I'm using Qubes OS since 3 months and I'm positively surprised with the quality of distro-specific tools (related to managing / operating xen domains). Very intuitive (and if you can't figure out how to do something, you'll easily find answer on the home page).
Other than that, the host operating system (dom0) and default templates are Fedora. So all the pros / cons apply here as well.
Hint: There's also Debian template present, so if you come from Debian / Ubuntu world, you can easily configure your xen guests to be running that OS.
Version: 3.2 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-05-10 Votes: 0
Quebes succeeds in making a workable safety / privacy centred "Distro"
It works out of the box for me, but it took me time to find out how to work with it.
Work is done in DOMAINS, splitting you workplaces up.
Remember it's a security focussed operating system.
Don't compare it to the average Ubuntu or so.
Read the good documentation to get the idea behind Quebes.
Probably one of the few in line with Tails, Subgraph OS perhaps.
Version: 3.2 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-05-09 Votes: 0
Excellent security feels, a lot of options. Still fairly new. A good community. Missing some documentation.
Version: 3.2 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-04-11 Votes: 6
I like secure systems. OpenBSD is my main operating system, with only the essential applications installed, to reduce my overall attack surface. Now, occasionally I want to run some linux-only binaries and sacrificing my security for that sucks, and Qubes OS allows me to run them in a controlled environment, and even make them unaware of my location.
The only con about Qubes OS is that while it helps lessen the effects of insecurities, it doesn't actually fix the problem. You still end up with not-so-secure operating systems, the only difference is that they don't cause as much harm to you. It's kind of like owning several houses where you store different things, if one is broken into you don't loose the assets in your other houses, but the best option would be to make those houses as secure as possible. Of course, hardening your "domains" in qubes OS is possible, but more of an effort should be made to make this the default.
Version: 3.2 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-04-10 Votes: 0
Excellent concept and rock solid implementation. Some GUI and font snags on high DPI displays, which is why it only got 9 out of 10. .
Version: 3.2 Rating: 10 Date: 2017-02-04 Votes: 3
Been working with this distro for about 3 months now, and have adopted it as my main distro.
Really enjoying the learning curve/process and the security model they use.
Excited to see how they develop this further. Security ftw!
Version: 3.2 Rating: 10 Date: 2017-01-30 Votes: 0
It's an amazing distro. There is a good learning curve and a change in the logic of how you work with apps, but all in all, this is a very secure, very well thought out distro.
Version: 3.2 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-01-30 Votes: 5
The installation is quirky and you must have the right bios - set to Legacy. I tried 5 computers before getting the install to complete.
The OS is stable and fast! It runs for weeks without missing a beat. It feels like I am running an IT department with many different computers in my care, but they are all mine, on one machine, isolated, and unhackable.
Printers and DVDs are not configurable as of yet.