The official Q4OS blog

Q4OS 1.4.10, Orion

23 May, 2016

Orion 1.4.10 introduces after install NVidia graphics card detection and related proprietary drivers easy to use 'qinst-ipvideo' installation script. The default Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu has been polished and improved a bit. Another new script to switch between category and Q4OS menu structure is available, see Q4OS documentation. There is a fix for the annoying delay prior to show logout dialog, this annoying glitch is now completely gone. Numerous under the hood improvements is provided as usual.

All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Real desktop on Raspberry Pi-3

19 May, 2016

One of Q4OS users has installed and configured Q4OS Orion on the recently released Raspberry Pi-3 ARM device, read the nice review.

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Q4OS 2.1 Scorpion, testing

23 April, 2016

New significant update of Q4OS 'Scorpion' desktop is available, version 2.1. This is testing version of the Q4OS desktop based on Debian 9 Stretch with the upgraded Linux kernel 4.5 and the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment. Q4OS 'Scorpion' will become stable, as soon as Debian Stretch will do so.

We have included the 'Bourbon' start menu, the brand new default start menu in Q4OS. The two panel 'Bourbon' menu is highly efficient and customizable and features a search line, favorites, history and more options. System packages have been updated and some improvements have been ported from Q4OS Orion stable version.

We invite anyone to try out this testing Q4OS Scorpion 2.1 and report bugs and glitches, you can download live CD's for x64 and i686-pae cpu architectures from dedicated Testing releases webpage. Keep in mind, testing versions are not intended for daily use in production environments.

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Q4OS 1.4.9, Orion

10 April, 2016

We introduce 'Bourbon' start menu, the brand new default start menu in Q4OS. The two panel 'Bourbon' menu is highly efficient and customizable and features a search line, favorites, history and more options.

Q4OS 1.4.9 'Orion' is based on the most recent Debian 8.4 'Jessie' stable version released a few days ago. System packages have been updated and important security patches have been applied. A significant update for the native Q4OS uninstaller fixes the unintentional removal of the 'locales' package. Numerous under the hood improvements is provided as usual.

All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 1.4.7, Orion

07 February, 2016

Another update of Q4OS 'Orion' desktop is available, version 1.4.7. A complete Trinity repository has been added to the system as the main new feature. Access to all the Trinity software were given to users by default, there is no need to add external Trinity repositories anymore. Bunch of important packages updates and security patches has been delivered as usual.

All the changes will be pushed via the automatic update process for existing Q4OS users in the days to come.

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Q4OS ARM edition

05 February, 2016

We are introducing a brand new Q4OS edition designed for use on various ARM devices. Q4OS 1.4 'Orion' on ARM architecture is a free operating system based on Debian Jessie 'armhf' port. It runs on wide variety of hardware equipped with ARM processors, including Chromebooks, tablets, single board computers, embedded devices and more.

Q4OS is now one of the few distributions offering the full desktop environment on ARM architecture. If you want to install Q4OS on your device, please read the detailed Installation guide.

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Q4OS 1.4.6, Orion

25 January, 2016

This new release updates printing system structure, adds several different improvements, for example a script to revert default desktop settings, and redefines keyboard shortcuts to be more efficient and intuitive. The most recent version of real Mozilla Firefox webbrowser compiled from sources and optimized specifically for Q4OS has been integrated into the default repositories. As announced before, Google will drop support for Google Chrome browser in 32bit version soon. We had to replace it with Chromium webbrowser for i686 architecture, while Google Chrome will continue to be the default browser for x64 Q4OS systems.

Numerous bug fixes and under the hood improvements is provided as usual. All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 2.0.2 Scorpion, testing

06 January, 2016

The main purpose of the new Q4OS 2.0.2 'Scorpion' development build is to fix bugs and update packages and core system. This release is based on the latest Debian 'Stretch' and Trinity desktop 14.0.3 preliminary stable branch, brings improved installer, Linux kernel 4.3 and recent version of most packages and applications. Despite beta status, Q4OS 'Scorpion' flies fairly stably and smoothly.

Q4OS 'Scorpion' will be in development as long as Debian Stretch will continue to be testing, and becomes stable together with it. Official 'Scorpion' support is set at least five years from official stable 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.

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Q4OS 1.4.4, Orion

02 December, 2015

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.

We are currently pushing all the changes mentioned above into the Q4OS repositories, automatic update process will take care about to update computers for current users.

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Q4OS for Raspberry Pi becomes stable

24 November, 2015

We announce Q4OS stable port for the Raspberry Pi / Pi2 series of single board computers. It is based on Raspbian distribution optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Q4OS is now one of the few distributions offering the full desktop environment on the ARM architecture.

