Netrunner (operating system)

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Netrunner Logo.png
Netrunner 17.01 Desktop Screenshot
Developer Blue Systems
OS family GNU/Linux
Working state Active
Source model Open source
Latest release Netrunner Desktop 18.03 / 11 March 2018; 3 months ago (2018-03-11)[1]
Available in Multilingual (more than 55)
Package manager dpkg (Debian GNU/Linux Package Manager)
Platforms x86, amd64, armhf
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website
Dock preview of Linux Netrunner 13.12

Netrunner is a free operating system for desktop computers, laptops or netbooks and arm-based device-types like the Odroid C1 microcomputer[2] or the Pinebook. It is available in two versions: Netrunner, which is based on Debian Testing and Netrunner Rolling, which is based on Manjaro/Arch[3]. Both versions feature KDE Plasma plus additional applications, multimedia codecs and some firefox browser plugins.

The former Kubuntu based version of Netrunner has been superseded by Maui Linux,[4] which is now based on KDE Neon.[5][6][7]


Blue Systems, the company that sponsored Kubuntu,[8] 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", reducing the time to add codecs and essential enhancements manually after installation.

Netrunner Desktop is only available as 64-bit version, while Netrunner Core is available as 64-bit and also Pinebook and Odroid C1 ARM images.[9]

Default software[edit]

Among the default software selection of Netrunner Desktop are many applications such as:


Netrunner comes with the following features:[10]

Release history[edit]

The following is the release history for Netrunner Core and Desktop:

Version release date based on
Netrunner Desktop 18.03[11] 2018-03-11 Debian Testing Snapshot; Plasma 5.12.2
Netrunner Desktop 17.10[12] 2017-11-12 Debian Testing Snapshot (20170923)
Netrunner Core 17.01[13] 2017-01-01 Debian Testing Snapshot (20161211); Plasma 5.8.2
Netrunner Desktop 17.01[14] 2017-01-01 Debian Testing Snapshot (20161211)
Netrunner Desktop 16.09[15] 2016-11-05 Debian Jessie 8
Netrunner Core 16.09[16] 2016-10-23 Debian Jessie 8

The following is the release history for previously Kubuntu based Netrunner versions (now continued as Maui Linux):[17]

Version release date based on
Maui 1, Aurora[18] 2016-08-14 KDE neon (Xenial LTS)
Netrunner 17 Horizon[19] 2015-11-23 Kubuntu "wily"
Netrunner 16 Ozymandias[20] 2015-05-16 Kubuntu "vivid"
Netrunner 15 Prometheus[21] 2015-02-15 Kubuntu "utopic"
Netrunner 14.2 Frontier[22] 2015-09-16 Kubuntu "trusty"(LTS)
Netrunner 14.1 Frontier 2015-01-24 Kubuntu "trusty"(LTS)
Netrunner 14 Frontier 2014-06-22 Kubuntu "trusty"(LTS)
Netrunner 13.12 Enigma II 2014-01-13 Kubuntu "saucy"
Netrunner 13.06 Enigma 2013-07-05 Kubuntu "raring"
Netrunner 12.12 Dryland - Third Edition 2012-12-22 Kubuntu "quantal"
Netrunner 4.2 Dryland-2 2012-06-20 Kubuntu "precise"
Netrunner 4.0 Dryland 2011-12-29 Kubuntu "oneiric"
Netrunner 3 Chromatic 2011-04-14 Kubuntu "natty"
Netrunner 2 Blacklight 2010-07-15 Kubuntu "lucid"
Netrunner 1 Albedo 2010-03-18 Linux Mint "karmic"

The following is the release history for the Netrunner Rolling Edition:

Version release date based on
Netrunner Rolling 2018.01[23] 2018-01-26 Manjaro/Arch Plasma 5.11.5
Netrunner Rolling 2017.07[24] 2017-07-18 4.11.8 Kernel KDE 5.10.3
Netrunner Rolling 2016.01[25] 2016-02-27
Netrunner Rolling 2015.11[26] 2015-11-13 Manjaro KDE 15.09 UP6
Netrunner Rolling 2015.09[27] 2015-10-03 Manjaro KDE 15.09
Netrunner Rolling 2014.09.1[28] 2014-09-25 Manjaro KDE 0.8.10
Netrunner Rolling 2014.04 2014-04-04 Manjaro KDE 0.8.9


Dedoimedo reviewed Netrunner 4.2 "Dryland" with following words:[29]

From the purely technical perspective, you get crashes in the live session, crashes during the installation, a package manager with unsigned repositories that ends up crippling some of the apps, programs branded with personal choices unsuitable for mass use, slow network performance, missing help files, incomplete Touchpad functionality, no desktop effects, missing icons, WebAccounts is broken, and there's still more to point out and complain about.

Jesse Smith from DistroWatch Weekly wrote review of Netrunner 4.2:[30]

While trying Netrunner it crossed my mind that this distribution is, in a way, the opposite of the Peppermint project. Both projects have a focus on cloud services, but where Peppermint is small, fast and minimal, Netrunner comes fully loaded with a big desktop, lots of local software and extras. I would guess the Netrunner developers want people to be able to experience the best of both worlds, local and cloud. At any rate, Netrunner is an interesting distro, it is trying something different and, while it didn't quite fit my style, I think what they are doing they are doing well.

LinuxInsider wrote a post.[31] It's review of Netrunner 13:

One of the best features is Netrunner's clever integration with Web applications. I was impressed with the fluidity and ease of access to those apps.

Hectic Geek also reviewed Netrunner 14.[32]


  1. ^ "Netrunner Release Schedules". Netrunner. Blue Systems GmbH. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2018-05-18. 
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  6. ^ Maui Linux 2.1 Blue Tang - Aloha!, Dedoimedo
  7. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 708, 17 April 2017
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  10. ^ Download Netrunner Rolling / Desktop 2018.01 / 18.03, Softpedia Linux
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  29. ^ Netrunner 4.2 Dryland review - Ugh, Dedoimedo
  30. ^ DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 465, 16 July 2012
  31. ^ Netrunner Sprints Ahead of the Linux Distro Pack | Reviews | LinuxInsider
  32. ^ Netrunner 14 Frontier Review - Buggy Installer, But Delivers a Good KDE Experience, Hectic Geek

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