A few dates Netrunner 13.06 was released a very particular distribution we have barely spoken here in MuyLinux. It is a system developed by Blue Systems, a German company related to KDE: is paying the salaries of two developers of Kubuntu, in addition to sponsoring other projects like Linux Mint KDE, KWin or rekonq. In turn, Netrunner is based on Kubuntu.
You see, Netrunner is something different from the usual. On the one hand it would seem that this is another rehash of Ubuntu with KDE as a flag, but it is hard to say that when Blue Systems contributes so. So, we are to give to the company, its strategy and motivation, to focus on what we can see first hand the product . Netrunner 13.06. Or simply Netrunner.
In essence, Kubuntu and Netrunner are the same , so it is not necessary to explain the installation process, the applications available, the time frame etc.. In fact, this last point, as happens with Linux Mint KDE is why I do not recommend neither, except LTS versions.
The main difference between Kubuntu and Netrunner is that the latter comes with several added-many, actually, like multimedia codecs, installed or pre-installed proprietary software, visual theme changes, etc.. Besides additional services , which Ubuntu-of which more later. Again “in essence”, is a Kubuntu vitaminado Netrunner and makeup.
first thing that jumps out of Netrunner visual theme that together is nothing lucky . Saving the default wallpaper, fantasy-themed drawings usually, the experience offered by Netrunner is based on Qt style and Oxygen icons, color scheme himself nailed to Oxygen and theme windows form, which is not bad as separate part, but … To put soft, destroys the harmony.
What is the visual theme of Oxygen in full, like it or not like it, is that it is solid, redundant, very complete. There are many hours of work behind, professional designers, and not enough to change an item to look like something else. Because I loads , which is what happened here. This giant, horrific edge does not help create a good first impression (of course this is a totally subjective assessment, as all that touch the design).
funny thing is when you want to change the theme of windows and you realize that Netrunner modified options “System Preferences” KDE . Not that I have trouble finding what you are looking for, but there it is that detail. It is also interesting to note as window decoration to Oxygen or Plastik usual, along with others like Seven or MetroDark, the style of Windows 7 and 8, respectively (we assume that they are ‘just in case’, to ease the transition).
To conclude this section, the theme is the popular Plasma Glassified and desk options where you change the wallpaper, you can choose a provision based on Homerun, full screen launcher for KDE. Overall, as I said, there is enough room for improvement .
Another nonsense that I find in Netrunner is choosing default applications , for several reasons: apparently this is a pro-KDE distro that has the objective basic user, but this description not fully correspond with reality.
Netrunner comes with Skype, proprietary codecs, a lot of games, even an emulator-modules to install proprietary drivers … All installed by default, or the possibility of one-click-install is the Steam event. At the same time, the KDE panel displays an icon to launch Yakuake. I do not understand.
In terms of applications, it is striking hodgepodge : Firefox, Thunderbird, GIMP, Krita, Karbon, Pidgin, KDE Telepathy, Qtransmission, Qmmp, VLC, LibreOffice, Calligra Flow … Synaptic … And it is no less striking how those applications presented in a classic menu and ordered “their way”. Nor do I understand. What does it look there Pidgin? Why are GIMP and Inkscape LibreOffice but is not? Really not enough Muon, which is also
bright spot at the same time chafardero put it, as happens in Ubuntu, the webapps . Seriously, what a fudge. If you throw any open Firefox open in a new tab and you can proceed, but if the spears with Firefox closed, opens a window without any “control” buttons, bars, etc., is only the edge of the window and eye, the way it should be. The problem is that when you do that, the webapps do not recognize the session and you have to re-enter your user name and password. A pending issue is the webapps on the Linux desktop.
comparison we did before with Ubuntu, Netrunner also has a wizard to integrate online accounts on the desktop . The services available are Google, Facebook, ownCloud and Runners-ID, discussed further down. This “tidbit”, offering a simple configuration module visible only once where you put your username and password and forget, is something I have been working a while people of Ubuntu, GNOME and KDE. In regard to Netrunner makes use of advances KDE, but presenting all in a … suitable.
The trouble is that form and substance are not balanced. I tried to sync my Google account, including email, calendar, contacts, tasks and chat, and this is what I found:
- As email clients default is Thunderbird, which does not affect the configuration of the module (ie Thunderbird be configured separately). It will be a matter of installing KMail, right? But KMail already installed, although can not find it in the applications menu . Once I throw by KRunner, then yes I see that my account is set up, and not until that moment that tells me that I have unread messages. Need I crumble this fudge?
- Meanwhile, Kontact (KOrganizer and KAdressBook) immediately takes over my calendar and tasks, as well as my contact list. Only these applications need to access and activate the corresponding checkbox. As for the chat
- , this is left to KDE Telepathy, that despite some shortcomings, ever works best.
In summary, we can say that Netrunner tries, but fails. The strange thing is that they are silly mistakes, wrong decisions , which chafan what could be a great experience.
At this point, I personally has become clear that there Netrunner behind good intentions, poorly focused, reflecting the green of the project. But, how could it be otherwise, I left the icing to go, and that icing is called Runners-ID .
Ubuntu One, Netrunner offers Runners-ID, with 2 GB free storage space in the cloud with the ability to synchronize your files. But that alone is not ringing or attention, right? What if I tell you Netrunner cloud is based entirely on ownCloud ? There already changed things a lot. Because here we are talking about the first ownCloud provider directly embedded in the system.
So you can choose to sync with your Google desktop, Facebook or ownCloud, but you can also use your Runners-ID, where you storage, calendar, contacts, file viewer, music player … is a basic instance ownCloud which provides Netrunner, but with many possibilities. In fact, you can use ownCloud client to synchronize your files on another distribution, for Windows or Mac OS X, use the app to Android, etc.. And even more: you can listen in streaming your music collection, provided that you have in the cloud, with Superampify, Android player-made.
hope that, after so chiaroscuro, the end I have left a good impression. Not comment system performance because I’ve been testing on a virtual machine, but it’s not something I worry about, coming from where it comes. And of course, many-many-but the details that have fallen by the wayside. This article aims to be just a distribution approaching could reach big highlight , if its developers focus a little. We will have to give them some room to mature, because Netrunner suggests ways.
Still, I would not wish any Netrunner triumph. My wishes go further and what I love to see in this life and not the other is how Netrunner, Kubuntu and Linux Mint KDE come together in a single project. It would be the bomb!