Anyone is welcome to download the Q4OS RPI image from the Downloads section of the Q4OS website and install it on a SD card, please read our installation guide. It's possible to buy preinstalled SD card in our e-shop too.

Q4OS on Raspberry Pi runs reliable and fast, due to it's very low hardware requirements. All the native Q4OS features, for example 'Desktop profiler' and 'Setup tool', are fully functional and stable now.

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Q4OS 1.4.3, Orion

15 October, 2015

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.

All the changes will be pushed via the automatic update process for existing Q4OS users in the days to come.

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Q4OS for Raspberry Pi

28 September, 2015

We announce the first Q4OS port for the ARM hardware, specifically for the Raspberry Pi / Pi2 series of single board computers. It is based on Raspbian distribution optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Q4OS is now one of the few distributions offering full desktop environment on the ARM architecture.

Anyone is welcome to download the Q4OS RPI image from the Testing downloads section of the Q4OS website and install it on a SD card, please read our installation guide. It's possible to buy preinstalled SD card in our e-shop too.

Q4OS on Raspberry Pi runs stable and fast, due to it's very low hardware requirements. A few of the Q4OS specific features, for example 'Desktop profiler', are not fully functional yet, we are targeting to get them to work as soon as possible.

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Development Pack for Q4OS 'Orion' released

23 September, 2015

The first stable version of Development Pack for Q4OS 'Orion' has been released. Development Pack is the recommended starting point for Q4OS developers, it contains programming IDE and various tools for developers to simplify creation of custom Q4OS applications and native installers. We offer the complete support for independent developers via e-mail develop@q4os.org or public developer forum.

Please visit Developers section of the Q4OS website to get instructions on DevPack installation and read developer manuals in the Documents section before starting your work.

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Q4OS 1.4

04 September, 2015

The significant Q4OS 1.4 'Orion' release adopts new Trinity R14.0.1 version. Trinity R14.0.1 is the first maintenance release of the R14 series, and is the result of several months of ongoing effort by the TDE development team. It brings numerous improvements and fixes, the complete list and release notes you will find on the Trinity desktop environment website.

The changes mentioned above will be pushed via the automatic update process for current users in a few days.

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Project of the Week on SourceForge

31 August, 2015

Q4OS is a featured Project of the Week and will be listed on the front page of SourceForge.net site this week.

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Q4OS 1.2.8

22 August, 2015

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.

Now we focus our effort into better integration of GTK themes into Q4OS user interface, it will be introduced within some of the next minor Q4OS releases.

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Q4OS 2.0, development version

04 August, 2015

We introduce the initial development build of the new major Q4OS version 2.0, codenamed '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, KDE4, XFCE, LXDE and LXQT 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. There is native integrated wireless networks manager and numerous drivers and firmware received from the famous Debian base.

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Q4OS Live CD, stable

10 July, 2015

The stable version of Q4OS live CD is available for free download and use. Users are now able to perform safe Q4OS testing on a real hardware without installation. Anybody is welcome to try out and see Q4OS system in action. As an option, it's possible to proceed Q4OS installation directly from the live environment using integrated graphical live installer. You can download the live CD iso from our website and burn it onto CD/DVD or create bootable USB stick, we can recommend to use 'unetbootin' or similar tools for this purpose.

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Live CD, beta

29 June, 2015

The first beta version of Q4OS Live CD is available for download from our sourceforge archive. Anyone is welcome to give it a spin and report issues.

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Q4OS 1.2.5

23 June, 2015

Q4OS 'Orion' 1.2.5 improves power management support and it's able to detect more types of external disk drives partitions. Desktop profiler tool has been optimized to install more accurate profiles. Several internal improvements and bug fixes has been closed. There is a new 'q4os-api' package, that establishes Q4OS specific application binary interface for C/C++ developers.

We exert considerable effort on the development of the Q4OS live installation media now. It could be released in about a month.

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Q4OS 1.2.3

08 June, 2015

The new Q4OS 1.2.3 version is out, brings numerous improvements and some new features. The most significant is the new LXQT desktop environment installation option, users can simply run 'qinst-lxqt' script to install complete LXQT environment, and choose login into LXQT or default Q4OS from the login screen.

Q4OS core system has been updated into just released Debian Jessie 8.1. Both Software Centre and Desktop Profiler tools got numerous of improvements, Software Centre now supports direct uninstallation of applications. Other updates include improvements in hardware support, for example better synaptics touchpads configuration, better power management configuration, Thinkpad laptops detection and more.

