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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: 87 (158), 6 months: 94 (139), 3 months: 90 (133), 4 weeks: 92 (116), 1 week: 76 (121)

Average visitor rating: 9.33/10 from 9 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
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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:
 •2017-06-28 Qubes OS to ge new API
 •2016-05-30 The Qubes build process
 • More Qubes headlines...

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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 (1.1.4.1) 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-P1) -- -- --
chromium (59.0.3071.115) -- -- --
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 (54.0) -- -- 14.0.1
freetype (2.8) 2.6.0 2.5.0 2.3.11
gcc (7.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- --
glibc (2.25) 2.22 2.18 2.12
gnome-shell (3.24.2) -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.16) 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.26) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- --
k3b (17.04.2) -- -- --
kmod (24) 22 15 --
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- 2.30.0
libreoffice (5.3.4) -- -- --
linux (4.11.7) 4.4.14 3.12.23 3.2.7
Package 3.2 2 1.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.6) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- --
mesa (17.1.3) 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.2p2 6.4p1 5.4p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2h 1.0.1e 1.0.0
perl (5.26.0) 5.22.2 5.18.2 5.10.1
php (7.1.6) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.3) -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.9.0) 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.6.5) -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (233) 222 208 --
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 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
9.3
from 9 review(s)



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Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-25
Votes: 0


Qubes is used by us for our online banking. Of course we have 2-Factor-Authentification, but I don't want neither one of those factors compromised. Since the shadow brokers have published a couple of remote exploits which have been "zerodays" for years(!), I do not trust any operating system. Even if you are careful, an attacker only needs to find one flaw. Qubes seems to be reasonable safe, assuming that there is no default backdoor implemented in Xen and dom0. Interesting approach altogether.


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-18
Votes: 0


I'm using Qubes OS since 3 months and I'm positively surprised with the quality of distro-specific tools (related to managing / operating xen domains). Very intuitive (and if you can't figure out how to do something, you'll easily find answer on the home page).
Other than that, the host operating system (dom0) and default templates are Fedora. So all the pros / cons apply here as well.
Hint: There's also Debian template present, so if you come from Debian / Ubuntu world, you can easily configure your xen guests to be running that OS.


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-05-10
Votes: 0



Quebes succeeds in making a workable safety / privacy centred "Distro"
It works out of the box for me, but it took me time to find out how to work with it.

Work is done in DOMAINS, splitting you workplaces up.

Remember it's a security focussed operating system.

Don't compare it to the average Ubuntu or so.

Read the good documentation to get the idea behind Quebes.

Probably one of the few in line with Tails, Subgraph OS perhaps.


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