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Q4OS - быстрая и мощная операционная система для настольных компьютеров, разработанная таким образом, чтобы сочетать в себе классический интерфейс Windows XP, долгосрочную поддержку и базовый набор функций для запуска различных приложений. Система отличается высокой скоростью и низкими системными требованиями.С того дня, когда боссы Майкрософт решили прекратить поддержку Windows XP прошло уже около двух лет, однако не все приверженцы этой некогда популярной операционной системы поспешили с ней расстаться. Причины у них для этого могут быть разными. Кому-то по душе пришёлся её интерфейс, кого-то она привлекает своей нетребовательностью к ресурсам компьютера. Впрочем, есть среди любителей XP и такие, которые всерьёз подумывают о её замене. Можно пойти разными путями. Например, сломать собственные стереотипы и обновиться до седьмой или восьмой версии Windows. Более радикальный путь — отказаться от продукта Microsoft вообще и перейти на другие программные платформы. Если вы склоняетесь в пользу второго варианта, советуем обратить внимание на Q4OS — операционную систему на базе Linux Debian, почти в точности копирующей графическую оболочку Windows XP. Система сделана на основе Debian, оболочка рабочего стола TDM (форк KDE3), систему легко стилизовать под Windows, установка базовых программ сделана в стиле Windows (пакеты для установки программ можно скачать с официального сайта дистрибутива http://q4os.org, для установки дистрибутива есть как Live образы, так и установочные, которые можно скачать здесь или с официального сайта)Придать сходство с Windows XP можно многим версиям Linux, но для этого вам бы пришлось устанавливать специальное программное обеспечение. Только вот Q4OS в этом не нуждается — её сходство с Windows XP является изначальным. Не станем описывать все детали её интерфейса. Сказанного, что роль рабочего окружения в Q4OS играет настольная среда Trinity DE, извлечённая из старой версии KDE 3.x, будет вполне достаточно, чтобы понять, что представляет собой её оболочка.Дистрибутив Q4OS – одна из немногих операционных систем Linux, которые не просто походят на Windows, а идут еще дальше. Некоторые сборки Linux предлагают подобный дизайн рабочего стола, но в остальном существенно отличаются от платформы Microsoft. Q4OS же пытается клонировать Windows, хотя и имеет ядро Linux.Эта похожесть Q4OS на Windows является не просто целью, а предметом гордости разработчиков. Другие дистрибутивы Linux нуждаются во множестве модификаций, чтобы приблизиться к «классической» Windows в плане внешнего вида и общей атмосферы, а Q4OS изначально предлагает такое преимущество. Что может привлечь к Q4OS множество пользователей, недовольных тем, как Microsoft меняет свою операционную систему довольно часто в последнее время.Новая версия Q4OS предлагает настольную среду под названием Trinity DE, выведенную из старого релиза KDE 3.x. Некоторые из давних поклонников Linux наверняка помнят, что превращение KDE в подобие Windows XP когда-то было интересным занятием. И в Q4OS данная возможность все еще существует.«Важное новшество – это интеграция рабочего стола KDE4 в систему Q4OS. Он состоит из двух плазма-тем, конвертированных иконок crystalsvg, темы Splash и оригинальной конфигурации рабочего стола Q4OS. Для обеспечения простой автоматической установки в дистрибутив включен скрипт kde4-install», – поясняют разработчики Q4OS.Если пользователь желает установить полную рабочую среду KDE4 параллельно со стандартной Q4OS, то ему потребуется запустить скрипт kde4-install из терминала. Пользователь сможет выбрать опцию KDE Plasma Workspace типа сеанса в окне входа KDE и испытать совершенно новую среду. Ему также предоставляется полная свобода выбора базового классического рабочего стола Q4OS.Новый релиз Q4OS предусматривает версии Live CD, так что пользователю можно сперва протестировать дистрибутив без установки на жесткий диск. Хорошей новостью является то, что Q4OS прекрасно работает в программе VirtualBox, что существенно упрощает тестирование. Более того, с помощью VirtualBox многие разработчики смогут узнать из Q4OS, как сделать свою систему более совместимой с виртуальными средами.Сходство Q4OS со старым добрым Windows XP прослеживается буквально во всём, даже в процедуре установки (обращаю ваше внимание, устанавливать дистрибутив лучше установочным образом, в Live CD тоже есть возможность установки на жесткий диск, но там больше проблем при установке, к примеру, у меня не переключалась раскладка и заполнить поля логин-пароль на латинице не представлялось возможным, в установочном образе такая проблема отсутствует). Только установку этой ОС нужно проводить с подключенным интернетом, чтобы она смогла загрузить необходимые обновления и послеустановочные пакеты для расширения базовой установки

Установка дистрибутива затруднений не вызывает (опять-же — интернет обязателен). Базовая установка занимает минут десять, после чего система предлагает перезагрузиться. Украинский и русский языки поддерживаются изначально, но локализацию всей системы придется доустанавливать. При первой загрузке системы предлагается выбрать в Профайлере вариант установки из трёх: базовая (она уже загружена и содержит только системные и служебные утилиты, браузер Conqueror, Wi-Fi менеджер Wpa Gui и т.д. по мелочи, что в принципе, никого не устраивает), полная версия Full Desktop – вот её с русской локалью ещё придётся устанавливать, что занимает ещё примерно минут двадцать. Предустановленное программное обеспечение включает в себя:Synaptic — менеджер пакетов с возможностью доустановки из репозиториевGoogle Chrome - веб-браузер от Google Mozilla Firefox - веб-браузер от Mozilla (хотя авторы анонсируют браузер в установочном пакете, требует отдельной установки по необходимости)Mozilla Thunderbird — почтовые клиент и клиент обмена мгновенными сообщениямиLibre Office — полный профессиональный офисный пакетVLC player — мультимедийный плеер в базовыми кодекамиGParted — профессиональный редактор жестких дисковWine — утилита для установки и использования приложений WindowsLook Switcher – утилита для переключения выбранной и латинской раскладкиNetwork Manager — менеджер беспроводных сетейMultimedia codecs — пакет мультимедийных кодеков (лучше ещё и доустановить по собственным предпочтениям)Update Manager — менеджер для автоматического обновления программного обеспеченияVirtualbox Guest Additions — пакет оптимизированных драйверов для VirtualBox Application Server / Client — клиент для ускорения запуска консольных приложенийDevelopment Pack — пакет для разработки программного обеспечения для Q4OSСоответственно, скриншоты операционки прилагаются в архиве. Почти всё предустановленное программное обеспечение вынесено на рабочий стол.Конечно, Q4OS это всего лишь имитация XP и не более того. Главное в операционной системе — это всё же её ядро, а Q4OS имеет ядро Linux, совсем не похожее на «сердцевину» Windows. И чтобы к ней привыкнуть, пользователям волей-неволей придётся освоить некоторые базовые принципы работы с Unix-системами. Как минимум научиться устанавливать и удалять родные для Linux программы и утилиты. Q4OS отличается скоростью и минимальными требованиями к аппаратному обеспечения, работает на современных, а также на устаревших компьютерах. Релиз вышел 22.05.2016, поддержка до мая 2020

Системные требования:- Процессор: Pentium 300MHz и выше- Оперативная память: 128 MB RAM (512 GB рекомендуется)- Место на жестком диске: 3 GB свободного пространства на диске (10 GB рекомендуется)- Дисплей: разрешение 800x600 (1024x768 рекомендуется).- CD/DVD-привод или USB-порт для подключения внешних носителей- Доступ в Интернет (обязателен)

Обзор Q4OS 1.8 Orion(Видео)

В избранное

Недавно, вышла новая версия операционной системы Q4OS 1.8 Orion, которая основана на Debian 8.8 Jessie, и использует очень легкое рабочее окружение Trinity по-умолчанию.

Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) является многофункциональной средой рабочего стола для Unix-подобных операционных систем с основной целью сохранения традиционного, эффективного и производительного пользовательского интерфейса.TDE родился как форк версии K Desktop Environment 3.5, которая изначально была написана в KDE Team, всемирной сети разработчиков программного обеспечения, приверженных к разработке свободного ПО. Имя Trinity было выбрано потому, что это слово означает три, как продолжение KDE 3. С тех пор TDE эволюционировал, чтобы быть независимым и самостоятельным проектом среды рабочего стола.

Q4OS это быстрая и мощная операционная система, основана на новейших технологиях, предлагая высокопроизводительную настольную среду. Разработчики делают ставку на безопасности, надежности, долгосрочной стабильности и консервативной интеграции проверенных новых возможностей. Система отличается скоростью и очень низкими требованиями к оборудованию, работает очень классно на совершенно новых машинах, но, также и на устаревших компьютерах и ноутбуках.

Что нового

В текущей версии Q4OS 1.8.6 было сделано не очень много изменений, но все же, было проделано не мало работы. GTK+3 темы были значительно улучшены в этой версии, была добавлена поддержка Google Chrome 59, который окончательно переехал на GTK+3 библиотеки. Также был написан скрипт, с помощью которого можно сделать эту систему основанную на Ubuntu 16.04(я не пробовал этот скрипт, поэтому все действия вы делаете на свой страх и риск)

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Так как эта система очень похожа на Windows XP, то она подойдет почти для любого компьютера и пользователя, который даже в глаза не видел Linux. То есть, вы можете установить эту систему, например, своим родителям, бабушкам, дедушкам, и они даже и не почувствуют перехода.

Скачать Q4OS Orion

Эту систему, вы можете скачать как на официальном сайте, так и по ссылкам ниже, как 32bit, так и 64bit архитектуре.

Скачать Q4OS 32bit

Скачать Q4OS 64bit

А в этом видео, посмотрите что эта система из себя представляет 

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Q4OS — главный претендент на замену XP из семейства Linux

С того дня, когда боссы Майкрософт решили прекратить поддержку Windows XP прошло уже более полугода, однако не все приверженцы этой некогда популярной операционной системы поспешили с ней расстаться. Причины у них для этого могут быть разными. Кому-то по душе пришёлся её интерфейс, кого-то она привлекает своей нетребовательностью к ресурсам компьютера.

Впрочем, есть среди любителей XP и такие, которые всерьёз подумывают о её замене. Только вот чем? Можно пойти разными путями. Например, сломать собственные стереотипы и обновиться до седьмой или восьмой версии Windows. Более радикальный путь — отказаться от продукта Microsoft вообще и перейти на другие программные платформы. Если вы склоняетесь в пользу второго варианта, советуем обратить внимание на Q4OS — операционную систему на базе Linux Debian, почти в точности копирующей графическую оболочку Windows XP.

Придать сходство с последней можно многим версиям Linux, но для этого вам бы пришлось устанавливать специальное программное обеспечение. Только вот Q4OS в этом не нуждается — её сходство с Windows XP является изначальным. Мы не станем описывать все детали её интерфейса. Сказанного, что роль рабочего окружения в Q4OS играет настольная среда Trinity DE, извлечённая из старой версии KDE 3.x, будет вполне достаточно, чтобы понять, что представляет собой её оболочка.

Сходство Q4OS со старым добрым экспи прослеживается буквально во всём, даже в процедуре установки.

Только установку этой ОС нужно проводить с подключенным интернетом, чтобы она смогла загрузить необходимые обновления.

Всё это занимает каких-то 15 или 20 минут, а это почти в два раза меньше, чем при установке XP.

Не уступает Q4OS и в плане производительности. Для её нормальной работы вполне хватит 256 Мб оперативной памяти.

Конечно, Q4OS это всего лишь имитация XP и не более того.

Главное в операционной системе — это всё же её ядро, а Q4OS имеет ядро Linux, совсем не похожее на «сердцевину» Windows.

И чтобы к ней привыкнуть, пользователям волей-неволей придётся освоить некоторые базовые принципы работы с Unix-системами.

Как минимум научиться устанавливать и удалять родные для Linux программы и утилиты.

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Мини-обзор дистрибутива MX-15

В последнее время, занялся поиском легких дистрибутивов. Хотел найти, что-то достаточно легкое, но в то же время не лишенное красоты и функциональности. Среди претендентов были, Lubuntu, Runtu Lite, Xubuntu и случайно найденный мной MX-15. Сразу хочу сказать, что тестировались все эти дистрибутивы на нетбуке Lenovo IdeaPad E10,с процессором Intel Celeron (2 ядра, по 2ГГц), 2Гб оперативной памяти и встроенная графика Intel GMA HD.

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Критерий отбора

Было решено, записать все эти дистрибутивы на флешку при помощи программы MultiSystem LiveUSB Multiboot, и тестировать все эти прелести по одному в Live режиме. Поскольку у меня очень капризный встроенный модуль Wi-Fi от Broadcom, на некоторых дистрибутивах я остался без интернета, например, Runtu Lite, который очень быстро загрузился и показал неплохое быстродействие. На нем никак не хотел ставиться пакет bcmwl-kernel-source, который порождал все новые и новые зависимости, в итоге я получил неразрешимую зависимость и с Рунту пришлось расстаться. В отличие от Lubuntu, здесь со скрипом и после скачивания примерно двадцати пакетов, модуль Wi-Fi все-таки завелся, но сам дистрибутив какой-то скучный, не пойдет подумал я. В Xubuntu, чтобы установить соединение с интернет, потребовалось только 4 пакета, но быстродействие оставляет желать лучшего.

И вот она темная лошадка. Внятной информации на русском языке об этом дистрибутиве (MX-15), нет. Не беда подумал я и загрузился в Live-режиме. Был приятно удивлен скоростью загрузки и вдруг встроенный модуль Wi-FI, определился и сам нашел необходимые драйвера. Это был первый дистрибутив, где интернет работал из коробки. Это были 2 главных критерия.

Установка дистрибутива MX-15

Не буду описывать здесь установку, об этом вы можете почитать статьи Сергея, Установка OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 или Установка Linux Mint 17.3. Установка MX-15, практически такая же, как и у любого другого дистрибутива. Единственным отличием является то, что нужно задать пароль не только для системного пользователя, но и для root(суперпользователя), в остальном установка идентична.

Первый взгляд и особенности MX-15

Первое, что нужно сказать, этот дистрибутив основан на стабильной версии Debian 8.2, имеет рабочее окружение XFCE 4.12, автоматически интегрированные драйвера Broadcom b43 and b44.

Здесь есть целая куча приложений, среди которых: Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC, Clementine, GIMP, LibreOffice, SMTube. Но главной особенностью я считаю приложение под названием MX-Инструменты, которое экономит время, на поиски и установки, дополнительных программ.

Здесь можно восстановить загрузчик, загрузить кодеки, установить Flash, редактировать меню и репозитории и даже создать загрузочную флешку с вашей рабочей системой.

Еще одной особенностью, я бы выделил программу MX Установщик пакетов.

Что-то аналогичное я видел в одном из дистрибутивов, называлась программа Ubuntu After Install, там было несколько программ, которые можно было установить, лишь выбрав их галочкой и нажать установить. В MX Установщик пакетов похожая ситуация, только программ здесь намного больше и все они разбиты по категориям. Все, что вам нужно это выделить нужные программы галочкой и нажать установить.

Для тех кому непривычно видеть xfce4-панель слева, ее можно с легкостью перевернуть в горизонтальное положение. Делается это при помощи программы MX Ориентация панели.

Вот так получилось, на мой взгляд, удобнее. Также по умолчанию в комплекте идет программа Grub Customizer, таким образом, я настроил стандартный Grub2.

