Netrunner 2014.09

A free Linux distribution based on Kubuntu and using the KDE SC desktop environment
Netrunner is an open source and freely distributed operating system based on the KDE flavor of the world's most popular free distribution of Linux, Kubuntu. It has been greatly enhanced with many tweaks to the desktop environment, as well as out-of-the-box support for multimedia codecs and browser plugins.

Distributed as Live DVDs for 32-bit and 64-bit architectures

The distribution is available for download as two Live DVD ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware platforms, 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386), which must be burned onto DVD discs or written on USB flash drives of 2GB or higher capacity in order to boot them from the BIOS of a PC.

The Live DVDs are being designed for user-friendliness, as they will start the live environment in ten seconds from the moment the user boots them. To access the boot loader, which allows the user to start the live session in compatibility mode, perform a memory test, boot from the local drive and check the integrity of the DVD, press any key during that timeout.

Kubuntu on steroids

At a first glance one would say that Netrunner uses a themed Windows 7 desktop, but the truth is that it's just a highly customized KDE environment, which uses a dark grey theme, a custom main menu and some of the best open source applications.

Among some of the preinstalled apps, we can mention the Mozilla Firefox web browser, GIMP image editor, Krita digital painting software, Clementine audio player, VLC Media Player, Kdenlive video editor, LibreOffice office suite, FileZilla file transfer client, Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Qtransmission torrent downloader, Skype VoIP client, and Mozilla Thunderbird email & news client.

Bottom line

Summing up, Netrunner is a really cool distribution of Linux that provides users with a familiar graphical desktop interface, powerful applications, as well as plenty of customizations and useful utilities. We strongly recommend to use it if you like Ubuntu and KDE.

Reviewed by Marius Nestor on May 23rd, 2014


last updated on:
September 20th, 2014, 7:23 GMT
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Blue Systems
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
category:
ROOT \ Linux Distributions

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What's New in This Release:
  • KDE4.14 Baloo replacing Nepomuk Switch to Single-Click default added Marble, Cheese Veromix default New wallpapers and main cursor theme and software updates: KDE 4.14.0 Kernel 3.14.18 Skype 4.3 Thunderbird 31.1.1 VLC 2.1.5 Libre Office 4.2.6 and many moreā€¦
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Netrunner is a Linux distribution that comes with a variety of programs pre-installed: a web browser, an office suite,...

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