Sunday, April 7, 2024

Nitrux 3.4 Released, Libre Distro Now Utilizes KDE Software from Debian

Nitrux developer Uri Herrera announced today the release and general availability of Nitrux 3.4 as the latest stable version of the Debian-based, libre system distro, built around KDE software.

The monthly release cycle of Nitrux continues, and Nitrux 3.4 arrives as another shipping release with the KDE Plasma 5.27.10 LTS desktop environment series, which will remain as the default graphical environment for Nitrux throughout 2024 until developers transition it to the Maui Shell.

This means that Nitrux will not be upgrading to the latest KDE Plasma 6 desktop environment. Furthermore, starting with this release, Nitrux now utilizes KDE Plasma, KDE Gear, and KDE Frameworks packages from Debian, rather than KDE neon, which has shifted to the latest KDE Plasma, Frameworks, and Qt releases.

"Meaning, yes, by the end of 2024, we will begin using Maui Shell, by default, as our main (and only) desktop environment, bidding farewell to ten years of KDE Plasma usage," said Uri Herrera in his blog post. "However, this doesn't mean that we won't continue to use KDE technology; we will."

Why isn't Nitrux using KDE Plasma 6? Because its custom Plasma desktop, NX Desktop, relies on too many widgets and plasmoids that haven't been ported to Plasma 6 yet. This will provide developers at Nitrux with time to focus more on Maui Shell and their Maui Apps, which are being ported to the latest Qt 6 application framework as well.

Nitrux 3.4 release also comes with Linux kernel 6.7.11, Mozilla Firefox 124 web browser, updated Nitrux System Update Tool utility which will now display warnings when detecting NVIDIA hardware, and an updated NX Desktop configuration utility which now allows you to enable/disable double-click to open folders in Maui Apps.

Additionally, the new Nitrux release features updated special page add-ons for the Plasma System Monitor app to display CPU temperature and frequency, as well as four new packages, namely the safem wrapper to intercept rm command executions, the GeoClue D-Bus geoinformation service, the Powercap tool to access Linux kernel powercap features, and the Ethtool utility to control network driver and hardware.

Of course, various bugs have been addressed, and drivers have been updated for better hardware support. Nitrux 3.4 is available for download for new installations now from its official website or by clicking the direct download link below.

Download Nitrux 3.4.0



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