Как заключение

Поскольку этот дистрибутив так шустро бегает, я подумал, что может быть и старые игры на нем будут идти так же шустро. После установки Crossover, я скачал бутылку с игрой FlatOut 2. И если на Ubuntu или Xubuntu, эта игра жутко лагала + ко всему графика от Intel HD, вообще не поддерживалась, то здесь я получил вполне играбельный fps, даже не на самых низких настройках. Конечно, играть в игры на данном нетбуке это жесть, но дело не в этом, дело именно в дистрибутиве. Я не знаю за счет чего, он грузит процессор намного меньше при просмотре hd видео, чем на других дистрибутивах, но это факт, работает он быстрее. К сожалению, у меня нет конкретных цифр, чтобы сравнить его с другими ОС, но вы всегда можете скачать и попробовать MX-15 без установки в Live-режиме.

Единственное руководство на русском языке вы можете почитать здесь.

Огромное спасибо пользователю bicyclist56, на форуме http://forum.mepiscommunity.org/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=38505 за перевод документации и помощь в установке. А вы уже пробовали установить MX-15?

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Q4OS setup and using, user manual, rev. 06/2016

user manual

1. Introduction2. Testing 2.1. Live CD2.2. In Virtualbox 3. Installation 3.1. Install CD3.2. Live media3.3. Postinstall steps 4. Wireless network setup5. Print and Scan 5.1. Hewlett-Packard printers and scanners5.2. Other printers5.3. Scanners 6. Power management7. Hardware sensors8. Touchpad device9. Proprietary multimedia codecs10. Proprietary video drivers11. Users and groups 11.1. Adding a regular user 12. Android interconnection13. Security updates, software management 13.1. Update manager 14. External software repositories15. Alternative desktop environments 15.1. KDE4 Plasma desktop15.2. Other desktops 16. Adding more languages 16.1. Add languages16.2. User setup16.3. Example 17. Miscellaneous tips 17.1. Kickoff start menu17.2. Single click icons17.3. Desktop effects17.4. Autologin17.5. Timezone selection

This paper covers howto setup, configure and use Q4OS operating system. Q4OS is recommended to be used on production machines, as it has been built ontop of rock stable, secured and reliable Debian system tested by lot of people around the World. There is huge stable software base sitting in default repositories, you are free to use it and adjust the system to suite your needs.

2.1. Live CD

If you want to get a quick Q4OS experience or test it within a real hardware, you can safely boot Q4OS live CD, it will write nothing into your harddrive and will not affect your existing installation. It's possible to install Q4OS system directly from live media using the live installer.

2.2. In Virtualbox

We recommend to install Q4OS inside Virtualbox for testing purposes. Enter operating system: Linux, version: Debian (32/64-bit), when you create new virtual machine.

It's appropriate to setup "Virtualbox guest additions" within the guest system to achieve the best performance, there is a convenient auto-installer on the Q4OS webpage available. Installer contains optimized drivers and is preferred to install from original Oracle's or other sources.

In order to make a fresh Q4OS installation, you have to acquire installation or live media first. Download the ISO image from Q4OS web site and create bootable medium. You can burn the ISO image onto a CD/DVD or make bootable USB. The other way is to order prepared media in Q4OS e-shop.

3.1. Install CD

There are two basic options after booting from installation media, classic and fast installation. Classic install will ask you to setup partitioning, so you have option to keep current data, resize existing partitions, or repartitioning harddrive to your wishes. You will be able to free some harddrive space during installation and have Q4OS installed alongside other operating systems. List of systems will be autodetected and offered on every boot.

Fast install will recreate all partitioning on disk drive automatically and format it with no question. It will erase all the hardrive data and install Q4OS into the primary device. Predefined user account will be created, system will ask user to setup a password immediately after the first login.

Note, installation CD doesn't require any network connection, it will install the basic Q4OS system on computers even with no network card.

3.2. Live media

There is an excellent external website, that describes Q4OS installation from the live media in detail. See how to create live usb/cd media, preparing to install and finally Q4OS installation.

3.3. Postinstall steps

The first postinstall step a user should do, is to run 'Desktop profiler' tool, and apply most applicable desktop profile according to his intention. There are a few basic profiles available at the time, however additional different profiles will continue to be created. After applying a profile, user is free to install required applications, the best and recommended way is to use 'Software Centre' from the system menu.

Q4OS fully supports wireless networking, includes fitted 'knetworkmanager' tool to manage wireless connections. If you are looking for more comfortable WiFi manager, we advise you to install external 'Network Manager' from software centre.

5.1. Hewlett-Packard printers and scanners

Install HP Linux printing and imaging system, fix dependencies and setup a printer in terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install hplip hplip-gui avahi-utils cups $ sudo apt-get install libcupsimage2-dev libdbus-1-dev libssl-dev libusb-1.0.0-dev python-dev $ sudo hp-setup

Some HP printers require a downloadable driver plug-in, the 'hp-setup' command will download and install the plug-in automatically.

5.2. Other printers

First list drivers and choose the proper one for your model:

$ apt-cache search printer-driver

Install a specific set of drivers, for example Samsung laser printers:

$ sudo apt-get install printer-driver-splix cups

or you can install all of available printer drivers:

$ sudo apt-get install foomatic-db printer-driver-all cups

Next add and configure printers, open Start menu -> Applications -> Settings -> Print system.

5.3. Scanners

We recommend to use 'Kooka' application for scanning. Install required software and add any users who need access to the 'scanner' group:

$ sudo apt-get install libsane sane sane-utils xsane kooka-trinity $ sudo adduser your_user_name scanner

A user will need to logout and log back in to take effect of the new group. Check the scanner is now recognized:

$ scanimage -L $ sane-find-scanner

If you want to configure a network scanning, see Sane over network.

It is desirable to install power control application for laptops and mobile devices:

$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install rfkill tdepowersave-trinity

Login again, nice power control application will be present in system tray. You will be able to control CPU frequency, view battery status, configure sleep and hibernate actions for different events like lid close, power button push and more.

Most computers come with various sensors, which can be used to watch your hardware and prevent it from unexpected fault. This is where 'ksensors' application comes in. It allows you to access information from temperature, voltage, and fan speed sensors. So, let's install it:

$ sudo apt-get install ksensors-trinity

You will find 'ksensors' monitoring application in the Start menu or in the system tray. It provides convenient graphical interface to view various sensors information from system panel or 'ksensors' main window, and to set alarms, thresholds and actions on limits exceeding. You can add sensors to view with right mouse click on a free space of the 'ksensors' main window.

Q4OS should recognize available sensors automatically out of the box, so you will not need to process further steps. If not so, you have to detect needed kernel modules using 'sensors-detect' terminal command:

$ sudo sensors-detect

You will be asked at the end of scan process, if you want what it finds to be added to '/etc/modules' file, so that it will be loaded with the other kernel modules. Answer 'yes' for doing that and then reboot.

Use default 'synclient' command-line tool to configure Synaptics touchpads. Run the command to see current touchpad settings:

$ synclient

If you will see no settings printout, but 'driver not loaded' message, your hardware is probably not supported. In this case you cannot use 'synclient' tool.

Next command will tell you all the options that are available for the synaptics driver:

$ man synaptics

If you want, for example, to disable touchpad's 'tap to click' simply run:

$ synclient TapButton1=0 TapButton2=0

Many codecs are already available in default repositories. These include codecs for MP3, h364, and AAC encoding and decoding. If you want to install extra collection of professional quality codecs you can run easy to use installer from Q4OS Software Centre. Media players such as VLC and Mplayer make use of these codecs in order to provide support for playback of files encoded through these many different codecs.

Install proprietary drivers to improve video performance and get full 3D acceleration, see graphics card Debian wiki page for detailed instructions. If you have a NVIDIA graphics card, you can run installer from Q4OS Software Centre. It will probe the hardware for related available drivers and install them in a user friendly way.

11.1. Adding a regular user

Open "Users and groups" window:

Control Panel -> System Administration -> Users and groups

Click "Add" button, specify new username and fill user details. Assign users to specific system groups to specify user rights, for example to enable playing a music add user to "audio" group, to install printers to "lpadmin", to provide administrator permissions add user to "sudo" group. It is recommended to assign "cdrom, audio, video, plugdev, netdev, powerdev" groups for newly created users.

Use 'gmtp' application, fast and well arranged graphical file manager, that connects most of phones and other Android devices to PC via usb cable. It offers fast file transfer between a computer and Android device. Install it in terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install gmtp

Attach your device via USB cable, set it as MTP device and run 'gmtp' file manager. You will be able to browse internal directory structure and copy, delete and manage files from your Android device.

Q4OS uses "Apt" package management system and related tools to maintain system health and clean, there is automatic unattended upgrades mechanism to get security and software updates quietly. Apt keeps your computer up to date and safe.

If you need to update your system immediately manually, issue commands in terminal:

$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you want to know how to install additional software, please follow 'Available Q4OS Applications' user manual, available from Documents section of the Q4OS website.

13.1. Update manager

Update Manager notify users about available security and software updates and let them to upgrade system on request. You can easily install Update Manager from the Q4OS Software Centre.

This chapter is intended specifically for power users familiar to Debian package management system. The default Q4OS configuration offers the basic and dependable set of software repositories, if you want to add more external repositories, you are free to follow standard Debian procedures. In addition, Q4OS offers one more easy way to add a set of predefined repositories, see example below.

Suppose we want to install the Opera web browser from external repository.

List available predefined repositories:

$ sudo qrepoadd --gui

Select 'opera' repository from drop-down combobox and click 'Ok' button to add it to the system. Alternatively you can add the repository directly, using terminal command:

$ sudo qrepoadd opera

Install packages:

$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install opera

If you decide to uninstall Opera web browser and disable repository again, run in terminal:

$ sudo apt-get autoremove opera $ sudo qreporm opera $ sudo apt-get update

Keep in mind, adding external third-party repositories is low level system action, and it could deeply influence package database integrity and dependencies. Fortunately Apt package management system contains strong tools for administrators to fix broken dependencies, so you are always able to revert into initial clean state.

Other desktop environments integration into Q4OS system is supported, these could be installed alongside standard Q4OS desktop. Users will be able to choose, which desktop environment to log into, the default Q4OS/TDE or alternative installed, according to the next chapters. On the login screen, there is a 'Menu' button, user would click on it and go to 'Session Type'. There user can select which desktop environment he wants to log into.

15.1. KDE4 Plasma desktop

The highly configurable modern KDE4 desktop is comprised of several original Q4OS components - two Plasma themes, modified crystalsvg icon set, splash theme and desktop configuration. Single-command script for automatic easy installation is included.

The preferred way to setup complete KDE4 desktop alongside standard Q4OS desktop is to run desktop installation chooser in terminal:

$ altdeski

Select 'KDE4' item, it will download, install, check and configure all the needed automatically. If you prefer KDE4 display manager over the default Q4OS/Trinity login screen, run after installation:

$ echo '/usr/bin/kdm' | sudo tee /etc/X11/default-display-manager

Uninstallation of the KDE4 desktop:

$ sudo apt-get autoremove q4os-kde4-desktop kde-plasma-desktop plasma-widget-networkmanagement kmix krusader

15.2. Other desktops

There is desktop installation chooser in Q4OS, that launches auto-installation scripts, the scripts take care about proper installation and configuration. You can simply run the chooser in terminal in order to install more desktop environments alongside default Q4OS desktop. You will be able to select from LXQT, XFCE4 and LXDE desktops.

$ altdeski

It's possible to add multiple languages into Q4OS and set different national environments for different users. Administrator installs separate localization packages and users will be able to switch between different languages. Follow next chapters to prepare system, install localization packages for applications and finaly set an user national environment.

16.1. Add languages

In order to prepare additional languages for regular users, administrator should run new language wizard from terminal. Repeat the command to get multiple languages:

$ addlanguage

If you have installed some applications having separate localization packages, install it as well. Follow Libre Office example:

$ apt-cache search libreoffice-l10n $ sudo apt-get install libreoffice-l10n-xx

Users will be able to individually set installed languages in their user profiles now, see the next chapter.

Optionally, you can change global system locale and timezone:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

16.2. User setup

Pickup and set a locale, please prefer UTF8 locales:

$ chqloc --list $ chqloc --setlocale xx_XX.utf8

Select new user language. Open "Country/Region & Language" dialog from Control panel:

Control Panel -> Regional & Accessibility -> Country/Region & Language

Choose your country clicking the country button. It will set up the user's language as well as various national conventions, for example date and time format, currency, etc.

Select a keyboard layout:

Control Panel -> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Layout

Login again, you will see your profile translated into the chosen language, all installed applications follow your locale settings too.

16.3. Example

Suppose fresh installation of Q4OS with Libre Office suite installed, we would like to set-up German language. Open terminal, run new language wizard to select German language:

$ addlanguage

Libre Office lang pack:

$ apt-cache search libreoffice-l10n $ sudo apt-get install libreoffice-l10n-de

Set user's German locale :

$ chqloc --list $ chqloc --setlocale de_DE.utf8

Open "Country/Region & Language" dialog:

Control Panel -> Regional & Accessibility -> Country/Region & Language

Click first button with country flag and choosse "Europe, Central -> Germany".

Select German keyboard layout:

Control Panel -> Regional & Accessibility -> Keyboard Layout

Login again, you will see your profile translated into the chosen language, all installed applications follow your locale settings too.

17.1. Kickoff start menu

Well arranged, modern style start menu offers search bar, favorites tab, history and more. If you want to switch to Kickoff menu, right mouse click on system panel a context menu will pop up, then navigate:

Configure Panel -> Menus -> Start menu style -> Kickoff

You can restore default start menu the same way.

17.2. Single click icons

Icon activation by mouse doubleclicking is default in Q4OS. It's easy to set single click activation, hover effect and more in control panel:

Control Panel -> Peripherals -> Mouse -> General tab -> Single click to open files and folders

17.3. Desktop effects

This way, you can turn desktop smoothing and beautifying effects on. Note, desktop effects will work flawlessly on modern hardware only, it's not recommended to use it with legacy hardware. Enable desktop effects in terminal:

$ ctrl-compmgr --enable

Disable desktop effects::

$ ctrl-compmgr --disable

17.4. Autologin

It is possible to bypass login screen and login specified user automatically after system boot. There is a simple commandline tool to set or unset autologin into Q4OS desktop. Run in terminal to see all possible options of the command:

$ sudo ctrl-autologin --help

Enable autologin:

$ sudo ctrl-autologin --enable username

17.5. Timezone selection

Run command in terminal to select system timezone:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Q4OS setup and using, user manual, rev. 06/2016

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Q4OS - desktop operating system

Q4OS 2.4 Scorpion, stable
10 October, 2017

We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the brand new stable Q4OS 2.4 version codenamed 'Scorpion'. This is a long-term support LTS release, to be supported for at least five years with security patches and software updates. Q4OS Scorpion is based on Debian Stretch 9.2 and Trinity 14.0.5 desktop environment and it is available for 64bit and 32bit/i686pae computers, as well as i386 systems without PAE extension. We are working hard to release Q4OS Scorpion editions for 64bit and 32bit ARM architectures as soon as possible.

Q4OS offers its own exclusive utilities and features, especially the 'Desktop profiler' for profiling your computer into different professional working tools, 'Setup utility' for the smooth installation of third-party applications, a 'Welcome Screen' with several integrated shortcuts to make system configuration easier for novice users, KDE5, XFCE, LXDE, Cinnamon and LXQT alternative environments installation option and many more.

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Q4OS 2.3.6 Scorpion, final beta
04 October, 2017

We announce the Final Beta release of forthcoming Q4OS Scorpion operating system, allowing anyone to see how it performs. A preliminary release date for the stable new Q4OS Scorpion version is scheduled to October 10, 2017, so if nothing exceptional will happen in the next few days, the new Q4OS Scorpion version will be released very soon.

Anybody is invited to install Q4OS Scorpion and report bugs and glitches for us to be able to make the final release as perfect as possible, you can download the final beta live CD's for x64 and i686-pae CPU architectures from the dedicated Testing releases page.

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Q4OS for Windows installer
20 September, 2017

We are happy to introduce a Q4OS for Windows installer, a testing release at the moment. The installer allows to install Q4OS alongside Windows in an easy way, with no need of modifying an existing Windows operating system, nor any of software installed. Once you perform the setup, you will be able to switch back and forth between Windows and Q4OS each time you restart your computer. This installer is compatible with Windows 7, 8 or 10 versions and it's able to use Secure boot feature, if available in the PC firmware.

The installer is immediately available for download from Testing releases section of the Q4OS website, however we would recommend everyone to read Installation notes first.

If your Windows becomes lagging, it's the right time to try Q4OS out, a lightweight, snappy and easy to use operating system with variety of applications available in repositories. Q4OS is not intended to be a replacement, but the perfect complement to an existing Windows installation.

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Q4OS 1.8.8, Orion
14 September, 2017

The new Q4OS 1.8.8 stable release updates core system packages and implements improvements. Q4OS Orion 1.8.8 is based on Debian 8.9 Jessie and Trinity R14.0.4 desktop environment, it's the maintenance release of the Q4OS 1.8 'Orion' series, and is built on and updates the previous version. Google Chrome, the default Live CD web browser, has been upgraded to its most recent version 61.0.3163.79. Other improvements include polished GTK3 themes, new first boot Systemd configuration script, and more.

Important security fixes and packages updates are provided as well. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the regular Q4OS repositories.

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Q4OS 1.8.7, Orion
28 June, 2017

New Q4OS Orion version 1.8.7 is available. The default start menu named 'Bourbon' has been tuned and polished a bit. First login Q4OS scripts, for example web browser automatic installer, now work on all supported architectures, including arm64 and armhf. As reported recently, we have made several significant modifications in Q4OS Orion to be ready for installation under other Debian based operating systems, so anyone is now enabled to gain Q4OS Orion based on Ubuntu as well as Devuan.

System packages updates and important security fixes are provided as well. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the regular Q4OS repositories.

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Q4OS 1.8.6, Orion
14 June, 2017

We announce the release of a new Q4OS Orion version. Q4OS GTK+3 themes has been significantly improved in this version, supporting Google Chrome 59, which has definitively moved to GTK+3 libraries. We have made several relevant modifications in Q4OS Orion to be ready for installation under other Debian based operating systems, so anyone is now enabled to gain Q4OS Orion based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus as well as Devuan Jessie, see Q4OS based on Ubuntu and Q4OS setup on Devuan. More under the hood improvements and Q4OS specific fixes are delivered as well. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the regular Q4OS repositories.

As claimed, the forthcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 "Stretch" operating system has entered the final phase of development and should be released in a few days or weeks, so we are currently finishing in making to release new Q4OS Scorpion branch based on Debian Stretch. The new Q4OS Scorpion edition should be available in about a month or two after the official release of Debian Stretch.

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Q4OS 1.8.4, Orion
26 April, 2017

The new Q4OS 'Orion' 1.8.4 stable release is out to implement several improvements and fixes. The most significant new feature is integration of alternative desktop environments into the native Q4OS 'Desktop profiler' utility. Users can now select alternative desktops to install and use alongside the default Q4OS Trinity desktop. LXQT support has been depreciated in Q4OS Orion, while we intend to support it thoroughly in the Q4OS 'Scorpion' edition. Icedove messaging application is no more available by the Q4OS installer, as it has been replaced by the real Thunderbird 45.8 release.

Another minor improvements have been implemented and security fixes have been received from the stable Debian base. All mentioned updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from current Q4OS repositories.

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Pine64 port
06 March, 2017

Q4OS development team is pleased to announce brand new edition of the full desktop environment for Pine64 boards, the family of 64bit ARM single board computers. Dedicated images are immediately available for download from the Q4OS downloads site. Pine64 port is based on Debian Jessie distribution and includes a kernel optimized for the targeted Pine64 devices. Anyone is welcome to download the image and create a bootable SD card, please read Pine64 setup guide.

Q4OS on Pine64 hardware runs stably and swiftly, due to its lightness and typical low hardware requirements. The full set of Debian stable and Trinity repositories is included and available for software installation. Please see the official Pine64 wiki entry for Q4OS.

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Q4OS 1.8.3, Orion
01 March, 2017

New update of stable Q4OS 'Orion' desktop is available. Bunch of important packages updates and security patches has been delivered, as well as improvements of the native Q4OS update manager application. All the changes are available for existing Q4OS users via the automatic update process.

Work on the next major version, Q4OS 2.3 'Scorpion' continues as the Debian Project also nears end of development cycle for the Debian GNU/Linux 9 'Strech' operating system, upon which Q4OS 2.3 will be based. The release date is preliminarily scheduled at about the turn of April and May 2017. Q4OS 'Scorpion' will be supported at least five years from the official release date.

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Q4OS 1.8.2, Orion
16 January, 2017

New version 1.8.2 is based on the the most recent release of stable Debian Jessie 8.7, important security patches have been applied and core system packages have been updated. Q4OS Update manager has been rewritten from scratch to provide a robust and reliable tool for safe system upgrades. Other Q4OS specific fixes and under the hood improvements are delivered as usual. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the regular Q4OS repositories.

Most attention is now focused on the development of the testing Q4OS 'Scorpion' version 2.2, based on Debian 9 Stretch. Q4OS 2.2 Scorpion continues to be under development so far, and it will stay as long as Debian Stretch will be testing, the release date is preliminarily scheduled at about the turn of April and May 2017. Q4OS 'Scorpion' will be supported at least five years from the official release date.

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Firefox 50 for ARM devices
18 December, 2016

We have released a special edition of the recent Mozila Firefox, currently version 50, webbrowser for ARM architecture. It's specifically compiled and optimized for Raspberry Pi boards processors, nonetheless this Firefox Release runs smoothly on any device equipped with ARM hard-float processor, for example Chromebooks, tablets, embedded ARM devices and more. Anyone is welcome to follow instructions published on the Raspberry Pi forum in order to install Firefox 50 on an ARM device.

The ARM Firefox repository will be kept up to date as a new Firefox versions will be released, so Q4OS users always automatically get the recent ARM Firefox version.

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Q4OS 1.8, Orion
09 November, 2016

Q4OS development team is pleased to announce immediate availability of the new significant release of the Q4OS 'Orion' desktop, version 1.8. This is a stable version of the Q4OS desktop, based on the recent Debian Jessie 8.6 release and the brand new version of the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment, complete release notes are available on the Trinity desktop environment website.

Some of the Q4OS specific tools has been updated as well, the LookSwitcher tool has been rewritten and users can now choose from different desktop themes. Live Installer offers an easy way to automatically create set of partitions to install Q4OS system to. Support for UEFI systems has been enhanced, important bug fixes and various improvements are provided as usual. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the current Q4OS repositories.

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Q4OS 1.6.3, Orion
05 October, 2016

New version 1.6.3 adds initial UEFI support for both, live CD and install CD. Q4OS media are now ready to boot on UEFI machines, install Q4OS system in UEFI mode as well as automatically insert an entry into the boot manager.

Q4OS Orion 1.6.3 is re-based on the the latest release of Debian Jessie 8.6, system packages have been updated and important security patches have been applied. Q4OS specific fixes and under the hood improvements are provided as usual. All the changes will be pushed via the automatic update process for existing Q4OS users in the days to come.

