Release Schedules

Main Edition

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 non-LTS 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 development releases followed by the LTS release itself and 3 subsequent updates.
That means that each LTS cycle has a 2-year support life and is replaced by a new LTS on its release date.
The update releases of the current LTS and the ongoing normal releases are happening in parallel.

The current LTS version is Netrunner 14.1 (Frontier).
The current development release is Netrunner 15 (Prometheus), released on February 15th, 2015.

Releases LTS Update Releases Release Date
Netrunner 1 (Albedo) 2010-03-18
Netrunner 2 (Blacklight) 2010-07-15
Netrunner 3 (Chromatic) 2011-04-14
Netrunner 4 (Dryland) 2011-12-29
Netrunner 4.2 LTS (Dryland II) 2012-06-20
Netrunner 12.12 (Dryland III) 2012-12-22
Netrunner 13.06 (Enigma) 2013-07-05
Netrunner 13.12 (Enigma II) 2014-01-13
Netrunner 14 LTS (Frontier) 2014-06-22
Netrunner 15 (Prometheus) Netrunner 14.1 (Frontier) beginning 2015
Netrunner 16 Netrunner 14.2 (Frontier) mid 2015
Netrunner 17 Netrunner 14.3 (Frontier)
beginning 2016
Netrunner 18 LTS mid 2016


Rolling Edition

Rolling Releases are done with “snapshots”. New snapshot ISOs are roughly released every 3-4 months.
Rolling Releases don’t have an extra codename and carry year and month (YYYY.MM) as their version number.
The latest snapshot ISO is 2014.09.1.
Every snapshot can be updated to the latest packages at any time in one update session.

Snapshot 2014.04 2014-04-04
Snapshot 2014.09 2014-09-25


  • 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!