fast and powerful operating system based on the latest technologies while offering highly productive desktop environment. We focus on security, reliability, long-term stability and conservative integration of verified new features. System is distinguished by speed and very low hardware requirements, runs great on brand new machines as well as legacy computers. It is also very applicable for virtualization and cloud computing.The above text could easily be displayed on the website for a dozen different distributions. I was intrigued however as to what I would get for the 400 megabytes and what I found was surprising, very surprising.
How To Get Q4OS
If it wasn't for the Trinity icon in the bottom left corner and the welcome screen you could be forgiven for thinking that you had just booted into an older version of Windows.
There are icons on the desktop for "My Documents", "My Computer", "My Network Places" etc.
The Windowsy theme continues throughout the distribution including the method used to add networks and set up printers.
The menu is very old school expanding from left to right as you click through the categories. There are two things to point out at this stage and that is the performance is insanely good but navigating through menus in this fashion is time consuming.
On the Welcome window there is an option to switch to the Kickoff menu. This is much more modern and includes a search function.
Connecting To The Internet
The Welcome Screen
Customising The Desktop
- LibreOffice - Office Suite
- Pinta - Image Editor
- Shotwell - Photo Manager
- Google Chrome - Web Browser
- Thunderbird - Email Client
- VLC - Media Player
As Q4OS doesn't come with its own audio player (although you can play music through VLC) I recommend installing Clementine. I also recommend installing the multimedia codecs from the welcome screen.
Clementine in my opinion is the best audio player that Linux has to offer. It has a really clean and crisp interface and makes lining up and playing your music simple.
I have a Western Digital MyCloud device which I can honestly say is the biggest pile of rubbish I have ever bought.
A network storage device which requires an ethernet connection in 2015 is just nonsense. Worse than that, it keeps losing its connectivity and so you have to restart the stupid thing.
Connecting to it from Q4OS however worked a charm.