Since moving to Linux Distros that only offer Fulltime Linux Root User access it has become difficult to work with ‘Password Dependent’ Distros that have annoying “Authenticate” popups and/or ‘Pesky Passwords’ requirements. However, Q4OS is one of the best put together, from Top to Bottom, Linux Distros I have ever tested so it has been a fun Distro to test!
Q4OS offered two ‘Live’ iso choices – KDE Plasma ‘n Trinity (TDE). With just those two choices, I almost didn’t even test this Distro, but it’s been a boring week. I have always thought the KDE Plasma DE to be too ‘Busy’ ‘n seemed difficult for me to move around in; however, it is in the Top 2 of DE’s, so boils down to a personal choice rather than a fault.
Don’t recall ever trying the Trinity (TDE) DE, but even tho it is considered a Lightweight ‘n Free/Libre DE I found it to be too ‘Lightweight’ and also difficult for me to move around in. For example, I didn’t like the KSnapshot app for taking pics, and couldn’t find anything on “About” or “System Info” that showed me my hardware ‘n software setup…it is an old fork of KDE, so maybe that info is listed as another term (?!?). Also, I was unable to figure out how to add apps to the panel, but that is not uncommon when trying to learn how a new Desktop ‘n panel works.
At this point in my tests, I still found Q4OS interesting enough to continue testing, and its hardware recognition was great. Its documentation was possibly the easiest Linux manual info that I have ever read…trying to read most Linux manuals is akin to pulling teeth from a hungry Lion’s mouth. Even the download page had valuable installation info, and also offered links to the Documentation – Trinity desktop page. Early on, it became obvious that Q4OS was a ‘Well Put Together’ Linux Distro, and I have possibly taken more pics of it than any other Distro since starting this blog. Even added it to the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization app in order to grab better pics, i.e. I was working with two options – Actual ‘n Virtual. Buckle Up ‘n let’s take Q4OS fer-a-spin!
Downloaded the ‘Live’ 697MB q4os-3.13-x64-tde.r1 iso…small iso since there will be a ‘second stage’ after initial installation to target disk. Easy instructions are offered at most all steps ‘n stages, and was directed to How to create a Live-USB using Windows for advice on creating the bootable ‘Live’ USB installation media. It recommended using Rufus.
One of the reasons I also used Microsoft Hyper-V during these tests is that the Trinity DE didn’t have a screenshot app available during ‘Live’ tests – or else I missed it since I didn’t search for “KSnapshot.” Linux Distros often have different names for apps that do the same thing. Linus Torvalds calls it ‘Fragmentation’ ‘n it’s everywhere in Linux. Thusly, Microsoft Hyper-V was used, and some pics will reflect the virtual environment, e.g. the “Msft Virtual Disk” shown in this Partitions pic:
They did a great job working with the sometimes problematic Calamares installer and I had no problems with it. It’s a quick ‘Live’ first-stage install, then a reboot into what I’m calling the second-stage of the installation. Q4OS seems ‘alert’ for anything that they could advise on or help with…definitely a great Distro for any Windows or Mac newbies looking to try Linux. Take this next pic for example:
They’re letting me know that the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ Linux test machine is “powerful enough to operate more advanced KDE Plasma desktop environment.” What other Linux Distro does that sorta thing? Anyway, I stayed with Trinity and was taken next to the Desktop Profiler – a *NOTE* here: I am an amateur Linux tester, some sections may be out of order – i.e. I believe the Desktop Profiler was next!? 😉 It gives you the second-stage option of what software you want installed:
I ended up back at the Desktop Profiler later in the tests, since I decided that Trinity (TDE) was just too difficult for me to work in, but more on that later. It was about that time, that I discovered what a wonderful combination of a package manager ‘n Software Centre that Q4OS had put together!
Synaptic Package Manager is my favorite Linux package manager. Package managers are another ‘Fragmentation’ problem with Linux Desktop…most of them don’t work or are difficult to work with or just plain suk!
I’m going to quote Q4OS at this point – Welcome to Q4OS:
fast and friendly, desktop oriented operating system based on Debian Linux. Providing a set of dedicated utilities and specific optimizations, combined with a focus on getting a productive system easily. This makes it ideal for people who want to get a working environment tailored to individual needs and preferences. From this perspective, Q4OS is suitable for both newcomers as well as experienced computer users.
‘Password Dependent’ or not, the more I test Q4OS the more I am impressed by their focus on Desktop OS users!
