Kubuntu? ›

Conclusion: Which One Is Better? KDE Neon is the better choice for diehard KDE fans. For everyone else, Kubuntu is likely the more logical choice. It has a longer history as being a solid distro for tons of users, and follows Ubuntu's release schedule with LTS, interim, and preview releases.

Is KDE neon bloated? ›

KDE is not bloated, neither heavy - Here is the proof — nixFAQ.

What is the boot time for KDE neon? ›

Boot time, 9 seconds, significantly faster than Fedora, not as fast as some other distros. But still decent.

Is KDE Neon 64 bit? ›

User Edition. 64-bit

Featuring the latest officially released KDE software on a stable base. Ideal for everyday users.

Does KDE Neon collect data? ›

NEON collects data and samples using an extensive network of thousands of automated instruments and hundreds of field technicians, as well as though airborne remote sensing.

Does KDE Neon use Flatpak? ›

For example, KDE Neon (which is a distribution that does a great job of showing off what KDE Plasma can do), ships with Flatpak installed, but support isn't rolled into the Discover app store.

Is 8GB RAM enough for GNOME? ›

Yes, 8gb is enough to do dev with.

Does Linus use GNOME or KDE? ›

He switched to KDE back when Gnome 3 was fresh, but then he went back. He has said that actually he never installed "hard" distros (debian, arch).

Is 4GB RAM enough for GNOME? ›

Unless you're running a VM, you'll only be running one at a time, so it won't be effected by the other. While 4GB will work fine with linux as an every day email, web surfer and a little office work, having just upgraded from Win10 to Win11 I found out 8GB isn't enough for Win11, and added an additional 8GB.

Is KDE neon lightweight? ›

Overall, it looks like KDE is an incredibly lightweight desktop environment while being one of the most flexible as well. Some Linux distros using KDE as the default are openSUSE, Kubuntu and KDE Neon.

What is the preferred browser in KDE? ›

The default web browser in Debian's KDE environment is Konqueror. These can be changed to fit your needs.

Is Cinnamon better than GNOME? ›

Since the desktop environment is a forking of GNOME3, many GNOME-based apps are also present. The apps in Cinnamon are lighter, faster, and utilize a lot fewer resources.

Which Linux distro is the most difficult? ›

Gentoo - the most challenging Linux distribution on the market.

Which Linux is best for programming? ›

Best Linux Distro for Programming: Review
  • Ubuntu - Best For Beginners. ...
  • Manjaro - Best for Intermediate Programmers. ...
  • Arch Linux - Best For Advanced Programmers. ...
  • openSUSE - Best for System Admins. ...
  • Fedora - Best for Server Programmers. ...
  • Kali Linux - Best For Security Programmers.
Dec 29, 2022

What is the most stable OS? ›

Assuming proper performance tuning, any of them can be pretty stable, but Linux wins because you can roll your own distro fit to the particular purpose, which is why it is popular for set-top boxes and other embedded installs, where frequent crashes are not an option.

Which is lighter KDE or XFCE? ›

KDE Plasma Desktop offers a beautiful yet highly customizable desktop, whereas XFCE provides a clean, minimalistic, and lightweight desktop. KDE Plasma Desktop environment might be a better option for the users moving to Linux from Windows, and XFCE might be a better option for systems low on resources.

What is lighter than XFCE? ›

LXQt and LXDE are lighter than Xfce, but that's only one part of the story. LXDE looks more basic compared to Xfce. With enough effort, Xfce can feel like a more modern desktop environment. The primary difference between LXQt and Xfce is that LXQt uses Qt rather than GTK+.

Which is better KDE or Cinnamon? ›

Cinnamon is Mints own creation and is structured similar to Windows. Unlike the other, Cinnamon is not exactly mainstream and gets little appreciation among other distros and (particularly experienced) users. Both are bloated and heavy. KDE is the more experienced and Cinnamon is the one with the glitches.

What kernel does KDE Neon use? ›

Based on Ubuntu 16.04 base, using Plasma 5.6.

Which task manager is best for KDE? ›

ksysguard is the one you want, yes.

How much storage does KDE need? ›

D. 2. Disk Space Needed for Tasks
TaskInstalled size (MB)Space needed to install (MB)
• KDE Plasma30443955
• Xfce21222715
• LXDE21332735
• MATE22882932
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Can KDE run on 4gb RAM? ›

KDE is one of the more resource hungry desktops, not the worst. But if you have a browser open with multiple tabs and other apps open you will sometimes run out with 4gb, at 8gb you should be fine.

What is required for KDE Neon? ›

Best suited for
  • 800 MHz CPU power (1 GHz for optimal performance)
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB for optimal performance)
  • Minimum of 2 GB disk space (more if you want to install more applications)
May 3, 2023

Does KDE Neon use grub? ›

Just open your terminal in KDE Neon and update Grub and upon your next reboot you should have the option in Grub to choose one of the 2 os's you have installed.

