Nitrux 1.3.3 Released with KDE Plasma 5.19.5 Desktop, Smaller ISO Image

Nitrux 1.3.3

Uri Herrera announced the release of Nitrux 1.3.3, a monthly update of this Ubuntu-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux distribution built around the KDE Plasma desktop environment.

Nitrux 1.3.3 comes exactly one month after Nitrux 1.3.2, which dropped systemd in favor of the OpenRC init system. This release brings the usual updates, starting with the latest KDE Plasma 5.19.5 desktop environment and continuing with the KDE Frameworks 5.74 and KDE Applications 20.08.1 software suites, built against Qt 5.15.

Among other updated components included in the Nitrux 1.3.3 update, there’s the Mozilla Firefox 81 web browser, LibreOffice 7.0.1 office suite, Inkscape 1.0.1 vector graphics editor, GIMP 2.10.20 image editor, Kdenlive 20.08.1 video editor, LMMS 1.2.2 digital audio workstation, and appimage-manager 0.1.2.

Besides the usual updates, the Nitrux development team reduced the size of the ISO file by a whopping 1GB, from 3.1GB to 2.1GB, which will help those with limited Internet bandwidth download the image faster, and removed the Nvidia proprietary video driver from the ISO image due to an issue with Optimus laptops.

If you want to use the Nvidia proprietary video driver, you’ll have to run the sudo apt install -yy nvidia-driver-450 nvidia-settings nvidia-prime and sudo apt install -yy --reinstall nx-desktop-settings-legacy commands in a terminal emulator after the installation.

“The first command will install the driver, the driver settings program, and the PRIME command, the second will add our configuration of the Nvidia driver for X11,” explains developer Uri Herrera in the release notes.

Also removed from this release is the w3m command-line web browser, which was replaced with links2. Moreover, the devs updated the appearance of Plasma’s OSD, and addressed an issue with AppImage apps to automatically integrate into the applications menu when they’re downloaded to a managed directory.

If you’re using Nitrux 1.3.2 or previous release, you don’t have to download the new ISO image. Just make sure you have all updates installed by running the sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade command. For new installations, Nitrux 1.3.3 is available for download right now from the official website.

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