Standard Releases follow the same 6 months release cycle as Kubuntu.
Netrunner releases are usually targeted ~8-12 weeks after a Kubuntu Release, having the same 9 months support life than Kubuntu for non-LTS releases and a 2-year support life for each LTS release.
The official support for any LTS and all subsequent update releases (.point releases) ends with the release of the next LTS.
Each Main Edition Release has a distinct version number (and codename) and belongs to a so-called “LTS development and release cycle”:
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 the new LTS on its release date.
The update releases of the current LTS and the development releases of the new LTS are happening in parallel.
The current LTS version is Netrunner 14.1 (Frontier).
The upcoming development release is going to be Netrunner 15 (Prometheus), targeted for end of January/early February, 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)||~2015-01|
|Netrunner 16||Netrunner 14.2 (Frontier)||~2015-06|
|Netrunner 17||Netrunner 14.3 (Frontier)
|Netrunner 18 LTS||~2016-06|
Rolling Releases are called “snapshots”. New snapshot ISOs are currently 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 is 2014.09.1.
Every snapshot can be updated to the latest packages at any time in one update session.