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DistroWatch.com: Qubes OS

Qubes OS

Last Update: 2016-12-14 13:37 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: 83 (157), 6 months: 98 (142), 3 months: 97 (144), 4 weeks: 93 (136), 1 week: 91 (130)

Average visitor rating: 9.4/10 from 5 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 --
Related Websites
Reviews 3.x: Linux JournalDistroWatch
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2012-12-14: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 Beta 1
 • 2012-09-04: Distribution Release: Qubes OS 1.0
 • More Qubes releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-05-30 The Qubes build process
 • More Qubes headlines...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 3.2 2 1.0
Release Date 2016-09-29 2014-09-26 2012-09-03
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce KDE KDE
Package Management RPM (yum) RPM (yum) RPM (yum)
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 3.2 2 1.0
Package 3.2 2 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.23
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.2 4.1.2
bind (9.11.1) -- -- --
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) -- -- --
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.3-P1 4.2.7 4.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.10
firefox (53.0) -- -- 14.0.1
freetype (2.7.1) 2.6.0 2.5.0 2.3.11
gcc (6.3.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.8.20) -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.22 2.18 2.12
gnome-shell (3.24.1) -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- --
grub (2.00) 2.02beta 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.25) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- --
k3b (17.04.0) -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- 2.30.0
libreoffice (5.3.2) -- -- --
linux (4.10.12) 4.4.14 3.12.23 3.2.7
Package 3.2 2 1.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- --
mesa (17.0.4) 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.0) -- -- --
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.4p1 5.4p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2h 1.0.1e 1.0.0
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.2 5.18.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.4) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.2) -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.6.3) -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (233) 222 208 --
thunderbird (52.0.1) -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.10.2 --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.18.3 1.14.4 1.8.0

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Qubes OS

Average rating
9.4
from 5 review(s)



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Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-11
Votes: 1


I like secure systems. OpenBSD is my main operating system, with only the essential applications installed, to reduce my overall attack surface. Now, occasionally I want to run some linux-only binaries and sacrificing my security for that sucks, and Qubes OS allows me to run them in a controlled environment, and even make them unaware of my location.

The only con about Qubes OS is that while it helps lessen the effects of insecurities, it doesn't actually fix the problem. You still end up with not-so-secure operating systems, the only difference is that they don't cause as much harm to you. It's kind of like owning several houses where you store different things, if one is broken into you don't loose the assets in your other houses, but the best option would be to make those houses as secure as possible. Of course, hardening your "domains" in qubes OS is possible, but more of an effort should be made to make this the default.


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-10
Votes: 0


Excellent concept and rock solid implementation. Some GUI and font snags on high DPI displays, which is why it only got 9 out of 10. .


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-04
Votes: 3


Been working with this distro for about 3 months now, and have adopted it as my main distro.

Really enjoying the learning curve/process and the security model they use.

Excited to see how they develop this further. Security ftw!


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