Q4OS 3.8 “Centaurus”
We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the brand new stable Q4OS 3.8 version, codenamed ‘Centaurus’. This is a long-term support LTS release, to be supported for at least five years with security patches and software updates.Q4OS Blog https://www.q4os.org/blog.html#news190715
The Q4OS development team have released a new version of their Debian GNU/Linux build. What does this mean?
I have a confession to make. I use Q4OS. I also love Q4OS. Here is a bit of background for those who may not know.
Back when Microsoft Windows XP was hitting it’s EOL date, a lot of blogs and people in the technology arena were talking about how it would affect XP users, what they should do, and how should they secure themselves if they didn’t/couldn’t upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1.
When this was going about I heard about a lot of Linux distribution’s that would be suitable for XP users to install and use on their desktops, without security worries. A named came up. “Q4OS”. It was built on Debian stable, and came with a KDE 3.5 fork called “Trinity Desktop Environment” pre-installed? I was sold on this alone. I needed to know what it was all about.
When KDE 4.0 came out, I hold my hands up, I hated it. It was a mess. Now the KDE project got up to the 5th Plasma Frameworks, it is a lot better. Not to take away from those developers for the 4.0 release, but I believe personally, it could have used a bit more bug hunting and polishing before an official release. Pearson Computing came along and made me smile and forked off the KDE 3.5 series of source code and released it as “TDE”. And with that, I was a happy little piggy in my sty.
A lot of KDE 4.0 impressed me, such as the styling of the widgets and colour schemes. However stability was an issue. I am a more business/enterprise minded person. I like software to be stable. I have paid extra and sat back from newly released software just so I could keep the stability as much as possible.
One of the Q4OS specific goals is the ability to have Plasma and Trinity desktop alongside each other installed. Users can switch back and forth between more advanced Plasma or efficient Trinity desktop. Both desktops can independently coexist side by side and don’t interfere with each other.Q4OS Blog.
So when I came across Q4OS, that was built on Debian’s stable branch. Had TDE pre-installed. You can imagine how much I smiled. Well, after heavy testing of their systems on my hardware, I can only comment on how good the stability is thanks to the Debian release branch and the quality of TDE, and the packaging and configuration by the Q4OS team. It becomes an incredibly good cooperation of effort. And I have loved every second of it!
Q4OS 3.8 is now officially out as of today. Quoted from the official blog, at the very top of this post is the announce that it is out now and ready for download. I will be covering this soon, as for my Debian 10 “Buster”? Well, let’s wrap that up in the same post as Q4OS uses the stable branch from Debian with little customisations, and enabling the de facto feature in my eyes, the Trinity Desktop.
You can find Q4OS and the Trinity Desktop links below.