Release Schedules


Kubuntu Edition (discontinued, now released as Maui Linux, based on Neon)

Netrunner releases follow the same 6 months release cycle as Kubuntu.
Netrunner releases are targeted around ~8-12 weeks after a Kubuntu Release, having a 9 months support life for regular releases and a 2-year support life for LTS releases.
The official support for any LTS and all subsequent update releases (.point releases) ends with the release of the next LTS.

Each Release has a distinct version number and codename:
Preceding each new LTS release are 3 snapshot releases followed by the LTS release itself and 3 subsequent updates.
That means that each LTS cycle has a 2-year active support life and is replaced by a new LTS on its release date.
The update releases of the current LTS and the ongoing regular releases are happening in parallel.
The last snapshot release was Netrunner 17 (Horizon).
The current active LTS version is Maui 1 (Aurora).

Releases LTS Updates Date
Maui 1 LTS (Aurora)
  note: this basically is “Netrunner 18 LTS” on Neon/Ubuntu base   2016-08
Netrunner 17 (Horizon) Netrunner 14.3 (Frontier)
Netrunner 16 (Ozymandias) Netrunner 14.2 (Frontier) 2015-04
Netrunner 15 (Prometheus) Netrunner 14.1 (Frontier) 2015-01
Netrunner 14 LTS (Frontier) 2014-06
Netrunner 13.12 (Enigma II) 2014-01
Netrunner 13.06 (Enigma)     2013-07
Netrunner 12.12 (Dryland III)
Netrunner 4.2 LTS (Dryland II) 2012-06
Netrunner 4 (Dryland) 2011-12
Netrunner 3 (Chromatic) 2011-04
Netrunner 2 (Blacklight) 2010-07
 Netrunner 1 (Albedo)  2010-03


Rolling Edition

Rolling Releases are done with “snapshots”. New snapshot ISOs are released on a regular basis.
Rolling Releases don’t have an extra codename and carry year and month (YYYY.MM) as their version number.
The latest snapshot ISO is 2016.01.


Version Date
Snapshot 2016.01 2016-02-17
Snapshot 2015.11 2015-11-13
Snapshot 2015.09 2015-10-03
Snapshot 2014.09 2014-09-25
Snapshot 2014.04 2014-04-04


  • steelmann

    Will Frontier available to download on midst of June?

    • Starbuck2001

      We’re fixing the reported issues for RC, looking good.

  • Raul Garrido

    I am totally impressed with Netrunner 14 in my opinion it is one of the finest KDE implemenations I have seen to date. I sincerely hope the developers will base any and all UEFI and Secure Boot features on Kubuntu all ready working feature set for UEFI and Secure Boot systems and are able to fix the grub issues and the inabiltiy of installing Netrunner on a modern UEFI Secure Boot system or laptop. I sincerely hope this issue is resolved soon for current UEFI and Secure Boot users such as myself . I can sucessfully install Kubuntu 14.04 on my UEFI Secure Boot Asus and HP notebooks w/out a problem of any kind and it is my understanding that Netrunner is based on Kubuntu 14.04 correct ? Kindest regards and thanks to the developers and the Netrunner community for all of their hard work.

  • jonathan scheller

    hi, does netrunner suport non pae systems??

  • Egor Orlov

    Waiting forward to get the Netrunner 15.
    I have moved from win7 to Enigma and still with you. Tried other linux based os, but your is the best one, by my opinion.
    I have no words to describe you my appreciation of your great and efficient work!

    • Starbuck2001

      Thanks Egor!
      We have now updated the release schedules, as you can see.
      We will feature 2 releases this month, first starting with a maintenance update of our stable base Netrunner 14.1 LTS. Stay tuned for more.

  • jeevanism

    Waiting for the NR 15 ! .. I am using NR14 and very much satisfied with its system responsiveness. No idea how its possible to make a KDE distro faster than XFCE !

    • Guest

      It’s not. But they just did it =)

    • Egor Orlov

      It’s not. But they just did it! =))

  • Jun-Hyung Park

    Looks like the NR 15’s release date will be delayed into end of Februrary, 2015 since theres none of the news about NR 15.

    • Starbuck2001

      Hi Jun-Hyung,
      we are still testing and preparing the release, since Plasma 5.2, Frameworks5.x and Qt5.4 have all been updated as of lately and we are trying to make them work nicely together. Estimated timeframe is end of next week.

      • Nosion

        Cool, thanks for the estimate :)

  • Michael Belokon

    Hey guys, I cant wait to see the new Netrunner 15. Would you be so kind to tell me how much time you need to bring this release out. Thank you for your great work. It is mostly the best distro I ever used. I’m your big fan!

  • Shane Ramone

    When is the next snapshot for the rolling release?

    • Starbuck2001

      Latest Rolling release is 2015.11.

  • Sagar

    when can we expect Netrunner 18 LTS its already mid there any beta release section?

  • Roy Davies

    What’s the point of giving a mid-2016 release deadline and not meeting it? Mid-year is end of June, next week is the beginning of August. When will we get a definitive release DATE?

    • Starbuck2001

      Hi Roy,

      there are many things going on for Netrunner 18, we’re working on it literally day and night. We are just making sure since 18 is going to be an LTS that things really work and are stable. We’re almost hitting RC state, so I expect another 2 weeks before the actual release.