Netrunner 17 released

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The Netrunner Team is happy to announce the release of Netrunner 17 (codename Horizon) – 64bit version.
(Note that the 32bit version remains at “16” until 18 LTS).


Netrunner 17 ‘s codename is chosen as an indication of a mature Plasma finally emerging at the horizon with another update of KDE Plasma, Frameworks and Applications.
The desktop is now at Plasma 5.4.3 together with KDE Applications 15.08.2 and many more programs and libraries updated to their latest versions.
Firefox with built-in Plasma support ships as 42.0.3.


The “Desktop Configuration” settings now features two Look’n’Feel Themes called BlackX and BlueX, which makes switching between completely different styles much easier now, while still allowing for customization in full detail.


Netrunner 17 also ships a completely fresh set of wallpapers covering a wide range of different colors and styles.

Here are the Release Notes:


Linux Kernel 4.2.0~18
Plasma 5.4.3
Frameworks 5.15
KDE Applications 15.08.2
LibreOffice 5
Virtualbox 5
Kontact 5
Firefox 42.0
Thunderbird 38.3
Gmusicbrowser 1.15.2
VLC 2.2.1
and many more…

The ISO is available immediately in our Download section.

  • RandyMcD

    What a disappointment – I’ve been a Netrunner believer for a couple of
    years but I’m still stuck back on ver 14 because 15-16-17 DON’T WORK!
    It’s not Netrunner that doesn’t work – KDE is hosed! I almost want to go
    back to Windows! To bad too – it looks awesome! Wish you had spent more time on functionality than looks!

    • Jacob Moen

      15-16 has always worked for me. 🙂

      • horrace

        Same here, It has always been my fall back when other distros would not work, of broke them-selves for whatever reason, I love it, getting ready to do a clean install now!

    • Starbuck2001

      Hi Randy,
      what exactly is it that’s not working for you? There are some setups and gfx cards that are still not working optimal under KDE Plasma, so if you let us know, we can look out for them in upcoming Plasma 5.5.

      • RandyMcD

        Hey Starbuck
        add a desktop widget for the System Tray will not let me
        set it to ‘Show’ all elements. Add a desktop widget for the ‘Task
        Manager’ will not resize to tall and narrow. (if you drag sizer up it
        also widens the widget. Add Expanding Task manager – resize it to tall
        and narrow and nothing ever shows in manager. Running a Velocity Z55
        (Three weeks old) with a Nvidia GTX970) also running Netrunner 14.2 and
        Mint 17.2 (KDE) and all is working.

        • Starbuck2001

          Yeah, Mint KDE and Netrunner 14.x are both still kde4 based.
          As for the widgets: Can you make a video of it, so then I can directly open a ticket and point some developer to it that may explain or fix it!

    • onstrike112

      Why don’t you just use Mint on Cinnamon?

  • Jacob Moen

    Great news! 🙂
    I am waiting anxiously for the upgrade script.

    • Starbuck2001

      Working on the update script as we speak, but needs a little testing time due to our improved and revised base of previous Kubuntu 15.04 -> 15.10.

      • Artur Świętonowski

        Great news. Can you give expected date for upgrade script?

  • Jakk Hakk

    FOUR HOURS to download the new 17??

    • Starbuck2001

      Are you downloading via Torrent?
      If via server, there are several mirrors at SF, maybe you pick another one…

  • slytry

    Is it normal that I can’t change desktop wallpaper? Right click gives me just desktop1 and desktop2. How can I get out of that?

    • Starbuck2001

      Hi slytry,
      a fresh install should give you “Netrunner Desktop Settings” where you choose a wallpaper. Can you post a screenshot in the forums?

  • Webmaster

    Great news! Thanks for Netrunner team.

  • technomancer

    The new artwork/design is not to my liking. Netrunner version 16 theme was awesome, now this….. yuck ! I am glad KDE is customizable, because this is really bad design sense. I love this ditsro but KDE is so messed up now that i am using XFCE now. I hope things improve. Best to you all, thanks for the hard work.

  • syvolc

    Good news ! Thanks all for all this nice work !
    Beautiful wallpapers in this version.

  • Ariel

    Very nice, but it lacks from the point of view of drivers for some older
    graphic cards. For example I have a Intel Q35 Express onboard video
    device (on a mainboard fitted with a Intel Core2Duo processor at 2.6
    GHz), and the effects cannot be activated, nor the transparencies of
    some themes. I tried in live mode for now, but I think it would be the
    same thing in installed mode. Probably I have to look for some Intel
    Drivers and install them manually. I have to mention that I have
    Netrunner 14.1 installed on that computer and everything works well, I
    didn’t have to install anything (I mean, driver) to make it work

  • Aristóbulo Haramlabous

    Again, the same problem which was hauting Netrunner 16 is doing again to Netrunner 17. It seems to be a PLAGUE afflicting every ubuntu or debian spin-off. I didn’t see any “Startup Notification” (the hourglass cursor when any app is loading) and I am not talking about the “Feedback Cursor” feature, which bypasses the cursor theme and uses animated thumbnails of the application icon.

  • Grzegorz Krugły

    Are you planning to release an upgrade to Plasma 5.5 and if so, then when? 🙂

    It seems they brought back legacy tray icons in 5.5 and I just can’t stand lack of usability of those with Thunderbird or Pidgin.

  • Serge Tarkovski

    Hi! What’s the difference between Netrunner 17 and Kubuntu 15.10? Just desktop themes, or much more?


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