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Qubes OS

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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: 75 (157), 6 months: 93 (129), 3 months: 78 (137), 4 weeks: 102 (125), 1 week: 90 (122)

Average visitor rating: 7.86/10 from 36 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
Documentation http://wiki.qubes-os.org/
Screenshots http://qubes-os.org/Screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites
Reviews 4.x: Computing
3.x: Linux JournalDistroWatch
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-01-09: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 4.0.1
 • 2018-03-29: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 4.0
 • 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
 • More Qubes releases...

 •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 3.2.1 2 1.0
Release Date 2018-03-28 2018-11-13 2014-09-26 2012-09-03
End Of Life   2019-03    
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        
Asian Language Support -- -- -- --
Full Package List 4.0 3.2.1 2 1.0
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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-03
Votes: 5

I'm a Linux noob and I've just recently installed Qubes OS on a cheap 120GB PNY SSD. Qubes recommends a "very fast" SSD, but I'm finding that the $30 SSD I bought to try it out on is working quite well, though of course the more VM's you run, the more you'll need a faster drive. I ran into a couple of little hitches along the way, one thing to check before you get started with installing is that your chipset will run Intel VT-x or the AMD equivalent. It's in the "recommended" specs, not the minimum, but when I went to install, I was given a warning that only power users should proceed without it. Fortunately my chipset wasn't too old and I just had to go into my UEFI to activate it. My chip is from four or five years ago, so you most likely have it anyway. Now that I realize everything that Qubes can do, including running Windows (Hey, there are Windows apps I like, I'm not going to turn into a Linux snob, okay? lol) and an assortment of other Linux distros, I'm going to order an NVME SSD and start running this as my main OS!

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-04-17
Votes: 17

As a Linux noob I did plenty of research on which distro to call my daily driver. Yes, I tried the popular distro's, Ubuntu, Mint, etc. and they are all good choices but due to the ever growing security threats, hacks, exploits, that are discovered almost daily I decided to choose the most secure OS available to date. First, I installed Qubes v4.01 on a well used and very affordable 15" Dell Latitude e65xx laptop, 16Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD after researching the helpful Qubes HCL. It installed without a glitch. Configuration of Qubes is a challenge I'll admit but most will be able to handle the task with a fair amount of patience and some due diligence.
I'm VERY impressed with Qubes OS so I recently decided to purchase some serious hardware to install it on. Again, it works VERY well on the Purism Librem 15 and I have zero complaints so far with this combination. I look forward to the next version of Qubes to see how they will make it even better. Here's your take away from this review. If a middle aged Linux Noob can embrace and install and use Qubes, anyone can do the same.....

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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-22
Votes: 6

ive been using this since version 2
absolutely love it, its my daily desktop
I have domains running fedora, kali, debian, and windows all of them seamlessly (except windows)

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