The second-stage had finished at this point and I had gone with the “Full featured Desktop” choice (shown pic 4 q4 above) for the actual SSD installation. The Microsoft Hyper-V virtual installation was mainly for pics ‘n double-checking, so I had gone Basic ‘n minimal desktop choices there. Note: ‘Apevia’ is the main Linux test machine ‘n was handling the actual SSD installation…’Antec Jr.’ is my main computer (WIN10 Pro) ‘n it handles the virtual Microsoft Hyper-V tests. It was booting into the ‘Apevia’ desktop Welcome Screen when the NVIDIA-drivers popup wizard popped up:
From the virtual machine installation, a pic of the DE and Welcome Screen:
OK…just found the “About” or “System Info” listed under the dropdown menu of that Welcome Screen!!! Hooray!!! I had also run a Trinity DE search for “hardware info,” but that produced ‘No matches found’. Here’s the newly discovered Hardware Info pic:
Since I found the Trinity DE hardware info, will go ahead ‘n move to how easy switching Desktop Environments (DE) was with Q4OS. As mentioned in above pic 3 q4, I could return to the Desktop Profiler and switch to the KDE Plasma DE. Here’s the surprise I found on that trip:
Up until this point, I had seen no info on any other DE choices besides the Trinity ‘n KDE Plasma. Another dropdown menu reveals that Q4OS actually offers the Trinity, KDE Plasma, LXQT, XFCE, LXDE, Mate, Budgie, Cinnamon and Gnome DE’s!? WOW!
OK, went with the Cinnamon DE change first:
KDE Plasma needed two pics for its info, so I combined them:
The documentation has an interesting “5. Print and Scan” section, so I suspect it is a good OS to look into if you want a printer and/or scanner. It starts with Hewlett-Packard printers and scanners, but covers some others. It also recognized my Pantum printer, but not the Ubuntu drivers that came with it; however, the Pantum is probably 6-8 years old ‘n I just couldn’t get it to work. I’m not into typing terminal commands like “sudo apt install printer-driver-splix cups” in order to get a printer to possibly work with Linux. Ubuntu is the best Linux Distro for printers ‘n scanners…if the printer says “Linux” on the specs it probably means Ubuntu. Personally, if the printer/scanner’s specs doesn’t mention your particular Linux Distro, then the printer/scanner isn’t going to be Plug ‘n Play or have the correct driver.
Certain Hewlett-Packard printers/scanners apparently offer drivers for Debian Linux and Q4OS is based on that. The Trinity Control Panel had a Peripherals icon which led to TDEPrint app in this pic:
That takes you to this Konqueror browser’s impressive Administration page…that actually works.
I clicked on “Add Printer” and it went here:
It recognized my printer, but not the Ubuntu Pantum driver. Most Linux Distros offer nothing like this type of help for a printer setup. Someone with CUPS (“formerly an acronym for Common UNIX Printing System”) knowledge could probably get it working, but humble me ain’t gonna mess with such aggravation in a ‘Plug ‘n Play World’! BTW, that’s the most ‘automated’ CUPS setup I have ever seen. I have a bunch of printer pics, but will show just one more:
It lists a lot of printers on that page, but my Pantum couldn’t provide the correct info. Q4OS Trinity somehow connects you to the correct CUPS site, thru that TDEPrint app. Am not sure…hold on, I haven’t tested Q4OS KDE Plasma and/or Cinnamon DE’s…tick tock tick tock
OK…I knew that Q4OS was a great Desktop OS! Easily extracted and then installed the Ubuntu Pantum-Ubuntu-Driver-V1-1-5.tar.gz driver in the KDE Plasma DE…three more pics with KDE first:
Once it installed on KDE DE then it was also installed ‘n configured on the Cinnamon DE…here:
Trinity is just a puny DE, at best, so the printer now works like this:
Not worth explaining what that pic is about, other than to say Trinity is a puny DE. Worked OK for testing Q4OS, but installing the KDE Plasma DE originally or just prior to the second-stage when the Desktop Profiler suggested installing KDE – see above 3 q4 pic for that info – would’ve been easier, IMHO.
Well, headed to the end of four MS Word pages so will end ‘n send this long post. After getting that printer to work, I will add Q4OS to that #6 spot on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page! Just an *EXCELLENT* ‘n impressive ‘n ‘Well Put Together’ Linux Distro! Most Linux Distro developers have no clue how important printers ‘n scanners are to Desktop OS users, IMHO.
Yes, an impressive job done by the Q4OS developers!
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!