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Q4OS 2.2, Scorpion, testing
20 September, 2016

Q4OS development team is pleased to announce immediate availability of the new significant update of the Q4OS 'Scorpion' desktop, version 2.2. This is a testing version of the Q4OS desktop, based on the recent Debian 9 Stretch release with the upgraded Linux kernel 4.6, GCC 6 and the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment. The alternative LXQT desktop is supported in Q4OS, so users can have Trinity and LXQT desktops alongside installed and choose which one to log in. Q4OS 2.2 'Scorpion' continues to be under development so far, and it will stay as long as Debian Stretch will be testing. Q4OS 'Scorpion' will be supported at least five years from the official release date.

Anybody is invited to try out the brand new version and report bugs and glitches, you can download live CD's for x64 and i686-pae CPU architectures from the dedicated Testing releases page.

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Q4OS 1.6.2, Orion
15 September, 2016

Another update of Q4OS 'Orion' desktop is available, version 1.6.2 stable. It's a maintenance release of the Q4OS 1.6 'Orion' series, and it's built on and improves the previous version. There are several internal improvements, a bunch of bug fixes and security fixes included.

All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 1.6, Orion
28 August, 2016

The significant Q4OS 1.6 'Orion' release receives the most recent Trinity R14.0.3 stable version. Trinity R14.0.3 is the third maintenance release of the R14 series, it is intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall stability. The complete list and release notes you will find on the Trinity desktop environment website.

New Q4OS 1.6 release includes set of new features and fixes. The default desktop look has been slightly changed, Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu and taskbar has been polished a bit and has got a few enhancements, for example the icons size varies proportionally to the system panel. Native Desktop profiler tool has got new, optimized 'software to install' list.

We are currently pushing all the changes mentioned above into the Q4OS repositories, automatic update process will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 1.4.12, Orion
27 June, 2016

New update of Q4OS 'Orion' desktop is available, version 1.4.12, it is based on the latest release of Debian Jessie 8.5. Important bug fixes and various improvements are provided. The Q4OS native Desktop profiler tool has got new optimized 'software to install' list. All the updates are available for existing Q4OS users from the current Q4OS repositories.

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Q4OS 1.4.11, Orion
06 June, 2016

NVIDIA card detection and proprietary driver installer has been improved a bit, as well as Welcome screen configurator of the Start menu properties. In order to keep current 1.4 Orion line healthy, the new Q4OS version applies security patches and solves a few minor issues. The Orion 1.4.11 has been released for all supported architectures, x64, i386/i686, armhf and a special Raspberry Pi edition. It is currently pushing into the official repositories, for computers of current users to be updated from.

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Q4OS 1.4.10, Orion
23 May, 2016

Orion 1.4.10 introduces after install NVidia graphics card detection and related proprietary drivers easy to use 'qinst-ipvideo' installation script. The default Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu has been polished and improved a bit. Another new script to switch between category and Q4OS menu structure is available, see Q4OS documentation. There is a fix for the annoying delay prior to show logout dialog, this annoying glitch is now completely gone. Numerous under the hood improvements is provided as usual.

All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Real desktop on Raspberry Pi-3
19 May, 2016

One of Q4OS users has installed and configured Q4OS Orion on the recently released Raspberry Pi-3 ARM device, read the nice review.

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Q4OS 2.1 Scorpion, testing
23 April, 2016

New significant update of Q4OS 'Scorpion' desktop is available, version 2.1. This is testing version of the Q4OS desktop based on Debian 9 Stretch with the upgraded Linux kernel 4.5 and the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment. Q4OS 'Scorpion' will become stable, as soon as Debian Stretch will do so.

We have included the 'Bourbon' start menu, the brand new default start menu in Q4OS. The two panel 'Bourbon' menu is highly efficient and customizable and features a search line, favorites, history and more options. System packages have been updated and some improvements have been ported from Q4OS Orion stable version.

We invite anyone to try out this testing Q4OS Scorpion 2.1 and report bugs and glitches, you can download live CD's for x64 and i686-pae cpu architectures from dedicated Testing releases webpage. Keep in mind, testing versions are not intended for daily use in production environments.

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Q4OS 1.4.9, Orion
10 April, 2016

We introduce 'Bourbon' start menu, the brand new default start menu in Q4OS. The two panel 'Bourbon' menu is highly efficient and customizable and features a search line, favorites, history and more options.

Q4OS 1.4.9 'Orion' is based on the most recent Debian 8.4 'Jessie' stable version released a few days ago. System packages have been updated and important security patches have been applied. A significant update for the native Q4OS uninstaller fixes the unintentional removal of the 'locales' package. Numerous under the hood improvements is provided as usual.

All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 1.4.7, Orion
07 February, 2016

Another update of Q4OS 'Orion' desktop is available, version 1.4.7. A complete Trinity repository has been added to the system as the main new feature. Access to all the Trinity software were given to users by default, there is no need to add external Trinity repositories anymore. Bunch of important packages updates and security patches has been delivered as usual.

All the changes will be pushed via the automatic update process for existing Q4OS users in the days to come.

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Q4OS ARM edition
05 February, 2016

We are introducing a brand new Q4OS edition designed for use on various ARM devices. Q4OS 1.4 'Orion' on ARM architecture is a free operating system based on Debian Jessie 'armhf' port. It runs on wide variety of hardware equipped with ARM processors, including Chromebooks, tablets, single board computers, embedded devices and more.

Q4OS is now one of the few distributions offering the full desktop environment on ARM architecture. If you want to install Q4OS on your device, please read the detailed Installation guide.

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Q4OS 1.4.6, Orion
25 January, 2016

This new release updates printing system structure, adds several different improvements, for example a script to revert default desktop settings, and redefines keyboard shortcuts to be more efficient and intuitive. The most recent version of real Mozilla Firefox webbrowser compiled from sources and optimized specifically for Q4OS has been integrated into the default repositories. As announced before, Google will drop support for Google Chrome browser in 32bit version soon. We had to replace it with Chromium webbrowser for i686 architecture, while Google Chrome will continue to be the default browser for x64 Q4OS systems.

Numerous bug fixes and under the hood improvements is provided as usual. All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 2.0.2 Scorpion, testing
06 January, 2016

The main purpose of the new Q4OS 2.0.2 'Scorpion' development build is to fix bugs and update packages and core system. This release is based on the latest Debian 'Stretch' and Trinity desktop 14.0.3 preliminary stable branch, brings improved installer, Linux kernel 4.3 and recent version of most packages and applications. Despite beta status, Q4OS 'Scorpion' flies fairly stably and smoothly.

Q4OS 'Scorpion' will be in development as long as Debian Stretch will continue to be testing, and becomes stable together with it. Official 'Scorpion' support is set at least five years from official stable release date. Anybody is invited to try out the brand new version and report bugs and glitches, you can download live CD's for x64 and i686-pae cpu architectures from dedicated Testing releases page.

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Q4OS 1.4.4, Orion
02 December, 2015

The Q4OS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new Q4OS 1.4.4 release. It's the maintenance release of the Q4OS 1.4 'Orion' series, and is built on and improves the previous version.

The new Q4OS release ships with brand new update notifier and manager, as well as several different improvements. Update notifier pops up an icon in system tray, when updates are available from system repositories and lets administrator to apply them on request. Other improvements include optimized desktop profiles, fast data transfer from Android devices, broader support for various multimedia formats and more. Bunch of more or less important bug fixes, packages updates and security patches has been delivered as usual.

We are currently pushing all the changes mentioned above into the Q4OS repositories, automatic update process will take care about to update computers for current users.

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Q4OS for Raspberry Pi becomes stable
24 November, 2015

We announce Q4OS stable port for the Raspberry Pi / Pi2 series of single board computers. It is based on Raspbian distribution optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Q4OS is now one of the few distributions offering the full desktop environment on the ARM architecture.

Anyone is welcome to download the Q4OS RPI image from the Downloads section of the Q4OS website and install it on a SD card, please read our installation guide. It's possible to buy preinstalled SD card in our e-shop too.

