Two Versions, One Vision
Netrunner comes in two variants:
The Standard Release is based on Debian package management (Kubuntu)
while the Rolling Release is based on Arch package management (Manjaro).
This overview shows you the shared philosophy and common software components used by both variants.
KDE Plasma Desktop
The Netrunner Team is focused on making the KDE Desktop as snappy and responsive as possible.
Sponsoring parts of the KDE development, we also concentrate on new technologies
and include them in Netrunner as soon as they are ready for useage, for example:
- Kicker Startmenu (Drag’n'Drop-Sidebar, Windows/Meta-Key-Popup, Search enabled)
- Task-Manager with Expanding Icons
- Netrunner Desktop Workspace (classic icons-on-a-clean-desktop, no overlays)
- Hot-Spot “Show Desktop” in lower right corner
- Auto-started KWallet
- Simplified System Settings
- Optimized KWin, so Open-GL-FX work on most low-end machines
- Firefox with KDE Integration
- Unified Look for KDE and non-KDE-applications
The Desktop Components
Netrunner Desktop Containment
Netrunner Desktop is the default desktop surface.
It comes with a bottom-panel and side-panel, which gives you access to multimedia and sound controls.
The side-panel can be shown/hidden by pressing the F11-key, or using the left/right-mouse-swipe.
Plasma Themes and Window Decorations
For most of our Window Themes, we are using the Aurorae-3 Engine for KWin, which allows blur and transparency even on low-end machines.
Netrunner 13.12 has several themes on-board to choose from, both Window Themes and Desktop Themes.
Kicker is the new startmenu, which on first look resembles the classic menu, but is fully themeable and has some features added to it, like a Drag’n'Drop Sidebar.
It can easily be invoked by the Meta-/Super-/Windowskey.
The Firefox-KDE-Support package allows for native file-dialog-and-mimetype-extension for the KDE Workspace.
Dolphin, a slick yet sophisticated tool is the default file manager for KDE.
With some shortcuts added, file navigation and handling is as easy as ever.
Clementine, also a KDE native application, is Netrunners default music librarian supporting local collections as well as internet radio stations like shoutcast.
Krita and Karbon
The Duo is part of the Calligra Suite and allows pixel and vector-based image creation.
Kate is KDEs clean, simple, yet powerful text-editor. It has gotten a “mini-map” on the right and a document loader on the left.
Telepathy & Web-Accounts
Telepathy and Accounts are constantly developed for best integration into KDE workspace.
Netrunner ships Telepathy with XMMP support for VOIP.
Netrunners terminal is another Qt-native application and always within a clicks reach.
A Free and Libre Platform
Netrunner is an ongoing community-centered team-effort based on the FOSS principles. If you like to help or join, go to the forums or github: