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Qubes OS

Last Update: 2018-03-29 00:04 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: 60 (185), 6 months: 91 (120), 3 months: 85 (126), 4 weeks: 76 (151), 1 week: 97 (91)

Average visitor rating: 7.61/10 from 31 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
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/
Bug Tracker --
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2014-04-20: Development Release: Qubes OS 2 RC1
 • 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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  • 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 4.0 3.2 2 1.0
Release Date 2018-03-28 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 3.2 2 1.0
Package 4.0 3.2 2 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.7) 1.1.1 1.1.1 1.0.27.2 1.0.23
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1.2
bind (9.13.3) -- -- -- --
chromium (70.0.3538.67) -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.3-P1 4.2.7 4.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.10
firefox (63.0) -- -- -- 14.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.5 2.6.0 2.5.0 2.3.11
gcc (8.2.0) -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.6) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.24 2.22 2.18 2.12
gnome-shell (3.30.1) -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta 2.02beta 2.00 0.97
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.22.17 3.18.9 3.10.9 2.20.1
httpd (2.4.35) -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- --
k3b (18.08.2) -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 23 22 15 --
krita (4.1.5) -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.2) -- -- -- --
linux (4.19) 4.14.18 4.4.14 3.12.23 3.2.7
Package 4.0 3.2 2 1.0
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.10) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- -- --
mesa (18.2.3) 17.0.5 11.1.0 10.1.5 7.11
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.2) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (410.66) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.4p1 7.2p2 6.4p1 5.4p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2m 1.0.2h 1.0.1e 1.0.0
perl (5.28.0) 5.24.3 5.22.2 5.18.2 5.10.1
php (7.2.11) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.0) -- -- -- --
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.13 2.7.11 2.7.5 2.6.4
qt (5.11.2) 4.8.7 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.6.2
samba (4.9.1) -- -- 4.1.9 --
systemd (239) 231 222 208 --
thunderbird (60.2.1) -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2 --
xorg-server (1.20.2) 1.19.3 1.18.3 1.14.4 1.8.0

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
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Version: 4.0
Rating: 2
Date: 2018-09-03
Votes: 0


Qubes showed promise a couple of years ago, but has lost a lot of its initial momentum. It isn't as secure or complete as Tails, or upcoming projects such as subgraph. Installs are still unstable on the whole, and the recent security concerns are worrying.


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-08-21
Votes: 7


Downloaded it, set everything to default, installer error, PCI error, 20x times later finally installed, interface error, this error, that error, steep learning curve is understated. To get the masses to ditch windows it has to be user friendly. I have run Arch and have tried a multitude of distros, this one by far the hardest to get my head around.


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-17
Votes: 4


The desktop OS of the future, available today! Provides security by compartmentalization, allows using multiple Linux distributions, fantastic distribution for development, etc. I could go on and on about how advanced Qubes OS really is. The only downsides of Qubes OS is the learning curve, current lack of GPU passthrough (work-in-progress), and the hardware requirements.


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