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Q4OS

Last Update: 2022-04-07 01:33 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: 26 (362), 6 months: 26 (366), 3 months: 25 (357), 4 weeks: 40 (296), 1 week: 30 (346)

Average visitor rating: 8.61/10 from 218 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
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Download Mirrors https://q4os.org/downloads1.htmlDistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/q4os/tickets/
Related Websites http://www.q4os.de/
http://www.q4os.net/
Reviews 4.6: Namakutux
3.8: DistroWatch
3.6: LinuxInsider
2.6.x: LinuxInsider
2.4.x: The Register
1.8.x: DedoimedoDedoimedo
0.5.x: Blogspot
Where To Buy or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2022-04-05: Distribution Release: Q4OS 4.8
 • 2021-11-21: Distribution Release: Q4OS 4.7
 • 2021-09-27: Distribution Release: Q4OS 4.6
 • 2021-06-29: Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.15
 • 2021-02-16: Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.14
 • 2020-12-18: Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.13
 • 2020-11-27: Development Release: Q4OS 4.2 Testing
 • 2020-08-31: Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.12
 • 2020-05-12: Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.11
 • 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
 • More Q4OS releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2017-11-28 Q4OS installed on Windows partition
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Feature 4.8 3.15 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
Release Date 2022-04-05 2021-06-29 2018-12-30 2017-09-14 2015-03-27
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 900-1300 800-900 300-900 200-600  
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 -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i686, x86_64 aarm64, armhf, 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 4.8 3.15 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
Package 4.8 3.15 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.6.1) 1.2.2 1.1.7 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25
amdgpu (22.10.2) 19.1.0 18.1.99 -- -- --
bash (5.1.16) 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.3 4.2
bind (9.18.3) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (101.0.4951.64) 100.0.4896.60 91.0.4472.114 71.0.3578.98 61.0.3163.79 --
cups (2.4.1) 2.3.3 2.2.10 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3
dhcp (4.4.3) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.46.5) 1.46.2 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5
firefox (100.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.12.1) 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9
gcc (12.1.0) 10.2.1 8.3.0 -- -- --
gimp (2.10.30) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.35) 2.31 2.28 2.24 2.19 2.13
gnome-shell (42.1) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (4.10) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.52) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.06) 2.04 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 1.99
gtk (4.6.4) 3.24.24 3.24.5 3.22.11 3.14.5 3.4.2
httpd (2.4.53) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.2) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (22.04.1) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (29) 28 26 23 18 9
krita (5.0.6) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (7.3.3) -- -- -- -- --
linux (5.17.9) 5.10.106 4.19.194 4.9.130 3.16.43 3.2.65
Package 4.8 3.15 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.7.3) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.26.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (22.1.0) 20.3.5 18.3.6 13.0.6 10.3.2 8.0.5
mysql (8.0.29) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (42.1.1) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (510.73.05) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (18.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (9.0p1) 8.4p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1
openssl (3.0.3) 1.1.1n 1.1.1d 1.1.0j 1.0.1t 1.0.1e
perl (5.34.1) 5.32.1 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2
php (8.1.6) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.24.5) 5.20.5 5.14.5.1 5.8.6 -- --
postfix (3.7.2) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (14.3) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.10.4) 3.9.2 3.7.3 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.3
qt (6.3.0) 5.15.2 5.11.3 5.7.1 4.8.6 3.3.8
samba (4.16.1) 4.13.13 4.9.5 -- -- --
systemd (250.5) 247.3 241 232 215 --
thunderbird (91.9.0) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.2) -- -- -- -- 7.3
vlc (3.0.17.4) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.16.0) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.3) 1.20.11 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4

Reader Ratings
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8.6
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Version: 4.8
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-05-10
Votes: 7


This is VERY polished distribution, based straight out of Debian, which gives you 60.000 packages through Synapse. I'm running the 32 bit version on a 2008 Intel Atom N270 netbook with 2GB of RAM and a slow mechanical hard drive. It is probably one of the few viable operating systems on such a low performance computer.

The Trinity Desktop Environment is a gem. It is really very polished. Qt based (KDE derived, not sure), resembling Windows XP while maintaining a very consistent look throughout the system. Trinity is that good and should be more seriously considered in other distributions.

The system also comes with an excellent text based installer that does manual partitioning very well. Installation is minimal, and uponfirst graphical boot you are greeted with a start windows that allows you to choose the main packages / codecs and everything you need to configure your system in a very user friendly way.

Hardware support was excellent, with WiFi, Wireless Printing, Bluetooth, TrackPad, Vertical Scrolling, and keyboard shortcuts (volume, brightness etc) working straight out of on first boot (only bluetooth requires a base package installation, which is offered on the welcome screen).

I'm delighted. Will definitely try this distro on my other test systems and rank it among my favorite distros. Thank you!


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Version: 4.8
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-05-06
Votes: 6


This distro is a wonder that should be in the top three, right with MX and Mint. This distro is very well thought out and the new version is so polished and professional, and yet it will run great on an older machine. What more could you need, a very intuitive gem with speed and a rock solid vast software selection of Debian. There is no weakness here, this is built to survive and get work done. This is distro is not built for beauty, but it does have a charm all of its own, and makes me think of the days of XP when you just got work done.A truly special distro.
Thanks devs


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Version: 4.8
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-04-08
Votes: 13


Everything is set up perfectly out of the box, there is NO WARNING about setup.
The most reliable operating system in the world and the ever-improving Q4.OS.
It's a system that never fails.
I was looking for a KDE-focused distro without a lot of quirky personality. I had Kubuntu installed prior to this and Manjaro prior to that (I've basically used just about every distro in existence at one time of another). Q4OS doesn't offer the breadth of programs an Arch-based distro does, but then again it also doesn't suffer the self-imposed suicide rolling releases succumb to inevitably. Q4OS is significantly better than Kubuntu. It is faster, installs easier, and other software packages install without a hitch that Kubuntu chokes on.


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