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Project Neon

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you - the Neon!

Neon is our shiny new nightly builds service for Amarok. Neon makes it easy to follow development of Amarok by regularly providing packages for you to install.
It is set up to be usable alongside your stable version. Even though we try to keep your data secure, you should be aware that Neon is providing mostly unreleased and untested software, which might as well eat your system. Neon is intended to be used by everyone who wants to help us find bugs, keep track of development, join development or just wants to live on the bleeding edge. It is not intended to be used instead of a stable and full featured Amarok.

We started this service with packages for Amarok 2 for Kubuntu but packages for openSUSE will follow soon and we hope more distributions will join.

To install it on Kubuntu Hardy add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
deb hardy main
check for updates, install amarok-nightly and enjoy.

Please be aware that Amarok 2 is still in heavy development and therefore it is very likely that you will encounter bugs, things that are not finished and features that will change before we release Amarok 2.0. We welcome everyone to send patches and help us get Amarok 2 ready soon.

If you want to stay up to date on all things Neon please subscribe to the dedicated mailinglist. Availability of packages for other distributions will be announced there and on the Project Neon wiki page.

When reporting bugs please consider that for now we only accept bug reports for bugs that are not obvious and are easy to reproduce or have a useful backtrace. Of course we like bugs with attached patches the most ;-)


What is an "obvious bug"?

I think the missing plasmoids are obvious, but what about the colourscheme? Light grey background und light blue fonts (pulldown menus, buttons).... I cannot read the words. Is this an obvious bug?

Btw.: Amarok 2: way better than Amarok 1.4.x. I like it. :-) Great work.

Please send a screenshot of

Please send a screenshot of the colors to

Is all the menu text being a

Is all the menu text being a light blue one of the obvious bugs?

openSUSE Build Service

If you handled this in the openSUSE build (see and
#opensuse-buildservice on freenode) service you could quite easily build it for _all_ popular distributions (Fedora, Debian, openSUSE, Ubuntu, Mandriva) and distribution versions there -- and all with purely free software.

Dragging artists/albums

I've noticed that when I drag albums and artists from my collection over to the playlist pane, that even when I release the artist/album, it still stays "grabbed" by my mouse pointer. The songs get added to the playlist, but the thing I am dragging never goes away. Amarok doesn't do this with dragging/dropping single songs.


Did I remember hearing at some point in the distant past that Amarok2 would have a Windows version? Is it much to early to be asking about this? (not a developer.)

I am desperately looking for

I am desperately looking for linux alternatives for foobar2000, Amarok2 is not an option because it's way too heavy, there are so many useless features (for me). Programs like Rhythmbox/Banshee have the same problem. Any suggestions?

Try Listen,


wow a heavy download (i think around 250mb) xDDD

i'm trying it on debian testing but still some kind of unusable XDDD (still alpha)

to install it i had to download libopenexr2ldbl from ubuntu repo

and then install like normal way with aptitude

give it a try

works fine under kubuntu 8.04 (x86_64, kde 4.0.4)

first of all it works.
Thank You.

Testing 2 hours with ca. 60 gb of mp3 data.
No Crash.

Only the entries doesn't work. is saying now playing, but the data is not transferred.

Missing the mysql backend.

Problem in Hardy

When I try to install amarok-nightly I get this error message:

Unpacking amarok-nightly (from .../amarok-nightly_20080519+svn809842-0amarok1_i386.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/amarok-nightly_20080519+svn809842-0amarok1_i386.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite `/usr/share/applications/amarok-nightly.desktop', which is also in package amarok-nightly-tools
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Anything I can do?

Please be patient. We are

Please be patient. We are aware of the problem and are working on a fix.

Ubuntu Repo works with Debian Testing (Lenny)

Just wanted to add, that one can, after some recent updates in Debian Testing (Lenny), add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb hardy main
deb hardy main universe

and install amarok-nightly. However some packages in the Debian repo can currently not be downloaded via apt (size does not match). I fixed this by downloading this packages manually and installing them with dpkg -i

Amarok 2: Looks really good, very promising, but is definitely alpha-software (and will be alpha for some i think)

Amarok 2 alpha with Svn for

Amarok 2 alpha with Svn for Debian Sid/Experimental with kde 4.1 rc1

Thank you very, very much.

Thank you very, very much.