Qubes OS Reviews

Qubes OS makes other operating systems feel sketchy

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I have used Qubes OS as my primary desktop at home and work for four months, and believe it to be the most effective and reasonably secure operating system available. It can be a little fiddly to set up and use, and you do have to want to run Qubes OS, but after using it, every other operating system feels unsecure. I do not want my SSH keys, private documents, and photos in the same place where a browser or other networked software runs. Browsers are complex and serious flaws seems to be reported regularly for all browsers. I wonder how many flaws are not reported.

I love the ease of use of Tails, Windows 10, TrueOS, Fedora Xfce, and macOS. But their monolithic design (private information and connected applications together in the same environment) worries me. In a world where nothing is perfect, Qubes OS's use of Xen virtualisation seems like a reasonable, effective, and surprisingly easy-to-use approach for the technically inclined, especially given the alternatives. I'm just a guy, but Qubes OS makes me cautiously optimistic about my online privacy and security. Nothing is perfect, but Qubes OS goes above and beyond any other system that I know about.

On what hardware (CPU/Motherboard/GPU) combination did you get it to work?

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Qubes only installs on certain CPU and motherboard combinations. It's pretty unlikely it will work on your machine without extensive tweaking (and knowledge of the Linux command line), and there are no assurances it will work. Less than alpha in quality. 10/10 idea, 1/10 in compatibility. In operation? I have no idea. Ask someone who has managed to get it installed.