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2018-01-29 NEWDevelopment Release: Q4OS 3.1 Testing
Q4OS, a Debian-based distribution featuring the Trinity desktop environment, has launched a new development branch. The project’s new testing branch, Q4OS 3.1 Testing, carries the code name “Centaurus” and uses packages from Debian’s Testing “Buster” branch. “We introduce the initial development build of the new major Q4OS version 3, codenamed ‘Centaurus’. This release is based on Debian ‘Buster’ and Trinity desktop 14.0.5 development branch. Q4OS Centaurus will be in development until Debian Buster becomes stable, and 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 cpu architecture 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….” Further information can be found on the distribution’s news page. Download (MD5): q4os-3.1-x64.r1.iso (661MB, pkglist).

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Q4OS is a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution designed to offer classic-style user interface (Trinity) and simple accessories, and to serve stable APIs for complex third-party applications, such as Google Chrome, VirtualBox and development tools. The system is also very useful for virtual cloud environments due to its very low hardware requirements.

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2017-10-09 Distribution Release: Q4OS 2.4
Q4OS is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Debian and featuring the Trinity desktop environment. The distribution has released a new stable branch, Q4OS 2.4, based on Debian 9 Stretch. The release announcement states: “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 64-bit and 32-bit/i686 PAE computers, as well as i386 systems without PAE extension. We are working hard to release Q4OS Scorpion editions for 64-bit and 32-bit 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 short-cuts to make system configuration easier for novice users, KDE5, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon and LXQt alternative environments installation option and many more.” Q4OS is available in Live and Install editions. Download (MD5, pkglist): q4os-2.4-x64.r1.iso (606MB), q4os-2.4-x64-instcd.r1.iso (333MB).
2016-08-27 Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.6.1
The Q4OS team has announced the release of a new version of their lightweight, Debian-based distribution. The new version, Q4OS 1.6.1, ships with an updated version of the Trinity (a fork of KDE 3) desktop environment. “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.” The full release announcement can be found on the project’s blog page. Download (MD5): q4os-live-1.6.1-x64.iso (525MB, pkglist).
2015-12-02 Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.4.4
The developers of Q4OS have announced a new version of the project’s Debian-based distribution. Q4OS features the Trinity desktop environment and can work on low-resource hardware. “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.” Further information can be found on the project’s blog. Builds of Q4OS are available for computers featuring 32-bit and 64-bit x86 processors and there is an image of Q4OS for the Raspberry Pi mini computer. Downloads (MD5): q4os-live-1.4.4-x64.iso (644MB, pkglist).
2015-10-14 Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.4.3
The developers of Q4OS have released an update to their distribution. The new release, Q4OS 1.4.3, includes changes to the application menu layout and methods for acquiring third-party multimedia codecs. “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.” Information on the latest version of Q4OS can be found in the project’s release announcement. Downloads (MD5): q4os-1.4.3-x64.iso (308MB, pkglist).
2015-08-22 Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.2.8
The developers of Q4OS, a lightweight Debian-based distribution featuring the Trinity desktop environment, have delivered a new point release. The new release, Q4OS 1.2.8, features improved dependency management in the Setup application and bug fixes. “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.” Further information can be found on the project’s blog. Downloads (MD5): q4os-live-1.2.8-x64.iso (644MB, pkglist).
2015-08-04 Development Release: Q4OS 2.0 Testing
The developers of Q4OS have announced the availability of a new testing release. The new development branch, Q4OS 2.0 (Testing), combines Debian Stretch packages with the Trinity desktop environment. “We introduce the initial development build of the new major Q4OS version 2.0, code named ‘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.” Further information on the new Testing branch and Q4OS’s utilities can be found in the project’s release announcement. Downloads (MD5): q4os-live-2.0.0-x64.iso (672MB, pkglist).
2015-05-22 Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.2.2
The development team behind the Debian-based Q4OS distribution have announced the availability of Q4OS 1.2.2. This new release presents a minor update to the Q4OS 1.2 series and introduces a new graphical package manager, called Software Centre. “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 have been closed as usual.” This release of Q4OS is available in 32-bit and 64-bit x86 builds. Further details on the release are available in the project’s brief release announcement. Downloads (MD5): q4os-1.2.2-x64.iso (304MB, pkglist).
2015-04-26 Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.2
The Q4OS team has announced the launch of Q4OS 1.2. The latest release is based on packages from Debian 8 “Jessie” and features the Trinity desktop environment. “We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the new Q4OS 1.2 release, codenamed ‘Orion’, supported until at least 1 May 2020. 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.” Further information is available in the project’s release announcement. Download (MD5) the installation CD image from here: q4os-1.2-x64.iso (304MB, pkglist).

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