Qubes Os is not for everyone.


When I first tried Qubes OS some months ago, it changed my view of security. Many people complains that is not very good for daily work, but I don't think that's have to be true.

I mean, I've using Slackware for some months, the more hard is something, the most creative you became. I'm impressed of myself due to my ability to solve problems.

I don't really know why I chose Slackware, the more I tried to explain, the more false looks for me. But I'm sure that I chose it because the DVD includes lots of useful utilities and windows managers.

With regards with Qubes OS, if you get used to security, then Qubes OS will be a good fit for you. But I don't know what to say, my way of understanding the world is incomprehensible for everyone. In my mind things really complex are too simple for me. By the other hand, frequently complex activities or plans of mine are empty of meaning.

But I think that there are simple things I liked about it: The main filesystem in the Virtual Machines are keep intact and changes are lost in each reboot, I really like how it it's isolated because there doesn't remain the system logs.
You can easy deleted a virtual machine and so easily control the metadata of your activity.

Actually I'm a bit obsessed in controlling the information because everything generates metadata. It's an obsessive-compulsive idea, but maybe I'm not wrong because the experts in security says to treat the information the same as radioactive waste.

Also I do like protecting the information, maybe I just care about information as few people in the world. I also love sharing information.

Does really people has an appropriate computer?

I would say that you should have at least 100G free for Qubes OS, 8G of RAM and a fast SSD. I use a raid with 3 hard disk and the start up process takes some time. I only suspend the computer instead of shutting down it in order to avoid stressing so much my hard disks. Qubes OS is making to suffer my hard disk. You can do many optimizations in the hard disk increasing the cache and delaying the writes.

I highly recommend a PSU because the last time my Qubes Os were ruined with an power outage in my house. The disposables machines uses lots of IO resources. I may say that the Anaconda installer is kind of tricky. It contains little bugs, so you will have to get dirty in the terminal.

Does really people think the more complexity, the more prone to failure?

Actually my Qubes OS system is working with 70 partitions of many kinds, loop devices, device mapper, and traditional, half of them mine, the other half are dependencies for Qubes OS. By the way, I only use 4 workplaces.

So don't be silly and do not create so much workplaces. Sometimes people are afraid of creating a third partition when right here we have tens of partitions.

Does really people know how to use Tor?

I was thinking that we don't need two Whonix installations since we can improvise the Whonix gateway with the Fedora template using a transparent Tor proxy. It's only a matter to modify the tor browser typing about:config and specifying the IP of the router plus the open port 9050. Finally disabling the extension that Start Tor. It's important to do in this way and not enabling the transparent proxy in Tor Browser since the transparent proxy cannot change the IP in each tab.

Does people really realize that more Templates means more updates?

Keep it minimalistic, because installing Qubes OS is like installing 5 operative systems, so it will increase the complexity of maintaining.

Does people really know about Fedora and Debian?

This question is relevant because some people rarely uses Linux, or more important, you may use Linux but don't know about both RPM or Deb package system. The RPM package system is special and sometimes needs kind of maintenance in matters such as expired package cache, or maybe the updates systems is locked.

Another considerations:

Moving files to dom0 isn't the most easy, but you can get used to the command to do it.