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DistroWatch.com: Qubes OS

Qubes OS

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 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: 63 (177), 6 months: 64 (167), 3 months: 50 (202), 4 weeks: 91 (125), 1 week: 72 (137)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 11 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 --
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Reviews 3.x: Linux JournalDistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-07-31: Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC 1
 • 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:
 •2017-06-28 Qubes OS to get new API
 •2016-05-30 The Qubes build process
 • More Qubes headlines...

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Feature 4.0-rc1 3.2 2 1.0
Release Date 2017-07-31 2016-09-29 2014-09-26 2012-09-03
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 4050-4050      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce KDE KDE
Package Management RPM (dnf) RPM (yum) RPM (yum) RPM (yum)
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd Upstart
Journaled File Systems        
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List 4.0-rc1 3.2 2 1.0
Package 4.0-rc1 3.2 2 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.1 1.1.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.23
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1.2
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5 4.3.3-P1 4.2.7 4.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.10
firefox (55.0.3) -- -- -- 14.0.1
freetype (2.8.1) 2.6.5 2.6.0 2.5.0 2.3.11
gcc (7.2.0) -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.24 2.22 2.18 2.12
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta 2.02beta 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.21) 3.22.17 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.30.0
libreoffice (5.4.1) -- -- -- --
linux (4.13.3) 4.9.35 4.4.14 3.12.23 3.2.7
Package 4.0-rc1 3.2 2 1.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.8) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.2.1) 17.0.5 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.2p2 6.4p1 5.4p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2k 1.0.2h 1.0.1e 1.0.0
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.2 5.22.2 5.18.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.9) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.3) -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.5) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.9.1) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.7.0) -- -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (234) 231 222 208 --
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.18.3 1.14.4 1.8.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Qubes OS

Average rating
9.0
from 11 review(s)



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Version: 4.0-rc1
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-09-21
Votes: 1


I really wanted to like this distro..

My primary challenge is that my very new PC just would NOT take the OS.

Worked with both versions 3.2 and 4 and just got tired of fighting the system.... Sometimes 3.2 would seem to install and then would never run.. the 4 rc version - well that was a whole nuther set of install issues..

Maybe my chip was too new? either way I fussed with the versions for a few days and then blew it away.

I am sure there was some issue that 'I' just couldn't get working - but it might have been my hardware .. ( an older version of my NUC was on the user reported HCL ).... so I thought I might have some success..

I take all the blame and apply none to the devs themselves.. I will try again as the distro ( hopefully) gets updated while my HW gets older..


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-14
Votes: 2


Gave it 10 for overall screen time (aka maintenance) performance (results). Remember you need a performance oriented machine (gaming) to use it.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-25
Votes: 7


Qubes is used by us for our online banking. Of course we have 2-Factor-Authentification, but I don't want neither one of those factors compromised. Since the shadow brokers have published a couple of remote exploits which have been "zerodays" for years(!), I do not trust any operating system. Even if you are careful, an attacker only needs to find one flaw. Qubes seems to be reasonable safe, assuming that there is no default backdoor implemented in Xen and dom0. Interesting approach altogether.


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