Netrunner (operating system)

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Netrunner Logo.png
Netrunner 2015.11 Main Desktop with "About" Page
Developer Blue Systems
OS family Unix-like
Working state Active
Source model Open source
Latest release Netrunner Rolling 2016.01 / February 27, 2016; 7 months ago (2016-02-27)[1]
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
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
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: Maui, The Standard release is based on KDE Neon[2] (and therefore on the Ubuntu LTS release—previous releases were Kubuntu-based Linux), 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,[3] 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,[4] 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 only available in 64-bit versions. (A 32-bit version of Netrunner 14.2 LTS (Frontier) is still available for download.)

Default software[edit]

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


Netrunner comes with the following features:

Release history[edit]

The following is the release history for Netrunner Rolling Edition:

Version release date based on
Netrunner Rolling 2016.01[5] 2016-02-27
Netrunner Rolling 2015.11[6] 2015-11-13 Manjaro KDE 15.09 UP6
Netrunner Rolling 2015.09[7] 2015-10-03 Manjaro KDE 15.09
Netrunner Rolling 2014.09.1[8] 2014-09-25 Manjaro KDE 0.8.10
Netrunner Rolling 2014.04 2014-04-04 Manjaro KDE 0.8.9

The following is the release history for Netrunner Main Edition:

Version release date based on
Maui 1, Aurora[9] 2016-08-14 KDE neon (Xenial LTS)
Netrunner 17 Horizon[10] 2015-11-23 Kubuntu "wily"
Netrunner 16 Ozymandias[11] 2015-05-16 Kubuntu "vivid"
Netrunner 15 Prometheus[12] 2015-02-15 Kubuntu "utopic"
Netrunner 14.2 Frontier[13] 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"


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