Netrunner (operating system)

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Netrunner
Netrunner Logo.png
Netrunner-screenshot-1701.png
Netrunner 17.01 Desktop Screenshot
DeveloperBlue Systems
OS familyLinux
Working stateActive
Source modelOpen source
Initial release18 March 2010; 9 years ago (2010-03-18) (Netrunner 1 Albedo)
Latest releaseNetrunner 19.08 / 20 August 2019; 2 months ago (2019-08-20)[1][2]
Available inMultilingual (more than 55)
Package managerdpkg (Debian GNU/Linux Package Manager)
Platformsx86, amd64, armhf
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websitewww.netrunner.com
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[3] or the Pinebook.

It comes in two versions: Netrunner and Netrunner Core, which are both based on Debian Stable.

The Core versions features KDE Plasma plus a minimal selection of applications, multimedia codecs and some Firefox browser plugins.


Overview[edit]

Blue Systems, the company that sponsored Kubuntu,[4] 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. Netrunner is aimed at users who want an operating system to work "out-of-the-box", reducing the time to add codecs and enhancements manually after installation.

Netrunner Desktop is only available as 64-bit version, while Netrunner Core also features Pinebook and Odroid C1 ARM images.[5]

Default software[edit]

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

Features[edit]

Netrunner comes with the following features:[6]

Release history[edit]

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

Version release date based on
Netrunner Desktop 19.08[7] 2019-08-20 Debian Stable (buster); Plasma 5.14.5
Netrunner Desktop 19.01[8] 2019-01-12 Debian Testing Snapshot; Plasma 5.14.3
Netrunner Desktop 18.03[8] 2018-03-11 Debian Testing Snapshot; Plasma 5.12.2
Netrunner Desktop 17.10 Voyager[9] 2017-11-12 Debian Testing Snapshot (20170923)
Netrunner Desktop 17.06 Daedalus[10] 2017-07-01 Debian Testing
Netrunner Desktop 17.03 Cyclotron[11] 2017-03-31 Debian Testing
Netrunner Core 17.01[12] 2017-01-01 Debian Testing Snapshot (20161211); Plasma 5.8.2
Netrunner Desktop 17.01[13] 2017-01-01 Debian Testing Snapshot (20161211)
Netrunner Desktop 16.09[14] 2016-11-05 Debian Jessie 8
Netrunner Core 16.09[15] 2016-10-23 Debian Jessie 8

The following is the release history for previously Kubuntu based Netrunner versions (superseeded by Maui Linux):[16]

Version release date based on
Netrunner 17 Horizon[17] 2015-11-23 Kubuntu "wily"
Netrunner 16 Ozymandias[18] 2015-05-16 Kubuntu "vivid"
Netrunner 15 Prometheus[19] 2015-02-15 Kubuntu "utopic"
Netrunner 14.2 Frontier[20] 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, which has been discontinued[21]:

Version release date based on
Netrunner Rolling 2019.04[22] 20-04-2019 Linux Kernel 4.19.32 LTS; Manjaro/Arch, KDE Plasma 5.15.5
Netrunner Rolling 2018.08 2018-08-05 Linux kernel 4.17, KDE Plasma 5.13.3
Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 2018-01-26 Manjaro/Arch, KDE Plasma 5.11.5
Netrunner Rolling 2017.07[23] 2017-07-18 4.11.8 Kernel, KDE Plasma 5.10.3
Netrunner Rolling 2016.01[24] 2016-02-27 KDE Plasma 5.5.4
Netrunner Rolling 2015.11[25][26] 2015-11-13 Manjaro KDE 15.09 Update 6
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

Reception[edit]

Jack M Germain reviewed Netrunner 19.01.[29]


Hectic Geek reviewed Netrunner 14.[30]


LinuxInsider wrote a post.[31] Its 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.

Jesse Smith from DistroWatch Weekly wrote review of Netrunner 4.2:[32]

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.

Dedoimedo reviewed Netrunner 4.2 "Dryland" with following words:[33]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Team, Netrunner (20 August 2019). "Netrunner 19.08 Indigo released".
  2. ^ "Netrunner Release Schedules". Netrunner. Blue Systems GmbH. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  3. ^ Nestor, Marius. "Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8, KDE Plasma 5.7.5". softpedia.
  4. ^ "Kubuntu 12.10 gains Blue Systems as sponsor, Canonical waves farewell". Engadget.
  5. ^ "Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon"". 23 October 2016.
  6. ^ Download Netrunner Rolling / Desktop 2018.01 / 18.03, Softpedia Linux
  7. ^ https://www.netrunner.com/netrunner-19-08-indigo-released/
  8. ^ a b "Release Schedules". 5 April 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.netrunner.com/netrunner-17-10-released/
  10. ^ http://www.netrunner.com/netrunner-17-06-released/
  11. ^ http://www.netrunner.com/netrunner-desktop-17-03-released/
  12. ^ "Download". 13 January 2014.
  13. ^ Team, Netrunner (1 January 2017). "Netrunner Desktop 17.01 released".
  14. ^ Team, Netrunner (4 November 2016). "Netrunner Desktop 16.09 released".
  15. ^ "Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon"". 23 October 2016.
  16. ^ http://www.amuilinux.org
  17. ^ Team, Netrunner (23 November 2015). "Netrunner 17 released".
  18. ^ "Netrunner 16 - Ozymandias released". 16 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Netrunner 15 - Prometheus (64bit)". 15 February 2015.
  20. ^ "Netrunner 14.2 LTS - Update Release". 1 September 2015.
  21. ^ https://www.netrunner.com/rolling-vs-supporting-manjaro/
  22. ^ https://www.netrunner.com/netrunner-rolling-2019-04-released/
  23. ^ Team, Netrunner (18 July 2017). "Netrunner Rolling 2017.07 released".
  24. ^ Team, Netrunner (27 February 2016). "Netrunner Rolling 2016.01 released".
  25. ^ anachronox (13 November 2015). "Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 released".
  26. ^ Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 - Downhill, Dedoimedo
  27. ^ "Netrunner Rolling 2015.09 - 32 & 64bit released". 3 October 2015.
  28. ^ llectronics (25 September 2014). "Netrunner Rolling 2014.09.1".
  29. ^ [https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/85804.html Netrunner's Unique Blackbird Soars to New Heights], LinuxInsider
  30. ^ Netrunner 14 Frontier Review - Buggy Installer, But Delivers a Good KDE Experience, Hectic Geek
  31. ^ "Netrunner Sprints Ahead of the Linux Distro Pack - Reviews - LinuxInsider". www.linuxinsider.com.
  32. ^ "DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD". distrowatch.com.
  33. ^ Netrunner 4.2 Dryland review - Ugh, Dedoimedo

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