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.

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X2Go bugfix update

26 May, 2015

X2Go Server has been updated to fix the bug causing Server start crash on some platforms. The bug is related only to Q4OS versions 1.2.x 'Orion' with X2Go Server installation. Admins are encouraged to install the new X2Go Server release, the best way is to use Software Centre. The buggy version of the X2Go Server has to be uninstalled first with the terminal command:
$ dash /usr/share/apps/q4os_system/uninst_q4inf/uninstall_x2goserver-q4.esh

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Q4OS 1.2.2

22 May, 2015

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 has been closed as usual.

All packages will arrive into repositories in the days to come, automatic update process will take care about to update computers of current users.

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Q4OS 1.2 final

27 April, 2015

We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the new Q4OS 1.2 release, codenamed 'Orion', supported until 1st May 2020 at least.

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. There is native integrated wireless networks manager and numerous drivers and firmware received from the famous Debian stable base.

We introduce the new official logo, it will be an integral part of Q4OS branding. The legacy 0.5.x Q4OS branch will continue to be supported by the security team.

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Q4OS 1.1-RC2

14 April, 2015

Users will find Q4OS 1.1-RC2 version, the second release candidate, in a new dedicated Testing releases webpage. Final Q4OS ver.1 will be supported for at least 5 years, the release date is preliminarily set at about the turn of April and May. It is based, as announced, on Debian Jessie and Trinity R14, inheriting new features and packages, but preserving famous Debian stability. There are quite significant Q4OS specific improvements and fixes, UEFI boot support, new firmware and more.

The most important Q4OS specific features include 'Q4OS Welcome Screen' with different integrated shortcuts to make system configuration easier for regular user, XFCE and LXDE alternative environments installation scripts, desktop smoothing effects pre-configuration and many more.

Anybody is welcome to give the RC version a trial and report bugs and issues. Keep in mind we don't recommend to use testing versions in production environments.

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Q4OS 0.5.29 maintenance version

28 March, 2015

Preserving current 0.5 line, the new Q4OS version applies security patches and solves several minor issues. Desktop Profiler application has been slightly tweaked as well.

Most attention is now focused on the development of the new stable LTS 1.0 version, it will be supported for at least 5 years. The release date is preliminarily set at about the turn of April and May.

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Q4OS 0.5.28 released

12 March, 2015

Version 0.5.28 focuses on Q4OS native utilities 'Desktop Profiler' and 'Setup tool'. These utilities have got a few enhancements and important fixes, stability has been improved. Desktop Profiler now offers more comprehensive packages sets to install.

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Desktop Profiler and Q4OS 0.5.27

05 March, 2015

We are happy to release the next Q4OS version and introduce brand new handy tool 'Desktop Profiler' integrated. The Desktop Profiler enables one-click installation of different predefined profiles and applications sets, it will help users to configure the Q4OS computer an easy and quick way. Users will find Desktop Profiler in 'System' section of the Q4OS Start Menu.

We are getting closer to release stable Q4OS version 1.0 in expectation of forthcoming Debian Jessie release, stay tuned !

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Q4OS 0.5.26 version released

23 February, 2015

The main purpose of this release is to fix 'unetbootin' weighty issue. Some Q4OS USB installation media created with unetbootin utility didn't correctly extract all the archives and packages. It is now fixed as well as several other bugs. Packages updates and fine tuning of Q4OS Setup utility has been made as well.

We prepare new 'Desktop Profiler' tool for one of next Q4OS releases. 'Desktop Profiler' will enable one-click installation of different applications sets, it will help users to configure the Q4OS computer an easy and quick way.

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Q4OS 0.5.25 version released

04 February, 2015

Firmware for many Broadcom wireless devices has been included, so Q4OS will automatically recognize and make ready most of the BCM43 and other wireless network cards. New command line tools 'qrepoadd', 'qreporm' and 'qrepolist' has been introduced to easily handle external repositories, for example 'sudo qrepoadd trinity' adds complete Trinity repository. Q4OS Development Pack is now able to create more comfortable password-less installers for privileged 'sudo' users. It will be used to update most of standard Q4OS application installers in the following weeks. A few another improvements and bug fixes is provided, particularly for alternative KDE4 desktop environment.

Installation CD images has been shrunk again, now occupy only 291 MBytes for x64 and 313 MBytes for i386 architecture. We are getting closer to release stable Q4OS version 1.0 in expectation of forthcoming Debian Jessie release, stay tuned !

