Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon”

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After a one year period of extended testing, the Netrunner team is proud to release Netrunner 16.09 Core (“Avalon”).

What is Netrunner CORE?

Core is a reduced basic version of the full Desktop version, and therefore provides only a few essential applications on top of Plasma Desktop.
Netrunner Core, like Netrunner Desktop, is based on Debian Jessie/Stable, but with the latest Qt, Plasma, KDE Framework and KDE Applications.

Here is an overview of the CORE features:

  • Based on Debian Jessie/Stable
  • Ships KDE versions of: Plasma 5.7.5 / Frameworks 5.27 / KDE Applications 16.04 / Qt 5.7.0
  • NoVNC pre-installed (simply open a browser and go to “live-pc:5900”, username:live/pwd:live to access Netrunner Core from your browser)
  • Plasma Services KCM: Easy to activate/deactivate Core Plasma Services, like Kwallet, Akonadi or Baloo
  • Simple Menu: A new menu that resembles ChromeOS for fast browsing the available applications
  • A reduced selection of pre-installed CORE apps, including but not limited to Dolphin, Firefox, Gwenview, Synaptic, Update Manager

CORE as 64bit ISO & ARMv7 IMG for Odroid C1

Besides the 64bit ISO version, we also provide Netrunner CORE as an ARMv7 image for the Odroid C1/C1+ Microcomputer.

It is streamlined down to approx. 350MB memory useage and showcases that KDE Plasma is a great and responsive DE on any low-spec (arm or x86) computing device.

The ISO and IMG are available immediately in our Download section.

  • Syvolc

    Nice !
    For those who want to see the new menu:

  • Ariel

    Great. I’ve seen the new menu and I like it. Netrunner is providing, as always, the best KDE interface. And maybe using Debian is the best solution for a rolling release, better than in the case of an Arch base.
    Nevertheless, it seems that the PPA support (which I believe is essential) was not implemented just right. I hope the complete edition will also have full PPA support.

  • Ingolf Schaefer

    Unfortunately, there is no 32bit version. Will there be one in the future? This seem a very sensible distro for older netbooks, but many of them are 32bit only.

    • Starbuck2001

      Yes, we are thinking about re-introducing 32bit for this, but since we now manage the whole toolchain for our own packages it’s not a trivial task. Eventually with the next update to Plasma 5.8.x LTS, we can look into itthis

  • Reinaldo Fernandez

    Finally based on Debian……..thank you

  • granatus

    The lighter and faster Plasma I have ever seen. Only it needs a better integration of Libreoffice in Plasma (now Libreoffice has an ugly win2000-like appearance).

  • AquiloneSchritttempo

    how could it be based on debian stable and at the same time provide KDE Plasma 5? I do not get it..

    • Starbuck2001

      Like Neon does on Ubuntu, we provide KDE software on Debian by compiling them ourselves and integrating those via our own repositories.

      • Ariel

        But what about the PPA support? It will be or not fully integrated? Because without it a lot a possibilities will be lost.

        • Starbuck2001

          If you need PPA support on Ubuntu, choose Maui Linux (which is the successor to Netrunner Ubuntu). If you know of any way to add ppa support to Debian stable which works, please let us know and we built it into next version.

          • Ariel

            I was looking for some solution, but it seems it’s not as easy as I thought. The mirage of a Netrunner – Debian based rolling release with all the stuff included made me dream :). I think I’ll stick to Maui, though.

  • Patrick Muñoz

    has drivers manager like ubuntu?

    • Leszek

      Debian does not provide a driver manager infrastructure and so there is none in Netrunner Core

  • ice

    interesante la distro basada en Debian! a chequear que onda! 😀

  • boris polozov

    hey, how to login onto the live session? I’ve tried “netrunner” login and blank password, but no chance

    • Starbuck2001

      user: live, pwd: live
      Will add this to the blogpost…

      • boris polozov

        thank you

  • Matthias Schuster Scharmer

    How is it planed to update this?

    I guess you stay on Debian 8 for core packages and update the KDE stuff?

    • Starbuck2001

      Yes, one simply can enable our backports repos and will get all updates, like e.g. Plasma 5.8.2. More on this with the Desktop version release.

      • Juan Milan

        how can enable the backports repos?

        • Starbuck2001

          We are preparing them with latest packages and publicize them with Desktop release.

      • Matthias Schuster Scharmer

        And when i prefer to stay on the default repos? Is this secure?

        • Starbuck2001

          Sure, you can only enable the official updates channel from debian as well. Our own repos will have security fixes or you can enable netrunner-backports for updated kde packages.

          • Matthias Schuster Scharmer

            How can the Debian channel provide security only updates, when there is no stable release of Plasma 5 yet?

            I suggest to clear this situation, the release strategy is often unclear, which is especially tragic for new distributions.

  • TJ Mahoney

    It says, “A reduced selection of pre-installed CORE apps”. Can one add more to bring it up to what the upcoming Desktop version will have?

  • TJ Mahoney

    Looks very nice, but I couldn’t install it. The installer did not recognize current drive. Maybe it’s not intended to be installed?

    • Starbuck2001

      Yes, it normally should 🙂
      Do you have an sdd or magnetic drive? Can you start the installer by entering “sudo calamares -d” in a terminal and post any output, preferably in the forums.

      • TJ Mahoney

        So, I can see that it is installed on the HDD, but there is no bootloader, so it won’t boot from the HDD.

      • TJ Mahoney

        I posted the calamares output in the forums under NETRUNNER CORE

        • Starbuck2001

          Thanks, we will have a look at the logs!

          • TJ Mahoney

            Sheet! I just noticed this: Please turn Secure Boot OFF in your BIOS and select non-UEFI boot option from invoking boot menu (usually with usually pressing F12-key during boot).I’ve been booting in UEFI mode.

          • TJ Mahoney

            I’m so use to doing UEFI installs that I didn’t see that at first. I’m running CORE from the HDD right now. Calamares doesn’t see the current drive though unless I delete the partitions on it with Partition Manager. Not a problem for me really. I need to find a sweet spot for Display settings, still playing with it. Core is awesome so far.

  • Liviu Dascălu

    After a few days of using it, I can say Netrunner Core is a great KDE distribution. But I have a few small problems – I cannot install Calibre and Wine is not working. Is it a temporary problem or maybe “streamlined” means that some apps won’t be installable? Also, after install I don’t find its grub bootloader – but this is not a deal breaker, because I can use refind instead of grub.

  • Spam Us

    Given it seems that there are now at least three “distributions” being maintained (and then possibly Netrunner HW, whatever that turns out to be), is there enough manpower to be able to keep things up to date across all of these distributions? I’d hate to see quality suffer as a result of this, which would be quite concerning.

    • Starbuck2001

      Netrunner works very close with the Maui Linux/KDE Neon team, so there is as much (if not more) synergy like with Kubuntu. As for Rolling, we’re still looking for a solution, if not we think Manjaro KDE is close enough for being the natural continuation for all Rolling KDE fans. So not much has changed really and imo not much to worry about Maui or Netrunner.

  • Brenda

    If I install Core can I upgrade to Desktop when it is released

    • Starbuck2001

      You could, its essentially adding the same packages on top that will ship default in Netrunner Desktop. But if you can wait 2-3 days, it should be here for the weekend.

  • Wayno

    File Sharing through Dolphin & Automatic login, seems to be broken
    in this release. Otherwise this release is very good looking and stable


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