Available Q4OS Applications

1. Introduction

This document is intended for Q4OS users, describes howto install available software. Q4OS is built ontop of rock stable, secured and reliable Debian system tested by lot of people around the World. There is huge stable software base sitting in default repositories, you are free to install from.

2. Q4OS software resources

The best and recommended way to easily setup several handy applications and system tools is to use native Q4OS 'Software Centre' available in the Start menu. An alternative method is to follow instructions from Software downloads section of the Q4OS website. Download and save installer, doubleclick it from Q4OS filemanager and follow setup instructions.

3. How to install software from repositories

It is possible to install thousands of verified applications, tools and libraries from Q4OS repostitories, see the next chapters.

3.1 Synaptic package manager

Using Synaptic package manager, you can search, install, uninstall and manage all software from repositories in well arranged graphical interface. You can install Synaptic from Q4OS Software Centre.

3.2 Commandline way

Software from repositories could be installed with 'Synaptic', convenient graphical package manager, see previous chapter, or manually using terminal commands, according to next instructions. You have to be member of administrative group 'sudo' for these operations, open terminal and type commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install desired_application

Software will be installed as a system wide accessories for all users, shortcuts are created under matching group in 'Start menu -> Programs -> Accessories -> XYZ_Group -> Desired_application'. You can then manually link icon to Desktop or somewhere to Start menu.

3.3 Recent applications versions

There is a 'Debian Backports' repository with recent versions of many useful applications, for example LibreOffice, VLC multimedia player, Virtualbox and more prepared. Backports stay unused and passive, until you directly ask to install specific software from. It is straightforward and clean action, having no effect on system integrity.

If you would like to use recent version of some application instead of rock stable Debian version, you have to tell Q4OS to install desired software from backports. See VLC multimedia player example:

$ sudo apt-get -t jessie-backports install vlc

3.4 Adding external repositories

Please follow External software repositories link.

4. Windows applications

Q4OS is ready to run Windows applications using Wine compatibility layer. Wine layer, a direct Windows API replacement, enables to install and run Windows applications without loss of performance, so it is possible to make a free 'Windows box' from your computer. If you want so, install a specifically tuned Wine package from Q4OS Software Centre.

Keep in mind that Wine API is under heavy development and not fully complete yet, so some Windows applications may work great, but others will have breaking issues. At the moment we are working at Wine optimization and close integration into the Q4OS system.

5. Native Q4OS applications

Native, optimized Q4OS software is the absolute primary aim of the Q4OS system. It will be available, if more developers start to develop applications for Q4OS to fulfil considerable Q4OS's potential. Such applications should be based on QT libraries as a native Q4OS API, thus can be really fast with very low hardware requirements, as well as integrated into the graphical user interface.