The development team behind the Netrunner Rolling Linux operating system announced last week the release of the first snapshot in 2018 with the latest update and some new features.
Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 is here to replace last year’s 2017.07 version and ships with the Linux 4.14 kernel, Mozilla Firefox 57.0 “Quantum” web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 52.5.0 email and news client, LibreOffice 5.3 office suite, KDE Plasma 5.11.5 desktop environment, the KDE Applications 17.12.0 and KDE Frameworks 5.41.0 software suites, as well as Qt 5.10.
Apart from that, Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 is the first release of the GNU/Linux distribution to feature the YaRock open-source music player that lets users stream worldwide radio channels for free. Furthermore, it introduces the ImageWriter utility from SUSE Linux, and the Firefox Pre-Load feature that makes the web browser to appear “almost in an instant” when it’s started.
“For the first time, we ship Yarock, a Qt-based music player which also happens to greatly support a wide selection of free online Radio stations,” reads the release announcement. “A nice bonus feature is when clicking on any artist or song name during play will automatically open the browser and perform a search.”
Plasma Discover, streamlined system settings
KDE’s Plasma Discover package manager makes a comeback in Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 as well, to allow users to install a wide range of packages, and the system settings have been streamlined by using the new sidebar layout and stacking almost all theming related settings under “Plasma Tweaks.” The desktop effects were tweaked as well in this release, and new artwork was added.
You can download Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 right now through our website if you want to install this unique GNU/Linux distribution on your personal computer. Please note that Netrunner Rolling is supported only on 64-bit systems and it’s based on Manjaro Linux, which, in turn, is based on the very popular Arch Linux operating system. All three systems follow a rolling release model.