Netrunner Desktop 16.09 released


Today the Netrunner Desktop 16.09 – 64bit ISO has been released.

Netrunner Desktop 16.09 “Avalon” is the full Desktop Version version based on the same stack as Netrunner Core.
As both share the same underlying technology, it features the same KDE Plasma, Frameworks and KDE Application packages on Debian Stable.

Here is an overview of what’s included in Netrunner Desktop 16.09:

  • based on Debian Jessie 8 Stable
  • Linux Kernel 4.7
  • Plasma 5.7.5
  • Frameworks 5.26
  • Qt 5.7
  • KDE Applications 16.08
  • Firefox 49
  • Thundebird 45.3

Please note that while we have chosen the same tested base versions as Netrunner Core, we also provide backports repositories which include the Plasma 5.8.2 release, Frameworks 5.27, and many more. The backports entries are already listed as part of your apt sources, and simply need to be enabled with a click in the first row.


Besides the base system that is shared with Core, Netrunner Desktop includes a wide selection of software applications already preinstalled and configured, like KDEnlive, Gimp, VLC, Libreoffice, Audacious, Steam, Skype, Transmission, Virtualbox, Krita, Inkscape and many more.

You can find the 64bit ISO in our download section and ask for help or report any issues in our new Desktop forums section.

  • Real_PTR

    So… what is the difference between Netrunner Desktop and Maui 1? Is it just the Debian or Ubuntu base guts they differ in?

    • Starbuck2001

      Yes, Debian vs. Ubuntu, with all benefits and shortcomings of either one.

      • Hjorten

        Though Maui with a very old kernel, while Netrunner Desktop has a newer (but not up-to-date of course) kernel. For Skylake laptop users that’s a big difference. Furthermore Maui has VirtualBox drivers baked in to the very-very old kernel, so if you want to either run a recent version of the kernel or VirtualBox, you have to install yourself anyway!

        • Real_PTR

          No… I don’t want to run bleeding edge tech on my machines. I need to have the work done, I need my data analysed without the need to recompile 3rd-party packages myself ;-)

          • Maksim Muruev

            Really narrow thinking. Give you example, I’ve got a problem with software went to ‘support’ got developers answer this thing has been fixed in version x.y.z +1, But my distro have ‘stable’ x.y-1.z version. So basically problem can be blocking, I can’t proceed my job.. how I’ll resolve the problem, and also give feedback to developers? I mean bleeding edge not always bad! Especially then you have ‘user space’ program Like browser it suppose to be latest version, official point of view for Chrome for example.

        • Starbuck2001

          Hi Hjorten,

          2016 was a major shift for Netrunner, Neon and Maui. 2017 will expand these efforts while consolidating what was reached. It takes lots of effort to get things right, but we are exactly evaluating in the direction you mentioned, that is giving users more freedom to decide when and if to update to more recent versions or to absolutely stay on a given set of versions. Let’s see what the new year brings, Netrunner 17.01 Desktop is just around the corner.

  • Reinaldo Fernandez

    Based on Debian…..just what I needed

  • Pippo

    How i get Root Permission in Live System, cannot open my encrypted usb stick.
    Have virtualbox error too.

    Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing

    ‘/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup’

    as root. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.