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Qubes OS

Last Update: 2017-11-28 05:30 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: 59 (190), 6 months: 56 (210), 3 months: 45 (244), 4 weeks: 33 (352), 1 week: 45 (241)

Average visitor rating: 7.76/10 from 21 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:
 • 2018-02-01: Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC4
 • 2017-11-28: Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC3
 • 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
 • 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-rc3 3.2 2 1.0
Release Date 2017-11-27 2016-09-29 2014-09-26 2012-09-03
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 4400-4500 4000-4100 2900-3000 1600-1700
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-rc3 3.2 2 1.0
Package 4.0-rc3 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 (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1.2
bind (9.12.0) -- -- -- --
chromium (64.0.3282.167) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.0) 4.3.5 4.3.3-P1 4.2.7 4.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.9) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.10
firefox (58.0.2) -- -- -- 14.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.6.5 2.6.0 2.5.0 2.3.11
gcc (7.3.0) -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.24 2.22 2.18 2.12
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.38) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta 2.02beta 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.28) 3.22.17 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.12.2) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 23 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.30.0
libreoffice (6.0.1) -- -- -- --
linux (4.15.4) 4.9.56 4.4.14 3.12.23 3.2.7
Package 4.0-rc3 3.2 2 1.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.13) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.3.4) 17.0.5 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (390.25) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u161) -- -- -- --
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 (7.2.2) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.1) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.5) -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.2) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.10.1) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.7.5) -- -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (237) 231 222 208 --
thunderbird (52.6.0) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (3.0.0) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.3 1.18.3 1.14.4 1.8.0

Reader Ratings
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Version: 3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-17
Votes: 0


Innovative, ingenious and, once you get used to its structure, simpler and less intrusive than the pseudo-security snakeoil which afflicts the common platforms. Real structural security with minimal fuss! I think it's absolutely wonderful.


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-02-09
Votes: 1


Great concept, not so great interface.
Ran on Lenovo y50 w/ touch.
Works fine as only OS (not dual boot) or as Live from USB. Have not tried Q3 in a VM.
Not a fan of the XFCE GUI or how Q3 decided to interface it. Would be nice if there were more options such as Gnome, Mate, Cinnamon...
Also, was interface supposed to feel like running apps or vm's? Make up your mind Q3.
Built in Whonix is very nice.
Was able to sandbox Win10 and run it inside Q3 with little effort. Could not seem to install games even if I enable access to USB in/for Windows instance.

My (non-professional) conclusion; Not suitable as Virtual replacement.
Fine if you are just looking to make it difficult for your ISP to peep on you.
Otherwise, If you really need a high level of security put it on a vanilla and cheap device that you never connect to an insecure network because there is no such thing as real "security" on any network. There is always an inherent risk factor.



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Version: 4.0-rc3
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-02-01
Votes: 0


The project sounds very good, but why insisting in systemd? Security? Using systemd? ..........It is like old west with no rule, no law.... to bad guys could see you....


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