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Last Update: 2023-07-07 17:40 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: 28 (312), 6 months: 29 (325), 3 months: 28 (322), 4 weeks: 42 (240), 1 week: 41 (232)

Average visitor rating: 8.59/10 from 123 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 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 The Linux Shop

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 5.2 4.12 3.16 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
Release Date 2023-07-07 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 5.2 4.12 3.16 2.7 1.8.8 0.5.29
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Version: 5.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-09-26
Votes: 5

This distro should be among the top three right behind(even with)MX linux. Very ingenious implementation of Debian and KDE, Stable fast not overly polished so it gets up and goes quick. It is also hard to break, as I have installed on family members & friends, who are newbies and it stands up and takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I also use this distro as a rescue OS which it does really well also, another good use is as a music storage/player which it does very well. I did not give it a ten because I believe there is no such thing as a 10, as that would be perfect and no distros are perfect, but Q4OS is close. Thank you devs.

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Version: 5.2
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-09-21
Votes: 1

Ran with TDE.

DIstro seems good at first. Easy and fast install.

Love the interface. It's a shame other distros try to be "modern" (i.e. ugly and flat... did I mention ugly?).

The system seems pretty fast, although, granted, my computer is still relatively beefy despite its age.

My good experiences end here.

Upon booting up I am told that the system can automatically install NVIDIA drivers for me. Okay! Let's do it. I restart and... the system is broken and will no longer boot. I have to reinstall. Okay. This happens the next time... and the next time after that. So, I just went with the preinstalled driver. Some things lag because of that, but at least I can use the computer.

The system experiences screen tearing, and I'm not sure how to fix that. Oh, well.

I try to find a Youtube downloader in Synaptic package manager. The first one does not work at all. I mark it for a complete removal and move on to youtube-dl. I use it in the terminal and... it doesn't work. So I close the terminal and look online for what to do. I open the terminal again and try to use Youtube-dl. The command is not found anymore... what?

Last but not least, I'm usually not one to cry, "Bloat!" but this distro has plenty of unnecessary inclusions. Why are there THREE file managers? One shortcut opens up Dolphin, another opens up Konqueror. And if you search for "file manager" in the menu, there comes up Krusader alongside the other two! Which one am I supposed to use???

This distro has great potential, but there's a lot of fixing to do before it's usable.

P.S. I also tried the installation alongside Windows 10, and it didn't work.

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Version: 5.2
Rating: 6
Date: 2023-09-15
Votes: 3

Ran Q4OS in live mode and really loved it. Q4OS is a Linux distro that is easy for old Windows users (Win7, Win8 WinXP etc) to migrate to. The added bonus is Q4OS is light on resources and breathes new life into old computers.

I was so impressed after trying Q4OS in Live mode I went to install it and things quickly went south. Simply put the install completed successfully but Q4OS was not able to come up and no assistance was forth coming from the support forum even after many weeks. if you look at the forum you will see many issues not only remain unsolved but never replied to at all,

So if you are a desktop user you are apparently on your own with Q4OS. That is a shame but the large number of posts in the Q4OS support forum that are not replied to tell the tale. So the functioning distro is a 9, but the support is a 3 which averages to a 6.

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