Netrunner 21.01 – “XOXO” released

The Netrunner Team is happy to announce the release of Netrunner 21.01 “XOXO” – 64bit ISO.


This version is based upon the current Debian Stable 10.7 (“buster”) and comes with better modern hardware support thanks to Linux Kernel 5.9.15 from Debian Buster Backports.

Updated Packages

Netrunner 21.01 ships with all the latest security updates provided by Debian and a new beautiful wallpaper showing of the new Codename of this release.
With the activated Debian Buster Backports repository we provide updated firmware for wifi and ethernet chips aswell as improved printer drivers to allow more modern hardware support.
Firefox-ESR and Thunderbird were updated to the latest stable LTS (long term supported) versions, which get regular security updates provided by Debian security.
Netrunner maintains its georgous look and feel from the previous version based upon Breeze Window decoration and the red colors cursor.


Netrunner ships with a variety of tools and applications that can be used day to day (Note: If you prefer a minimal install, please take a look at “Netrunner Core” which will be updated shortly to the same 21.01 base)

LibreOffice our Office suite offers everything you might need for writing documents, calculating spreadsheets or creating impressive presentations. Especially presentations and their OpenGL transitions have been updated in Version 6.1.5

Editing pictures with Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) gives you a powerful tool for tweaking & manipulating images. Draw masterpieces with your mouse or pen by using Krita. Both are extendable via plugins to allow even a wider variety of creative work to shine.

Designing logos, icons and scalable graphics can be done with Inkscape which is known to be the favorite vector based image editor of choice for many creators of great Icon packs.

Besides still images videos are more and more popular and so we provide one of the best free and open source video editors available on the market called Kdenlive. It provides you with familiar video editing concepts like timeline, audio and video tracks and combines this with a large variety of audio visual effects that help you creating wonderful video clips.

Creativity needs relaxation. This is why we ship with GMusicbrowser and Yarock to manage your music data and listen to songs. Or you can watch a video with SMplayer. With a bunch of games Netrunner allows you to break out of reality for a while and enjoy puzzles or a nice game of chess. If you want to get serious with games the largest Linux gaming platform Steam is at your service.

Connecting to the world via Skype or Pidgin is possible as well as having fun developing small applications with Kate or enjoy typing commands into a sliding down terminal like Yakuake.

As always we provide our ISO images for Download on our Download page here.

Upgrade from 20.01 and older

Existing users of Netrunner 20.01 can just update their system normally to get the same application versions provided in 21.01. To update the linux kernel and firmware you need to activate the Debian Buster Backports sources in the Synaptic package manager and install the linux-image-amd64 & firmware-linux packages from that source. As 20.01 and 21.01 are both based upon Debian stable updating them regulary does not require to reinstall Netrunner even if new release mediums appear (unless we recommend otherwise).

If you need help or want to give feedback please reach out via our forums.

In this uncertain and sometimes chaotic times we wish everyone to stay healthy and safe.