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Q4OS 0.5.24 released

20 January, 2015

New command-line tool to globally change display DPI is introduced in Q4OS to be usable with high-DPI screens. Important core system packages updates and security fixes has been applied. Users could appreciate better system integration and cleaner dependencies of Adobe Flashplayer, especially in combination with Firefox 34 or later.

The new version brings improvements for Q4OS developers too. Underlying Development Pack API has been extended with the localization and internationalization tools and unique Q4OS installer has been integrated into core system, so Q4OS self-extracting setup files can be packed much more efficiently.

We are getting ready to bring stable version Q4OS v1.0 in expectation of forthcoming Debian Jessie release, stay tuned !

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Q4OS 0.5.23 released

26 December, 2014

The Christmas release improves XDG standards compliance, brings more accurate GTK3 theme and fixes screen resolution detection weighty bug. Several internal improvements and bugfixes has been closed as usual.

Installation of LXDE and XFCE desktop environments alongside default Q4OS is now enabled, sudo users are free to install using terminal commands 'sudo apt-get install lxde' or 'sudo apt-get install xfce4' respectively.

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Mozilla Thunderbird installer added

12 December, 2014

Installer of Mozilla Thunderbird, the advanced mail and messaging client, has been added into Downloads section of Q4OS website. LibreOffice suite and Mozilla Firefox has been updated to respect most recent Q4OS desktop settings.

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Q4OS 0.5.22 version released

05 December, 2014

The new version improve font appearance for GTK2 applications and brings more accurate GTK2 styles in both classical and modern Q4OS themes. Lookswitcher, the tool to switch between Q4OS desktop themes, now works flawlessly, it has been fixed to prevent styles mixing on some rare switch attempts. Shortcuts in non-default Kickoff menu have been updated. More internal improvements has been made and several minor bugs has been closed.

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Q4OS 0.5.21 version released

26 November, 2014

New Q4OS version 0.5.21 focus on password management and handling, fixes annoying glitches related to sudo command and gui applications running with elevated root privileges. In addition new gui themes has been added for GTK applications to accurately follow Q4OS design. Several bugs has been fixed as usual.

Shrinking of full-offline installation ISO images continue and it has not yet stopped the size of incredible 309Mbytes for x64, respectively 331MBytes for i386 architecture. Feel free to download and explore fast and powerful Q4OS desktop.

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Q4OS 0.5.20 released

11 November, 2014

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 for automatic easy installation is included. If users want to set up a complete KDE4 desktop alongside the standard Q4OS desktop, they will need to run the "kde4-install" script from the terminal. They will be able to choose the "KDE Plasma Workspace" session type option from the login screen and experience the brand-new environment. They will be able to select the 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 login 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 0.5.19 released

29 September, 2014

We are pleased to announce release of Q4OS 0.5.19 version. An alternative "Kickoff" menu has been significantly improved and more GUI translations has been made. There is new "ipcodecs" installer script for super-easy installation of all kinds of proprietary multimedia codecs that you might need.

This release has arrived with several important security fixes, especially all up to now "Shellshock" patches. The automatic update process is enough for preceding installations and users will not have to restart their computers. With this mind, it's likely that more Bash patches will arrive in the days to come.

Q4OS is now stable enough to be recommended for everyday use.

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Q4OS 0.5.18 released

08 September, 2014

New update of the Q4OS distribution is available, version 0.5.18. The new version includes several security updates and updated packages. Lookswitcher, the tool to easy switch between classical and modern user interface, has been rewritten, bunch of GUI improvements have been made. Script for APT database lock detection ported to C programming language. Prepared underlying API for easy installation of recent application versions from backports repository and automatic detection of national environment and language. Q4OS is now stable enough to be recommended for everyday use.

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New applications available

26 August, 2014

There is couple of new powerful applications in Downloads section. LibreOffice suite and Mozilla Firefox installers are ready to be downloaded, autodetecting of the specific system language is included. Firefox installer will always pick the latest stable release version, at the moment it's 31. Keep in mind Firefox is rebranded into Iceweasel for Debian systems, but any functionalities are identical.

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Application Server updated

12 August, 2014

New version of Q4OS Application Terminal Server is out. There are optimizations and bugfixes, especially important one, which fixes dependencies and failing installation on some computers. Get new version 0.3.1-r1 from software downloads section of Q4OS web.

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Website design update

06 August, 2014

Website design has been updated. Find more Q4OS user information as well as press news, we prepare new forum and additional web functionality. Feel free to email us any suggestions.

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Q4OS 0.5.17 dev version released

17 July, 2014

Q4OS 0.5.17 development version has been released. It fixes known "logoff bug", includes several essential bugfixes and look'n feel improvements. This is the first version to be recommended for everyday use !