Netrunner (operating system)

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Netrunner 13.12 Enigma II
Developer Blue Systems
OS family Unix-like
Working state Active
Source model Free and open source software
Latest release Netrunner 14 Frontier [1] / June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)
Available in Multilingual (more than 55)
Package manager dpkg (Debian GNU/Linux Package Manager), pacman (The Arch Linux Package Manager, used by the rolling release edition)
Platforms x86, AMD64
Official website
Dock preview of Linux Netrunner 13.12

Netrunner is a free operating system for Intel and AMD based desktop computers, laptops and netbooks. It comes in two versions: Standard is Kubuntu-based Linux and released in sync with Kubuntu's release schedule, while Rolling is Manjaro based (and therefore an Arch-Derivate) and released as so called rolling release snapshots. Both versions feature a highly customised KDE desktop with extra applications, multimedia codecs, Flash and Java plugins, and the same look and feel. The modifications are designed to enhance the user-friendliness of the desktop environment while still preserving the freedom to tweak.


Blue Systems, the company that currently also sponsors Kubuntu, offers Netrunner as a desktop system for everyday use based on Plasma Desktop by KDE. It targets new users as well as users experienced with Linux. Plasma Desktop allows for easy customization of the desktop to ones personal liking. Netrunner is further meant for users that want an operating system that works "out-of-the-box", significantly reducing the time to add codecs and essential enhancements manually after installation.

Since version 4.2, Netrunner has added KDE programs and configuration tools for better integration of web services like Google, Facebook, and ownCloud, which enables users to view, edit and store their data like documents, calendars or other files from within the KDE environment or chat with their Google or Facebook friends directly using Telepathy.

Netrunner Standard and Rolling are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Default software[edit]

Among the default software selection of Netrunner are many applications:


Netrunner comes with the following features:

Release history[edit]

The following is the release history for Netrunner:

  • Netrunner 2014.09.1 (current Rolling Release, based on Manjaro KDE 0.8.10, released: 2014-09-25)[2]
  • Netrunner 14 Frontier (current Standard Release, based on Kubuntu 14.04 "trusty", released: 2014-06-22)
  • Netrunner 2014.04 (Rolling Release, based on Manjaro KDE 0.8.9, released: 2014-04-04)
  • Netrunner 13.12 Enigma II (based on Kubuntu 13.10 "saucy", released: 2014-01-13)
  • Netrunner 13.06 Enigma (based on Kubuntu 13.04 "raring", released: 2013-07-05)
  • Netrunner 12.12 Dryland – Third Edition (based on Kubuntu 12.10 "quantal", released: 2012-12-22)
  • Netrunner 4.2 Dryland – Second Edition (based on Kubuntu 12.04 LTS "precise", released: 2012-06-20)
  • Netrunner 4.0 Dryland (based on Kubuntu 11.10 "oneiric", released: 2011-12-29)
  • Netrunner 3 Chromatic (based on Kubuntu 11.04 "natty", released: 2011-04-14)
  • Netrunner 2 Blacklight (based on Kubuntu 10.04 "lucid", released: 2010-07-15)
  • Netrunner 1 Albedo (based on Linux Mint, released: 2010-03-18)


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