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"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

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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RE[2]: Comment by BBAP
by bitwelder on Tue 4th Sep 2012 06:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by BBAP"
bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

Thanks! I think also the project screenshot page http://qubes-os.org/Screenshots.html helps to get a first look of what it is and how it works (before looking under the hood).

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RE[3]: Comment by BBAP
by MOS6510 on Tue 4th Sep 2012 07:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by BBAP"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It looks okay, I guess, nothing original.

But basically it's a modified Linux distribution. Therefor I think it kind of stretches the definition of what awards an operating system badge.

Also I think it solves a problem that's not really there. I mean, it's not like hordes of Linux users are running around naked in the streets in blind panic because their desktops are hit by viruses. I suspect that in practice all these extra security layers provider more hassle than the benefit of extra security.

What would be nice is to have some kind of system that allows the user to run any application of choice with added security and make this system an optional install for any Linux distribution.

Not every feature or bell 'n' whistle deserves an entire new "operating system". What is you're happy with your Slackware or Ubuntu, but you do like this idea?

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