Dryland – Second Edition RC

We made available Netrunner 4.2 RC for testing purposes and early preview.

Features:

Kernel 3.2
KDE 4.8.2
Firefox-KDE-Integration
GTK2/3-KDE-Integration (via oxygen-gtk)
Gimp 2.8

You can download the ISO here:

Netrunner 4.2 (Dryland – Second Edition)

Size: 1.33 GB  |  Md5sum: b98d94abc645886bbf71c345e4ae835d

Netrunner 4.2 RC - 32bit

Please help with reporting any issues on github:

https://github.com/netrunner/netrunner-feedback/issues?direction=desc&sort=created&state=open

and by giving feedback in our forums:

Posted in Dryland - Second Edition.
  • Theo

    When can we expect the 64Bit-Version of NR 4.2 ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

      Current 32bit RC is only preview, so the 64bit will be available together with the 32bit official release.

      • ab

        Do you have a fixed release date?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

          We have set Dryland SE to be released this month.
          No fixed date though, like we rather delay it a few more days for polish or fixing up last minute issues, than to ship something broken.

      • https://www.google.com/profiles/117284673265564136688 dan.harenberg

        Hopefully, 64bit will be just as stable even though there is no RC for testing?

  • okekarito

    I’m trying to install it trough a USB. I’ve got the iso and I have used the “boot creator” of a ubuntu 10.04 to make a bootable usb with the netrunner iso, however the usb doesn’t boot. The bios looks into the usb and detects a linux os, but nothig more happens. Any idea of how to solve it?

    • okekarito

      I have just solved it with unetbootin. thanx anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joerams1 Joey Ramos

    I hope skype microphone will work this time. or else I have to install pulse audio again to make skype mic works. Thanks….

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  • ab

    At this moment I use Linux Mint 12 64-bit KDE (and not Netrunner 4.1, because I was not aware of its existence). And I think that KDE and the (K)Ubuntu works perfectly!!!. On the net I’ve seen a lot of very positive review comment about the 4.1 version (better than Mint 12 KDE which I use), but have not chosen to install it because of the possible release of the 4.2 version.
    So my main question is: why should I use the future Netrunner 4.2 and not the future Linux Mint 13 KDE? What are the differences? Because both are based upon Kubuntu 12.04 LTS….?

  • joerams

    Netrunner is more sleek and eleagant and more stable than LMKDE. I been using Linuxmint KDE for along time, when I found out about Netrunner 4.1. you’ll see the difference till you try Netrunner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mostafa.light1 mos159

    Please Change icons theme to faenza kde
    and didn’t change applications ranking at menu ! let it as kubuntu 12.04 default menu ! because changing her list causes problems at : http://breakolami.free.fr/lancelot.jpg
    and pre-install lancelot and icon tasks http://www.webupd8.org/2011/11/unity-like-launcher-for-kde-icon-tasks.html
    as well as compiz 0.8.8 and emerald 0.8.8 with this repository opencompositing.ru ! http://www.opencompositing.ru/en/novoe/port-compiz-0-8-dlya-natty-narwhal.html; another website work 100% for installing compiz on precise : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11754316
    thank you in advance !
    sorry for my english ! i’m not an english user !

  • ldvalle

    I’m starving to try it in the stable release.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

      Hi ldvalle,

      we almost have it ready:
      Still polishing up some things and pushing to add one more brand-new, KDE-exclusive feature.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003147679636 Grzegorz KrugÅ‚y

        That’s great to hear since I’m holding my reinstall from Mint KDE (it seems to have lost priority with Mint developers) to NetRunner which I’ve heard only good things about :-) Can’t even try the RC now because I need 64-bit version…

  • joerams

    Still waiting and so excited on this release………….

    • https://www.google.com/profiles/117284673265564136688 dan.harenberg

      Same here! Actually, I’d love to hear what you guys are working on – bugs, polishing, new features… If u had a blog on that I’d follow it. Looking forward to the best KDE LTS out there!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GhindaUcigasa?feature=mhee iTheMaster

    The waiting… is too much for me…. CAN.NOT.TAKE.IT.ANYMORE…

    Please be ready soon!