Who owns KDE? ›

The financial and legal matters of KDE are handled by KDE e.V., a German non-profit organization. Among others, it owns the KDE trademark and the corresponding logo.

What is Mark Zuckerberg salary? ›

Zuckerberg's total compensation increased from $26.82 million in 2021 to $27.11 million in 2022 as a result of a rise in "all other compensation."

What did KDE originally stand for? ›

It originally stood for Kool Desktop Environment.

Is KDE slower than GNOME? ›

For example, KDE is very fast at rendering animations while GNOME have many lags with even the simple animations. Gnome is faster to load, but if that load time will go up considerably with some extensions. Also, GNOME tends to use more memory due to most of it's out-of-the-box features.

Which Linux VM is best for Python? ›

We recommend VirtualBox for providing the VM, and Vagrant for deploying a pre-configured system. VirtualBox and Vagrant allow us to quickly build a virtual machine with everything we'll need.

Which is more stable GNOME or KDE? ›

Is GNOME more stable than KDE? Both the desktop environments have been built by a skilled team of developers, with regular fixes and improvements. GNOME has had multiple radical changes so far. So, in that way, KDE can be considered a more consistent and stable experience.

Will there be a KDE 6? ›

With KDE Plasma 6, the Wayland session will be the preferred default option. The X11 session will not be going away. So, distributions can still override the default and have X11 remain the default. The developers are ironing out certain issues and several NVIDIA-specific problems.

Is KDE neon good for laptop? ›

KDE Neon is based on Ubuntu and this is one of its major advantages. Ubuntu is probably the most popular Linux distro. It has good if not the best hardware compatibility. So, KDE Neon works fine on most hardware.

What is the most downloaded KDE theme? ›

1. Sweet. Sweet is one of the most popular KDE themes out there. This theme, only available in dark mode, gives an aesthetic look to your system.

How to set up KDE Neon? ›

Navigate to the Advanced Startup Settings menu. Choose "Use a device," followed by whatever medium you wrote neon to. You should be greeted with the Plasma desktop of KDE neon after a couple of loading screens. Click "Install neon User" and wait for the installer to appear.

What to do after installing Arch KDE? ›

10 Things to Do After Installing Arch Linux (2023)
  1. Configure pacman.
  2. Make bash colorful.
  3. Automatic cleaning the package cache.
  4. Install AUR helper.
  5. Create user directory folders.
  6. Install essential programs.
  7. Install Microcode.
  8. Disable GRUB delay.
Feb 3, 2023

How long is KDE Neon supported? ›

KDE Neon LTS will be discontinued in July'21

For any existing Neon LTS user, this edition will be discontinued on 1st July 2021.

Which is better KDE Neon or Kubuntu? ›

Conclusion: Which One Is Better? KDE Neon is the better choice for diehard KDE fans. For everyone else, Kubuntu is likely the more logical choice. It has a longer history as being a solid distro for tons of users, and follows Ubuntu's release schedule with LTS, interim, and preview releases.

Does KDE Neon use plasma? ›

Based on Ubuntu 16.04 base, using Plasma 5.6. This was the first version of KDE neon considered a general release.

Is Arch good for beginners? ›

Difficulty level: Arch Linux forgoes graphical tools and is therefore not easy to master, especially for beginners. The distribution is aimed more at experienced developers. Installation: The same applies to the installation. This is command line-based and therefore requires some prior knowledge.

What does Sudo Pacman do? ›

Pacman keeps the system up-to-date by synchronizing package lists with the master server. This server/client model also allows the user to download/install packages with a simple command, complete with all required dependencies.

Is Arch Linux good for low end PC? ›

Absolutely. It would run perfectly fine. I've installed Arch Linux on much older computers & till date it is running fine. 2.1GHz Processor & 4GB is enough for it to run smoothly.

Is KDE lighter than XFCE? ›

KDE Plasma and Xfce are two popular desktop environment options for lightweight Linux distributions. While Xfce is still favored more for some of the best lightweight Linux distributions, KDE Plasma is not a resource-heavy desktop either.

How much RAM does XFCE use? ›

As we can see Endeavour XFCE is using 1.5GiB of the 7.7GiB available RAM which I am quite happy with. My system is the basic Endeavour offline download with GIMP added so it can still be termed minimal using about 450MiB at idle after a fresh boot.

Is KDE Neon good for laptop? ›

KDE Neon is based on Ubuntu and this is one of its major advantages. Ubuntu is probably the most popular Linux distro. It has good if not the best hardware compatibility. So, KDE Neon works fine on most hardware.


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