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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: 67 (174), 6 months: 54 (209), 3 months: 55 (219), 4 weeks: 89 (145), 1 week: 77 (152)

Average visitor rating: 7.78/10 from 18 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

Reader Ratings
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Version: 3.2
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-01-22
Votes: 0


I could not install Q into any of my Win10 AMD machines.
I just ordered the thumb drive version, hoping that there will be some magic on it that is better than mine on a simple download.
Starting to do more altcoin trading, so I need either Qubes or Tails if the thumb drive install for Q fails.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-19
Votes: 3


I use this OS to access/trade/manage cryptocurrencies and it does the job well. Very handy to have multiple domains, some with no net connectivity so I can generate keys, copy the public address over to a networked domain, and move my coins around.

It has the same annoyances as most FOSS distributions in that peripherals are often unsupported, but for basic web browsing and moving data to USB drives Qubes performs perfectly. Haven't noticed any issues using common Debian programs (libreoffice, vlc/smplayer, gparted, chromium). Being able to run Windows 10 in an HVM is a nice perk but there's no audio supported yet.

Also works with Tor right out of the box, which is nice. Very easy to tunnel domains through OpenVPN.

On an i5 with 6gb RAM I'm able to run two domains running Chromium loaded with tabs with no lag, but that's about it.

This and another hard drive with Windows are the only two operating systems I use.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
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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