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DistroWatch.com: Qubes OS

Qubes OS

Last Update: 2016-12-14 13:37 UTC


Qubes OS is a security-oriented, Fedora-based desktop Linux distribution whose main concept is "security by isolation" by using domains implemented as lightweight Xen virtual machines. It attempts to combine two contradictory goals: how to make the isolation between domains as strong as possible, mainly due to clever architecture that minimises the amount of trusted code, and how to make this isolation as seamless and easy as possible.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 82 (159), 6 months: 67 (187), 3 months: 94 (146), 4 weeks: 99 (140), 1 week: 93 (132)

Average visitor rating: 9.67/10 from 3 review(s).


Qubes Summary
Distribution Qubes OS
Home Page http://qubes-os.org/
Mailing Lists http://groups.google.com/group/qubes-devel
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.qubes-os.org/
Screenshots http://qubes-os.org/Screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites
Reviews 3.x: Linux JournalDistroWatch
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-09-29: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 3.2
 • 2016-03-09: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 3.1
 • 2015-10-01: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 3.0
 • 2015-04-24: Development Release: Qubes OS 3.0 RC1
 • 2014-09-27: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 2
 • 2014-08-06: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 RC2
 • 2014-04-20: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 RC1
 • 2013-12-11: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 Beta 3
 • 2013-02-28: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 Beta 2
 • 2012-12-14: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 Beta 1
 • 2012-09-04: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 1.0
 • More Qubes releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-05-30 The Qubes build process
 • More Qubes headlines...

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Feature 3.2 2 1.0
Release Date 2016-09-29 2014-09-26 2012-09-03
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce KDE KDE
Package Management RPM (yum) RPM (yum) RPM (yum)
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 3.2 2 1.0
Package 3.2 2 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.23
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.2 4.1.2
bind (9.11.0-P3) -- -- --
chromium (57.0.2987.133) -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3-P1 4.2.7 4.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.10
firefox (52.0.2) -- -- 14.0.1
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.0 2.5.0 2.3.11
gcc (6.3.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.8.20) -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.22 2.18 2.12
gnome-shell (3.24.0) -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- --
grub (2.00) 2.02beta 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.11) 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- --
k3b (2.0.3a) -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- 2.30.0
libreoffice (5.3.1) -- -- --
linux (4.10.6) 4.4.14 3.12.23 3.2.7
Package 3.2 2 1.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- --
mesa (17.0.2) 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (5.7.17) -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.0) -- -- --
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u121) -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.4p1 5.4p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2h 1.0.1e 1.0.0
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.2 5.18.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.3) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.6.1) -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (233) 222 208 --
thunderbird (45.8.0) -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.10.2 --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.3 1.14.4 1.8.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Qubes OS

Average rating
9.7
from 3 review(s)



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Version: 3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-04
Votes: 0


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!


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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.


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-01-30
Votes: 2


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.


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