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Q4OS

Last Update: 2020-02-16 10:13 UTC


Q4OS is a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution designed to offer classic-style user interface (Trinity) and simple accessories, and to serve stable APIs for complex third-party applications, such as Google Chrome, VirtualBox and development tools. The system is also very useful for virtual cloud environments due to its very low hardware requirements.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 31 (329), 6 months: 35 (333), 3 months: 30 (408), 4 weeks: 48 (286), 1 week: 50 (294)

Average visitor rating: 8.65/10 from 166 review(s).


Q4OS Summary
Distribution Q4OS
Home Page https://q4os.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://www.q4os.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://q4os.org/documents.html
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://q4os.org/downloads1.html
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/q4os/tickets/
Related Websites http://www.q4os.de/
http://www.q4os.net/
Reviews 3.8: DistroWatch
3.6: LinuxInsider
2.6.x: LinuxInsider
2.4.x: The Register
1.8.x: DedoimedoDedoimedo
0.5.x: Blogspot
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2020-02-15: Development Release: Q4OS 4.0 Testing
 • 2020-01-03: Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.10
 • 2019-07-15: Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.8
 • 2019-06-14: Development Release: Q4OS 3.7 Testing
 • 2019-04-05: Development Release: Q4OS 3.6 Testing
 • 2018-12-31: Distribution Release: Q4OS 2.7
 • 2018-09-21: Development Release: Q4OS 3.4 Testing
 • 2018-09-07: Distribution Release: Q4OS 2.6
 • 2018-06-02: Distribution Release: Q4OS 2.5
 • 2018-01-29: Development Release: Q4OS 3.1 Testing
 • 2017-10-09: Distribution Release: Q4OS 2.4
 • 2016-08-27: Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.6.1
 • More Q4OS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-11-28 Q4OS installed on Windows partition
 • More Q4OS headlines...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 4.0-testing 3.10 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
Release Date 2020-02-15 2020-01-03 2018-12-30 2017-09-14 2015-03-27
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1500-1600 600-900 300-900 200-600  
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, Trinity KDE Plasma, Trinity KDE Plasma, Trinity Trinity Trinity
Package Management DEB, Flatpak, Snap DEB, Flatpak, Snap DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV
Journaled File Systems          
Multilingual Yes Yes      
Asian Language Support jp, ko, zh_CN jp, ko, zh_CN -- -- --
Full Package List 4.0-testing 3.10 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
Package 4.0-testing 3.10 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
abiword (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.2) 1.2.1.2 1.1.7 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.2
bind (9.17.0) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (80.0.3987.162) 80.0.3987.106 79.0.3945.88 71.0.3578.98 61.0.3163.79 --
cups (2.3.1) 2.3.1 2.2.10 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3
dhcp (4.4.2) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.45.6) 1.45.5 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5
firefox (74.0) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9
gcc (9.3.0) 9.2.1 -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.18) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.31) 2.29 2.28 2.24 2.19 2.13
gnome-shell (3.36.1) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.9) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.04 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk (3.24.15) 3.24.13 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.14.5 3.4.2
httpd (2.4.43) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (19.12.3) 18.08.1 -- -- -- --
kmod (27) 26 26 23 18 9
krita (4.2.9) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.4.2) 6.4.0 -- -- -- --
linux (5.6.1) 5.4.13 4.19.67 4.9.130 3.16.43 3.2.65
Package 4.0-testing 3.10 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.4.12) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.24.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (20.0.3) 19.3.3 18.3.6 13.0.6 10.3.2 8.0.5
mysql (8.0.19) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.36.1.1) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (440.64) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (14) 11.0.6 -- -- -- --
openssh (8.2p1) 8.1p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.1f) 1.1.1d 1.1.1d 1.1.0j 1.0.1t 1.0.1e
perl (5.30.2) 5.30.0 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2
php (7.4.4) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.18.4.1) 5.14.5.1 5.14.5.1 5.8.6 -- --
postfix (3.5.0) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (12.2) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.8.2) 3.7.5 3.7.3 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.3
qt (5.14.2) 5.12.5 5.11.3 5.7.1 4.8.6 3.3.8
samba (4.12.0) 4.11.5 -- -- -- --
systemd (245) 244 241 232 215 --
thunderbird (68.6.0) 68.4.2 -- -- -- --
vim (8.2) -- -- -- -- 7.3
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.2) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.8) 1.20.7 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4

Reader Ratings
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Version: 3.10
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-03-17
Votes: 3


Amazing distro.... Espacially for newbies and beginners... Very nice Trinity or Plasma setup!


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Version: 3.10
Rating: 10
Date: 2020-03-10
Votes: 12


What a rare gem this is! Q4OS was easy to install, and it runs great on my old 10 year old laptop. It's like having a new machine. Everything works perfectly. I cannot find any negatives to complain about.

I am not a KDE fan, but it runs so well and is so nicely integrated onto the distro, I am starting to change my mind. However, I was not impressed by the Trinity desktop.

Considering the many questionable linux operating systems that don't run well or have various issues, Q4OS should be much higher up the Distrowatch rankings.


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Version: 3.10
Rating: 5
Date: 2020-03-10
Votes: 3


This distro is very easy to install. I tried using the trinity desktop version for several days.
Though it has merits, I quit it.

These are some of the main reasons.
- I could not find the way to add language packages.
I began by installing the os n Japanese. My q4os, completely installed, had just two languages such as Japanese and English.
I tried to add other languages such as French, but in vain. There may be some terminal commands to add them, which I never found.

-The os does not read my USB Hard disk drive. It never happens when I use Ubuntu series or Linux Mint.
When using them, there is no problem to use USB Hard disk drives. They can be automatically connected or read.
I found terminal commands at some web sites. But they are beyond me. I looked for some GUI way to do so, but again in vain.

-GDebi package installer is very useful when using Ubuntu series. But it is not among q4os default applications.


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