    :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

      We’re trying hard to ship this release with an easy solution for something, that has bugged (especially users new to) Linux for quite a while now. It might therefore be better (from our point of view) to just wait a few days more to make sure that all works out as planned, rather than waiting another 6 months with a halfway-there release sitting on your computer.

      • brunces

        starbuck, I agree with you and I’d rather wait for a “ready” realease too. But, can’t you at least give us a possible release date? :P Keep up the great work. Netrunner is the best! :) Cheers. brunces

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

          hey brunces,

          it’s tough to say:
          The whole distro is basically completely ready; it’s those few extra things we really love to push in there that have our full attention… of course we could decide any day to just take them out and have one of those “usual” update releases, which is fine… but bringing back firefox-KDE support, easy network setup, and other things for KDE would make it something special, and we really want to make each release something special now and in the future.

          • brunces

            No problem. I completely understand you and support you, guys. As you said, you’re making it somethings special. I can wait for that. :) By the way, I stopped using Netrunner 4.1 because I had this weird self rebooting issue. I was working on it and, all of a sudden, it rebooted. I had a default installation. The only thing I did was install SMPlayer and GoldenDict, and also changed the theme and cursors. Nothing else. It was weird, so I had to stop using it, unfortunately. Now I’m eager to use this new version again. Certainly, those issues are gone. One more thing… I always wanted to ask this… Do I need to install kubuntu-restricted-extras on Netrunner? I mean, is it necessary or does Netrunner come with everything we need yet? Thanks for your time, starbuck. :) brunces

          • https://www.google.com/profiles/117284673265564136688 dan

            Starbuck, I totally agree! In particular the network setup is super important nowadays and can be a deal-breaker for newcomers to Linux. So take your time!

            Did you check the review of Kubuntu Precise on distrowatch? There are some valid criticisms of the latest edition, and a few bugs are mentioned, which would be good to improve upon. I believe this is a great, even unique opportunity for netrunner: many Ubuntu-users seem to be checking out alternative desktops (because they are dissatisfied with Unity, Mate, or whatever), and there seems to be no convincing Ubuntu-based KDE-alternative at the moment (don’t get me wrong, I am a long-time Kubuntu user, but the above-mentioned review deterred me from installing its latest edition – instead I am very much looking forward to my first netrunner OS!).

            Keep up the great work!!!

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/GhindaUcigasa?feature=mhee iTheMaster

        Don’t get me wrong. The only reason why I am so eager is because I just love what Netrunner-os is. Is the greed for more awesomeness that make tremble on the thought that a new version of the os is near. I can’t wait to post my first screenshots of Netrunner-os. I have this idea of Unity-under-KDE that I started a while back and I can’t wait to get my hands on KDE 4.8 again to show you what I mean. :D

  • ab

    I think it is wise that you take some extra time to make this distro better/mature. This is important, because this distro is a good candidate to replace Windows (this is based upon my experience with Linux mint 12 kde and the very positive reviews about Netrunner 4.1).
    Question: I’m not running the RC version, but can somebody tell me what the minimum system requirements are for the 64 bit version?
    Keep up the good work!

  • brunces

    Please, I have a doubt… If I install version 4.2 RC now, when the Final Release is out, will I be able to simply update/upgrade or will I have to remove version RC and do a fresh and clean install? Thanks. brunces

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

      Of course you can update to match the final version, though there are some things you would have to add manually or edit yourself to get a 100% identical setup.

      • ubuntugnom

        one similar question in the same context:
        will i get this 100% identical setup after an upgrade from my 4.1/64 bit installation currently running ?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

          That mostly depends on the repositories:
          We did quite some changes there, as for example kubuntu no longer provides firefox-kde-support officially from their repos, so we begun adding our own ppa on launchpad called “cyberspace”… so we removed some ppas and added in ours, so it depends if all the manual changing of the repositories will end you up with a dryland-se… of course we will give this procedure some thought and hopefully provide a small how-to if this is feasable.
          Of course any packages you have installed yourself and the customizations you did will somewhat defy the notion of a 100% identical fresh Dryland-SE.

