Netrunner is a complete GNU/Linux based OS.
It uses the Plasma desktop environment and ships with many applications for everyday use.In theory then this distribution should be perfect for the likes of you or I as we are the everyday Linux users.
Whether you use the Debian base or the Manjaro base you will always end up with the Plasma desktop environment.
I have had Netrunner running for over a week and I have used it on my main laptop therefore I feel I have had long enough to find out the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
dd if=netrunner-rolling-2016.01-64bit.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=8M
I haven't tried this on a UEFI based machine so I don't know if that has any gotchas when it comes to dual booting. I will give that a try over the weekend.
I did have an issue when rebooting into the system after the installation was finished. It just didn't want to reboot and got stuck at the swirly thing (technical term).
When I rebooted from a cold start however all was well.
The KDE Plasma desktop loads with the default Netrunner wallpaper. There is a panel at the bottom and some icons on the main desktop.
Clicking the little arrow icon in the bottom left corner brings up a full screen menu which shows your recent applications.
You can choose a category down the right side to browse or you can start typing to find the application you wish to run.
The other icons on the left side of the bottom panel are for the Dolphin file browser and Firefox web browser.
In the right corner of the bottom panel there are icons for yakuake, a device notifier for when you plug in USB devices, network icon, updates, status and notifications, audio settings, a clock, run command and the panel editor.
In the top left corner of the screen you can pull up another menu which allows you to access the activities screen.
Previously I thought Activities were another way of saying virtual workspaces but I was wrong about that. Activities are an extra level above virtual workspaces and let you group all of your workspaces. I have to admit though that I have still not found a good use for them.
Customising The Desktop
Connecting To The Internet
yaourt -S google-chrome
- Burger Space
- Frozen Bubble
- GIMP - Image Editing
- Gwenview - Photo Album
- Karbon - Paint
- Krita - Image Creation
- Skanlite - Scanning
- Spectacle - Screen Grab
- Firefox - Web browser
- KDE Marble - Virtual Globe
- Konversation - IRC Chat
- Pidgin - Instant Messenger
- QTransmission - Bittorrent Client
- Skype - Video Chat Client
- Telepathy - Instant Messenger
- Thunderbird Email Client
- Audacious - Audio Player
- Cantata - Online Radio Player
- gMusicBrowser - Audio Player
- Handbrake - DVD Ripper / Video Converter
- Kamoso - Webcam Viewer
- Kdenlive - Video Editor
- VLC - Media Player
- Vokoscreen - Screencast Software
- LibreOffice - The complete office suite including word processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation packages