Q4OS 0.5.20

A Linux desktop operating system that features a minimal desktop environment and package selection
Q4OS is an open source distribution of Linux that provides users with a minimalistic computing environment comprised of a lightweight desktop environment and a handful of applications and utilities.

Distributed as 64-bit/32-bit ISO images

The system is distributed as two ISO images, one for each of the supported architectures (32-bit and 64-bit), that can be written to blank CD discs using any CD/DVD burning software, or deployed to USB flash drives using the UNetbootin application.

However, please note that these are not Live CDs, which means that you won’t be able to test the distribution before installing it. The boot prompt provides users with two installation options, as well as an advanced feature that allows OEMs to preinstall the OS on their computers.

Offers two installation methods

As mentioned, the boot medium comes with two installation methods. While the first one, called Classic Install is highlighted by default, we recommend to use the “NO questions, FULL automated” option, which will automatically partition the disk drive and install the operating system.

Installing Q4OS

The entire installation process should take between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on you your computer’s specs, as well as the media used, as USB sticks are much faster than CD discs. When the installation is complete, the installer will reboot the machine and start the Q4OS operating system.

At the login screen, you need to choose the predefined user, without a password. It will then ask if you want to set English as your default language, or choose a different one, as well as to set up a password for the adminq user.

Uses the Trinity Desktop Environment

The distribution uses Trinity DE (TDE), a clone of the old-school KDE3 desktop environment that was used a decade ago on various Linux distributions. It provides users with a familiar interface that looks exactly like the one of the Windows XP operating system.

Default applications

Default applications include the Konqueror web browser, Krusader twin-panel file manager, KWrite and Kate text editors, and a few other utilities. Support for Wi-Fi connection is also included in the distribution.

Bottom line

During our tests, Q4OS proved to be a fast, responsive and stable Linux-based operating system that runs well on low-end machines. It is the perfect Linux OS for Windows XP users!

Reviewed by , last updated on November 16th, 2014

developed by:
The Q4OS Team
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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What's New in This Release:
  • Significant update 0.5.20 of Q4OS Desktop is out. The essential new feature is KDE4 desktop integration into Q4OS system. It is comprised of two plasma themes, converted crystalsvg icons, splash theme and original Q4OS desktop look&feel configuration. Single-command script "kde4-install" for automatic easy installation is included. If user want to setup complete KDE4 desktop alongside standard Q4OS desktop, he will run the "kde4-install" script from terminal. He will be able to choose session type "KDE Plasma Workspace" option on KDM login screen and make experience with brand new environment. He will be free to select basic classical Q4OS desktop too, of course.
  • This Q4OS release brings much more improvements, notably new desktop cursor theme, other slight desktop look changes and simple command line tool "ctrl_autologin.sh" for password-less logins management. As many as possible Q4OS scripts has been updated from bash to dash compatible Posix syntax and several internal improvements and bugfixes has been closed.
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Q4OS is an open source Linux distribution that provides a classic, simple and easy-to-use user interface. It contains ...

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