  • ab

    Hello Starbuck,

    I’ve seen that there are still some issues (7) left for Netrunner 4.2. Is this an actual list?
    Can we expect the release soon (this week)? If not, then I’ll install the RC version (and start help testing).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

      Hello ab,
      we’re still having some issues for the 64bit version, so we decided to fix those first before we release both 32 and 64bit.
      Since we have done more internal releases from last RC, testing the public RC wouldn’t be of much help at this point.
      Since it’s becoming generally a bit more delay between Kubuntu and Netrunner than in the past, we think of doing Netrunner releases in the future officially mid/end June and mid/end December.

      • https://www.google.com/profiles/117284673265564136688 dan

        Hi Starbuck,

        yes, please make sure 32bit and 64bit are on equal standing. In this thread, several ppl are waiting for the 64bit, would be a pity if it was buggy.

        Is there anywhere, where we can see the current open issues / the progress?

        Maybe you could release another RC / an RC2 for both 32bit and 64bit? I would try tot test.

        Keep up the great work!!!

        Daniel

  • PTR

    So… where is it? Kubuntu 12.04 was released in April, KDE team have just released KDE 4.9 beta… I don’t mind being a bit behind Ubuntu, but you guys have to announce any release policy. Coz at the moment Netrunner looks a bit like a near-to-die project (even though it’s not if read into the forum) . Lagging 3 months is OK, but people have to know that’s gonna be 3 months.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

      Well, its two month if I count correctly…
      In contrast to a fixed release cycle, which imo brings enourmously pressure and trouble, we focus on quality… compare the latest suse announcement to also delay their planned release for two months.

      I have the ISO here, it’s just a matter of getting everything else also ready before releasing it, you will see quite a few new approaches that are not in any distro as of yet (like latest skype 4.0, etc.), so don’t worry, we’re far from “dying” or anywhere near dead :)

      • PTR

        Ubuntu was released by the end of April so indeed 2 months. My bad.
        I’m aware Netrunner is a living project. But non-fixed realise doesn’t have to mean no schedule at all ;-) For me it would be fine if distro I’m using upgrades annually or every 9 months.
        Fixed release did backfire a few times on Canonical, Fedora or SuSE, but it is important in their marketing. Makes them look reliable and predictable, what is important for corporate and institutional users.

        • PTR

          Oh! One more. Maybe a ‘fixish release model’? I really don’t mind being 3 months after the host disto (I usually upgraded a month after new Ubuntu was released anyway). But at least give some vague schedule. “we upgrade within 4 months after the host distro”)

          Anyway, Netrunner is grate. Can’t wait for the KDE 4.8 as well!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002446074735 starbuck

            PTR, thanks for your reply, it shows you’re caring and so do we :)
            Indeed , as you can see with the naming and versioning already, we trying to go more towards a 1 year release model, with the full numbers being a complete overhaul and the SE releases doing an upgrade to the latest Kubuntu 6 months to still stay updated in between.
            Also, exactly as you described, we are going to announce to make our releases available 2 months after Kubuntu:
            That gives us time to fix stuff and also to test new things in the mix.
            So releases will be done FULL each december (around christmas) and SE releases in summer at end of June.
            So we have 12.06 and 12.12 for this year so to speak.
            We will communicate these and other things around Netrunner more clearly as our team gets some additional personel.

            PS. And oh, how does a possible release today (already after midnight here in Germany) sound to you? ;)

          • PTR

            Cool! :-D
            I’ll make a USB stick and test the 64-bit version. And waiting for a 4.1 > 4.2 upgrade!
            Thanks guys! :-)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650733011 Marcus Lehrberg

    I’m a bit curious as to why you don’t roll out the 0.8.8 version of compiz and also emerald instead of the 0.9? Kde is my DE of choice but i don’t like kwin, it’s slow and not anywhere near as responsive as compiz but the 0.9 version is just very buggy and clunky. I run Sabayon on my machine but this distro caught my eye and wanted to try :D Other than that, brilliant job :D Kudos