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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: 35 (251), 6 months: 39 (228), 3 months: 44 (227), 4 weeks: 31 (267), 1 week: 15 (498)

Average visitor rating: 8.56/10 from 138 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
Download Mirrors https://q4os.org/downloads1.htmlDistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://sourceforge.net/p/q4os/tickets/
Related Websites http://www.q4os.de/
Reviews 5.x: The Register
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 Donate, Buy, or Try The Linux ShopDonate

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-07-07: Distribution Release: Q4OS 5.2
 • 2022-08-01: Distribution Release: Q4OS 4.10
 • 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
 • More Q4OS releases...

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

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Feature 5.5 4.12 3.16 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
Release Date 2024-07-08 2023-05-03 2023-01-01 2018-12-30 2017-09-14 2015-03-27
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1000-1300 800-900 300-900 200-600  
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, Trinity KDE Plasma, Trinity KDE Plasma, Trinity KDE Plasma, Trinity Trinity Trinity
Package Management DEB, Flatpak, Snap DEB, Flatpak, Snap DEB, Flatpak, Snap DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 aarm64, armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV
Journaled File Systems            
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes      
Asian Language Support jp, ko, zh_CN jp, ko, zh_CN jp, ko, zh_CN -- -- --
Full Package List 5.5 4.12 3.16 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
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Version: 5.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-06-18
Votes: 4

For many years, I have been distro hopping, hoping that one day, I'll settle down to one particular distro. I do like the concept of a rolling release distro. Install once, and just do the upgrades. The only one that really had my interest was PCLINUXOS as a daily driver. However, I had an issue with that distro that prompted me to look elsewhere. That's where I found Q4OS on Distrowatch. It came with a windows installer. I wish more distros do that. I downloaded Q4OS and install it on my ancient laptop that still have Windows 7. I chose Trinity as my desktop, and after a bit of tweaking, was going good. Very happy with the stability. Yay! The issue that I had with PClinux was not there. Everything worked. I think I have found my daily driver. I even liked the 5 year support. Good-oh.

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Version: 4.12
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-06-05
Votes: 0

You can install those many programs, I mean just the GUI based ones, most of them need either one of the most common GUIs like KDE, XFCE, GNOME, LXDE so in that moment you install such packet a depencency will be resolved and a compatible desktop engine will be installed, in case there is no native support for Trinity and wrapped around.
And at this point Q4OS is not the light distro as it could be with Trinity only without wrappers.
Native Trinity 10 stars, and also with multiple wrappers, extraordinary stable.
Hope they manage to find some companies that offer paid support in order to grow.

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Version: 5.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-08
Votes: 6

I first became involved with Mandrake Linux after Win 9x kept crashing for no good reason. Mandrake was stable, and the KDE 3x desktop was configurable, simple, and just worked. When KDE went to 4x and later, it lost me. The 'new and improved' GUI seemed to be all over the place, and it was back to Win for me.

The disaster that is Windows 11, along with MS's soon to be lack of support for 10, led me to Q4OS. It runs quite happily in a VirtualBox, and the Trinity desktop is exactly as I remember KDE 3.

I guess if you are looking for the latest and greatest bling, it might not work for you. For me? I'm making it the stop.

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