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DistroWatch.com: Qubes OS

Qubes OS

Last Update: 2017-10-25 01:02 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: 70 (166), 6 months: 59 (188), 3 months: 66 (178), 4 weeks: 48 (275), 1 week: 75 (142)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 13 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:
 • 2017-10-25: Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC2
 • 2017-07-31: Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC1
 • 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
 • More Qubes releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-10-03 New VM classes for Qubes
 •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-rc2 3.2 2 1.0
Release Date 2017-10-24 2016-09-29 2014-09-26 2012-09-03
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 4430-4430 4050-4050 2935-2935 1668-1668
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-rc2 3.2 2 1.0
Package 4.0-rc2 3.2 2 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.1 1.1.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.23
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1.2
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- --
chromium (62.0.3202.94) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5 4.3.3-P1 4.2.7 4.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.10
firefox (57.0) -- -- -- 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 (3.26.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta 2.02beta 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.22.17 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.08.3) -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.30.0
libreoffice (5.4.3) -- -- -- --
linux (4.14) 4.9.56 4.4.14 3.12.23 3.2.7
Package 4.0-rc2 3.2 2 1.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.10) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.2.5) 17.0.5 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (5.7.20) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.4p1 7.2p2 6.4p1 5.4p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2k 1.0.2h 1.0.1e 1.0.0
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.3 5.22.2 5.18.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.11) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.3) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.9.2) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.7.2) -- -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (235) 231 222 208 --
thunderbird (52.4.0) -- -- -- --
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 (1.19.5) 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 13 review(s)



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Version: 4.0-rc1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-10-22
Votes: 0


I installed Qubes on an external (USB) HD with absolutely no problems, dual-booting from the Update/Security/Recovery/Advanced Startup option in Windows 10. I'm VERY impressed with its solid feel and tight, secure performance. My hardware is an HP Envy 3-in-1, Intel i5 CPU, 32G RAM. I decided to install on the 2nd HD because of the requirement to enable legacy boot in the BIOS, which I thought would mess up booting into the Windows 10 installation on the PC. The caveat that it's relatively slow to boot and run on the external drive is true; however, other than that issue - which is why I rated it 9 in lieu of 10 - Qubes is the most interesting and usable Linux distro I've ever used, bar none. Hats off to Joanna & her crew for the work they've put into Qubes and am looking forward to future releases. BTW i'm running 4.0-rc2 now - hoping to see it out in the real world very soon.

If you can get it installed, running, & fine-tuned to your particular hardware, by all means give it a try. If you've previously used Fedora your learning curve will be relatively short. Good luck!


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-09-26
Votes: 1


Perfect system if you're a bit of security freak (in a good sense of word). It does give you feeling and true instruments to fully control every bit of your daily activity in terms of security.
Some people say that they encountered troubles even to make it work, not to say use. However, this was not the case with me, as I successfully dual-booted it with Windows 10 having no troubles whatsoever.
The only downside of this truly effective (and always interesting to play with!) security system I see in considerably large amount of RAM you'll need. 8Gb is absolute low limit for comfort use. 32Gb should work for everything you'll possibly need.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 4.0-rc1
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-09-21
Votes: 0


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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