Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 21:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "After nearly three years of work, I have a pleasure to announce that Qubes 1.0 has finally been released! [...] I would like to thank all the developers who have worked on this project. Creating Qubes OS has been a great challenge, especially for such a small team as ours, but ultimately, I'm very glad with the final outcome - it really is a stable and reasonably secure desktop OS."
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RE: Comment by BBAP
by MOS6510 on Tue 4th Sep 2012 05:49 UTC in reply to "Comment by BBAP"
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There is a summary:

Key architecture features:

Based on a secure bare-metal hypervisor (Xen)

Networking code sand-boxed in an unprivileged VM (using IOMMU/VT-d)

No networking code in the privileged domain (dom0)

All user applications run in “AppVMs”, lightweight VMs based on Linux

Centralized updates of all AppVMs based on the same template

Qubes GUI virtualization presents applications like if they were running locally

Qubes GUI provides isolation between apps sharing the same desktop

Storage drivers and backends sand-boxed in an unprivileged virtual machine(*)

Secure system boot based on Intel TXT(*)

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