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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: 66 (174), 6 months: 54 (208), 3 months: 56 (218), 4 weeks: 86 (144), 1 week: 77 (153)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 16 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:
 • 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
 • 2013-02-28: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 Beta 2
 • 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 (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1.2
bind (9.11.2-P1) -- -- -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.5 4.3.3-P1 4.2.7 4.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.10
firefox (58.0) -- -- -- 14.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.6.5 2.6.0 2.5.0 2.3.11
gcc (7.2.0) -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 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+ (3.22.26) 3.22.17 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (17.12.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 23 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- 2.30.0
libreoffice (5.4.4) -- -- -- --
linux (4.14.14) 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 (10.2.12) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- --
mesa (17.3.3) 17.0.5 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- -- -- --
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 (7.2.1) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.4) -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.10.0) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.7.4) -- -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (236) 231 222 208 --
thunderbird (52.5.2) -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (2.2.8) -- -- -- --
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

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Version: 3.2
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-01-12
Votes: 2


Installed easily, no problems there. Once I began testing over a period of 7 days I quickly learned that (in my opinion) this OS is fine for security, but it is simply too restrictive for day-to-day work. If your sole purpose for using a computer is anonymous/secure transfer of information then I would recommend Qubes wholeheartedly. If, on the other hand, you have other needs for your computing (networking, file sharing, basic normal work related things) then I cannot recommend this OS. I love the idea behind it and I suppose if you needed some level of protection against well-funded adversaries then this would be ideal, but certainly not for work-a-day needs.

I also noticed that even with the heavy documentation on the Qubes website, there really isn't much help for problems that arise and aren't addressed in the documentation. I found a few Google "forums" but most of them were dated... in other words there doesn't seem to be an active user-driven community to get answers.

The UI was, well, less than appealing. I didn't expect the bells and whistles of the more mainstream distros, but I also didn't expect the look and feel of Linux back in the early 2000s. I wish this distro/project the best and if it ever becomes more than a system for those who need to thwart well-funded adversaries and more actual getting work done then I will give it another try.


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-01-11
Votes: 1


Probably very secure operating system of interesting architecture, but for standard work as a desktop (when is necessary handling files between computers) useless. According to security risk associated with the file transport using usb media, such a easy think as a transfer of a file (measured data from any laboratory instrument) from usb stick into computer is not straitforward. The most horrible story is about dom0, the most secured domain. I tried to install qubes-windows-tools from terminal in dom0 (to better integration of windows in hardware-virtualized mashine), but no such file was found in repositaries. I tried also unstable and tested versions, but with the same error message. Probably this is because dom0 is not connected to internet from safety reasons, this connection should be enabled for limited time, but this is not working and the internet is off even when I tried to install software. OK, I also tried to download the rpm package qubes-windows-tools from different domain (untrusted) ant copy it as a file into /home folfer in dom0 domain using special set of commands (according to qubes manual). Dom0 is so much secured, that even sudo-enabled root is not privileged to copy rpm package into dom0 domain.Access denied - without any other explanation. This is system for itself, but not for standard using, when you need transport files, install software, etc. Maybe it is good for people in ilegality, for handling of sensitive data, but really it is not for daily use on a desktop. I have a good idea for qubes developers - even more secured computer is computer which is switched-off, without eletricity and without network. Nobody can attack such a copmuter, even exploiting the hardware buggs in many CPUs today. But also nobody can use such a computer.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.2
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-11-27
Votes: 2


You can not for me use the unbootn' to boot this. It crash and waste of effort. The 4.0 system effort freezes too Hello, I spend whole day (18 hours)trying to install this. From the bootloader it will freeze crash
curser bouncing slow to repsond, No media fail & No boot on Unbootn Crash on blue page No auto start in 1 second. Failed Load Kernal modules. On 3.2 version. The other 4.0 version dracut- initqeue[504] /dev/root does not exist timeout
entering emergency mode ,exit the shell to continue type "journalctl' to review system
Please tell me when you get all the bugs out.I had high hopes on this ,but this system
both should be offer out. I wished it was very easy to install and I be impress. But , I am disappointed. I wanted a very mickey mouse smooth install and very working impressive os. Well? Thank you. Also, it is not easy to leave a note to them. I wasted time and effort on this. I also checked on virus on them. It's a buggy! I hate windows and this makes windows good. Please avoid this os .


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