Q4OS on Raspberry Pi runs reliable and fast, due to it's very low hardware requirements. All the native Q4OS features, for example 'Desktop profiler' and 'Setup tool', are fully functional and stable now.

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Q4OS 1.4.3, Orion
15 October, 2015

Another update of Q4OS 'Orion' desktop is available, version 1.4.3. Bunch of important packages updates and security patches has been delivered. There are quite significant under the hood improvements, for example the 'Desktop Profiler' tool to be able to handle and fix possible software database inconsistencies automatically. Proprietary multimedia codecs installation script has been superseded by native Q4OS 'Setup' tool, that enables smooth and user friendly installation of external applications.

The new version brings slight look and feel improvements, updates in the Q4OS Start menu structure, support for Asus Eee-PC devices and more. If someone misses to install specific language package during Q4OS setup, the desktop shortcut for easy additional language installation will be created.

All the changes will be pushed via the automatic update process for existing Q4OS users in the days to come.

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Q4OS for Raspberry Pi
28 September, 2015

We announce the first Q4OS port for the ARM hardware, specifically for the Raspberry Pi / Pi2 series of single board computers. It is based on Raspbian distribution optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Q4OS is now one of the few distributions offering full desktop environment on the ARM architecture.

Anyone is welcome to download the Q4OS RPI image from the Testing downloads section of the Q4OS website and install it on a SD card, please read our installation guide. It's possible to buy preinstalled SD card in our e-shop too.

Q4OS on Raspberry Pi runs stable and fast, due to it's very low hardware requirements. A few of the Q4OS specific features, for example 'Desktop profiler', are not fully functional yet, we are targeting to get them to work as soon as possible.

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Development Pack for Q4OS 'Orion' released
23 September, 2015

The first stable version of Development Pack for Q4OS 'Orion' has been released. Development Pack is the recommended starting point for Q4OS developers, it contains programming IDE and various tools for developers to simplify creation of custom Q4OS applications and native installers. We offer the complete support for independent developers via e-mail [email protected] or public developer forum.

Please visit Developers section of the Q4OS website to get instructions on DevPack installation and read developer manuals in the Documents section before starting your work.

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Q4OS 1.4
04 September, 2015

The significant Q4OS 1.4 'Orion' release adopts new Trinity R14.0.1 version. Trinity R14.0.1 is the first maintenance release of the R14 series, and is the result of several months of ongoing effort by the TDE development team. It brings numerous improvements and fixes, the complete list and release notes you will find on the Trinity desktop environment website.

The changes mentioned above will be pushed via the automatic update process for current users in a few days.

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Project of the Week on SourceForge
31 August, 2015

Q4OS is a featured Project of the Week and will be listed on the front page of SourceForge.net site this week.

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Q4OS 1.2.8
22 August, 2015

This Q4OS release delivers redesigned 'Setup' utility, the native Q4OS tool, that enables smooth and user friendly installation of external applications. It has been improved to be able to solve dependencies of packages in deeper complexity and automatically install extra useful software without the need of additional user intervention. An integrated message-box now displays installation messages much clearer. Several system bug fixes and under the hood improvements has been closed as usual. All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, automatic unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

Now we focus our effort into better integration of GTK themes into Q4OS user interface, it will be introduced within some of the next minor Q4OS releases.

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Q4OS 2.0, development version
04 August, 2015

We introduce the initial development build of the new major Q4OS version 2.0, codenamed 'Scorpion'. This release is based on Debian 'Stretch' and Trinity desktop 14.1 development branch. Q4OS Scorpion will be in development as long as Debian Stretch becomes stable and will be supported at least five years from official release date. Anybody is invited to try out the brand new version and report bugs and glitches, you can download live CD's for x64 and i686-pae cpu architectures from dedicated Testing releases page.

The Q4OS Desktop is a powerful and reliable operating system based on proven desktop model, represented by the recent 'Trinity desktop' environment. Q4OS comes with its own exclusive utilities and features, especially with the 'Desktop profiler' for profiling your computer into different professional working tools, 'Setup utility' for the smooth installation of third-party applications, a 'Welcome Screen' with several integrated shortcuts to make system configuration easier for novice users, KDE4, XFCE, LXDE and LXQT alternative environments installation scripts and many more.

Q4OS is designed to work flawlessly on the latest laptops and desktops as well as older computers, supports a wide range of different hardware. There is native integrated wireless networks manager and numerous drivers and firmware received from the famous Debian base.

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Q4OS Live CD, stable
10 July, 2015

The stable version of Q4OS live CD is available for free download and use. Users are now able to perform safe Q4OS testing on a real hardware without installation. Anybody is welcome to try out and see Q4OS system in action. As an option, it's possible to proceed Q4OS installation directly from the live environment using integrated graphical live installer. You can download the live CD iso from our website and burn it onto CD/DVD or create bootable USB stick, we can recommend to use 'unetbootin' or similar tools for this purpose.

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Live CD, beta
29 June, 2015

The first beta version of Q4OS Live CD is available for download from our sourceforge archive. Anyone is welcome to give it a spin and report issues.

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Q4OS 1.2.5
23 June, 2015

Q4OS 'Orion' 1.2.5 improves power management support and it's able to detect more types of external disk drives partitions. Desktop profiler tool has been optimized to install more accurate profiles. Several internal improvements and bug fixes has been closed. There is a new 'q4os-api' package, that establishes Q4OS specific application binary interface for C/C++ developers.

We exert considerable effort on the development of the Q4OS live installation media now. It could be released in about a month.

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Q4OS 1.2.3
08 June, 2015

The new Q4OS 1.2.3 version is out, brings numerous improvements and some new features. The most significant is the new LXQT desktop environment installation option, users can simply run 'qinst-lxqt' script to install complete LXQT environment, and choose login into LXQT or default Q4OS from the login screen.

Q4OS core system has been updated into just released Debian Jessie 8.1. Both Software Centre and Desktop Profiler tools got numerous of improvements, Software Centre now supports direct uninstallation of applications. Other updates include improvements in hardware support, for example better synaptics touchpads configuration, better power management configuration, Thinkpad laptops detection and more.

All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, automatic unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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X2Go bugfix update
26 May, 2015

X2Go Server has been updated to fix the bug causing Server start crash on some platforms. The bug is related only to Q4OS versions 1.2.x 'Orion' with X2Go Server installation. Admins are encouraged to install the new X2Go Server release, the best way is to use Software Centre. The buggy version of the X2Go Server has to be uninstalled first with the terminal command:$ dash /usr/share/apps/q4os_system/uninst_q4inf/uninstall_x2goserver-q4.esh

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Q4OS 1.2.2
22 May, 2015

We introduce the new 'Software Centre' in this version, now it makes management of free applications much easier. We plan an important option for the Software Centre, which would allow direct purchasing of non-free applications and installing them in Q4OS seamlessly. The other notable change coming with the new Q4OS release is completion of several Welcome Screen translations, thanks to excellent work of external translators from different countries. A few internal improvements and bug fixes has been closed as usual.

All packages will arrive into repositories in the days to come, automatic update process will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 1.2 final
27 April, 2015

We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the new Q4OS 1.2 release, codenamed 'Orion', supported until 1st May 2020 at least.

The Q4OS Desktop is a powerful and reliable operating system based on proven desktop model, represented by the recent 'Trinity desktop' environment. Q4OS comes with its own exclusive utilities and features, especially with the 'Desktop profiler' for profiling your computer into different professional working tools, 'Setup utility' for the smooth installation of third-party applications, a 'Welcome Screen' with several integrated shortcuts to make system configuration easier for novice users, KDE4, XFCE and LXDE alternative environments installation scripts and many more.

Q4OS is designed to work flawlessly on the latest laptops and desktops as well as older computers, supports a wide range of different hardware. There is native integrated wireless networks manager and numerous drivers and firmware received from the famous Debian stable base.

