For the past few months, I’ve been dealing with two major issues with Qubes OS v4.1 on my Librem 14v1:
- The OS crashes/freezes, forcing me to do a force-shutdown. This seems to be highly correlated with new updates being available, particularly with Whonix (whonix-gw-16 or whonix-ws-16).
- Random qubes will randomly and abruptly shut down. I’ll just be sitting here working and I’ll see notifications like “Qube sys-net has shut down.” sys-net seems to be the biggest offender, but I’ve had sys-firewall, sys-whonix, and my debian-11 AppVMs do this as well. This also seems to be correlated with new updates being available, as well as if I had installed updates, but not rebooted the system. In the latter case, I used to simply restart affected qubes after installing updates, rather than rebooting, but this seems to almost always cause trouble (e.g. system crash after a few hours or so), so now I always do a reboot after installing any Whonix, Fedora, or dom0 updates.
I experience one or both of these about every 1-2 days. After encountering this many times, I am relatively confident that these are triggered by new updates being available. In about half of the cases, the system crashes before I’m notified of new updates. However, when I force-shutdown and reboot, then it shows me there are updates available. In the other half of cases, when I’m notified of updates being available, it certainly seems like it’s only a matter of time before the OS crashes if I don’t install them immediately, particularly if I leave the system idle for a while. The combination of updates being available and leaving the system idle has close to a 100% chance of the OS crashing/freezing eventually, noting that this shouldn’t be related to the screen lock/idle timeout because I currently have this disabled to rule this out as a culprit.
Note that I get my system updates through Whonix, which may be related to this issue. Has anyone else experienced this?