We introduce the new official logo, it will be an integral part of Q4OS branding. The legacy 0.5.x Q4OS branch will continue to be supported by the security team.

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Q4OS 1.1-RC2
14 April, 2015

Users will find Q4OS 1.1-RC2 version, the second release candidate, in a new dedicated Testing releases webpage. Final Q4OS ver.1 will be supported for at least 5 years, the release date is preliminarily set at about the turn of April and May. It is based, as announced, on Debian Jessie and Trinity R14, inheriting new features and packages, but preserving famous Debian stability. There are quite significant Q4OS specific improvements and fixes, UEFI boot support, new firmware and more.

The most important Q4OS specific features include 'Q4OS Welcome Screen' with different integrated shortcuts to make system configuration easier for regular user, XFCE and LXDE alternative environments installation scripts, desktop smoothing effects pre-configuration and many more.

Anybody is welcome to give the RC version a trial and report bugs and issues. Keep in mind we don't recommend to use testing versions in production environments.

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Desktop Profiler and Q4OS 0.5.27
05 March, 2015

We are happy to release the next Q4OS version and introduce brand new handy tool 'Desktop Profiler' integrated. The Desktop Profiler enables one-click installation of different predefined profiles and applications sets, it will help users to configure the Q4OS computer an easy and quick way. Users will find Desktop Profiler in 'System' section of the Q4OS Start Menu.

We are getting closer to release stable Q4OS version 1.0 in expectation of forthcoming Debian Jessie release, stay tuned !

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Q4OS 0.5.18 released
08 September, 2014

New update of the Q4OS distribution is available, version 0.5.18. The new version includes several security updates and updated packages. Lookswitcher, the tool to easy switch between classical and modern user interface, has been rewritten, bunch of GUI improvements have been made. Script for APT database lock detection ported to C programming language. Prepared underlying API for easy installation of recent application versions from backports repository and automatic detection of national environment and language. Q4OS is now stable enough to be recommended for everyday use.

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New applications available
26 August, 2014

There is couple of new powerful applications in Downloads section. LibreOffice suite and Mozilla Firefox installers are ready to be downloaded, autodetecting of the specific system language is included. Firefox installer will always pick the latest stable release version, at the moment it's 31. Keep in mind Firefox is rebranded into Iceweasel for Debian systems, but any functionalities are identical.

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Application Server updated
12 August, 2014

New version of Q4OS Application Terminal Server is out. There are optimizations and bugfixes, especially important one, which fixes dependencies and failing installation on some computers. Get new version 0.3.1-r1 from software downloads section of Q4OS web.

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Website design update
06 August, 2014

Website design has been updated. Find more Q4OS user information as well as press news, we prepare new forum and additional web functionality. Feel free to email us any suggestions.

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Q4OS 0.5.17 dev version released
17 July, 2014

Q4OS 0.5.17 development version has been released. It fixes known "logoff bug", includes several essential bugfixes and look'n feel improvements. This is the first version to be recommended for everyday use !

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Turn Q4OS Into A Complete Windows XP Clone With XPQ4

Last month I wrote a review of Q4OS which is a lightweight Linux distribution which closely resembles older versions of Windows.I received an email advising me to check out XPQ4.In essence XPQ4 provides a theme changer for Q4OS similar to the one used by Zorin.With XPQ4 you can change the look and feel so that your Linux distribution emulates Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.This guide shows you how to get XPQ4, how to install it and adds a little bit extra to really make Q4OS look and behave like Windows XP.It is the perfect replacement for Windows XP users not quite ready to give it up yet.

Before You Begin

The XPQ4 software has been created to work with Q4OS so you will need to install that Linux distribution before you start.Q4OS is really very good and goes down as one of my picks for 2015 with its lightweight look and feel and its attention to detail.

How To Get XPQ4

To get XPQ4 visit http://xpq4.sourceforge.net/.The webpage provides a download link and instructions for installing XPQ4.There are a number of download links available and it is important that you choose the right one.If you installed version 1.4 of Q4OS then you need to choose one of the download links associated with 1.4.For each version there are three possible choices:

  1. A 32-bit version
  2. A 64-bit version
  3. An arm version (for the Raspberry PI)

At the moment the downloads section has 4 sections of downloads:

  1. Version 1.4 Orion. (This is the latest version and use proprietary icons)
  2. 1.4 license free. (Same as 1 but without proprietary icons)
  3. Version 0.5 (Older version with 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Has proprietary icons)
  4. 0.5 license free (same as 3 without the icons).

For those of you that are interested there is also a link to the source code.

How To Install XPQ4

Installation is very straightforward.First of all open the “My Documents” folder by clicking on the desktop icon or navigating via the menu system.Double click on the setup file for XPQ4. (It will be called something like “setup_xpq4_1.4_a1_i386.sh”).The application setup wizard will start.Click “Next” to continue.As a user, your part in the installation process is fairly visual without having to do that much.For instance the first screen checks that you are ok to install XPQ4.If everything passes you can click the “Install” button.A license agreement will now appear.Check the box to say you agree and click “Install”.The installer will now do the work of installing all the files required to make your system look even more like Windows than it did before.After the installation has completed you will get instructions showing how to change the look and feel.

The XPQ4 Desktop Styles

You can access the XPQ4 desktop styles application from the menu under programs -> xpq4.As you can see from the image above there are a number of different possible styles:

  • Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 7/Vista
  • Windows XP Luna
  • Windows XP Classic
  • Windows 2000/NT
  • Q4OS Modern
  • Q4OS Classic

You will notice that Windows 8/8.1 is greyed out. This is because the theme isn’t quite complete.There is a check box that you can click which makes the option available but be aware that the final outcome is quite some way from Windows 8.To be honest though why somebody would choose a Windows 8 theme is beyond me. Even Microsoft have ditched it.When you click the “Apply Theme” button a message will appear asking you to confirm whether you are happy to be logged out in order for the theme to change.After you log back in the new theme will be displayed.The Windows XP Luna theme looks like this:I think that this is pretty much spot on.The wallpaper, icons and start button would be enough to make most Windows XP users feel at home.Even the menu has been themed well.The Windows 7 theme isn’t quite as good and the menu doesn’t really emulate the Windows 7 look and feel.

Extra Applications

This section is more about Q4OS than XPQ4 but adds to the overall user experience.Q4OS has a software centre which provides a link to the Synaptic package manager and a list of commonly used applications.Using this tool you can install Chrome, Teamviewer, Skype, Dropbox, WINE, Picasa, VLC and SoftOffice.SoftOffice has a 30 day license after which you have to pay for the use of the software. You would possibly be better off sticking with LibreOffice.One application that is missing from the software centre is Steam.It is however available within Synaptic.Simply run Synaptic, search for Steam. Check the box and select “Apply Changes”.When you run Steam it will update by downloading 200 megabytes or so of updates and then you can login.The Internet Explorer symbol in the launch bar actually loads Konqueror which doesn’t really work that well.(A bit like Internet Explorer 7 really. boom boom).Something else that really isn’t a good idea but is possible is to actually install Internet Explorer 8.Using Synaptic install Play On Linux and click the “Install a program” link. Search through the list of programs and choose “Internet Explorer 8”. This is quite a big download as it gets the whole Windows XP image.After Internet Explorer has installed you can create an icon and drag it into the launch bar and all that is left to do is to remove the Konqueror icon.By The Way I really do not recommend doing this. Internet Explorer 8 has a lot of security issues.

Summary

There used to be an advert on TV that said “It looks just like a Golf”, “It sounds just like a Golf”, “It feels like a Golf”. With the tag line being why not just buy a Golf.The same could be said for Windows. If you want Windows why not get Windows?Well we all know what has happened to Volkswagen recently. I bet all those people that bought the car that looks like a Golf without being a Golf are pleased about their decision.The same can perhaps be said about Windows. It is better to have a version of Linux that looks like Windows XP than to have a version of Windows which looks like Linux.

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