Basic knowledge about Qubes Manager

I have a multifaceted (sorry) question about the Qubes Manager window columns. The column at the far-left has an icon with two monitors joined together, or a “blank?” icon, and a special single monitor icon for dom0. Will someone please tell me what these icons mean, exactly ? ;And the next column from the left has icons with different qube shapes…;What is the meaning of each of these different shapes ? ;And, there is a column labeled “internal” What is the significance of this column ? ;And, Please explain the significance of the “Default DispVM” column . Thank You.

Are you on Qubes 4.0 or 4.1? That will affect a lot of the answers to your questions.

I don’t think they really have a well-defined semantics. They were probably just chosen for the sake of having different icons for different things.

@ninavizz, I think this is referring to your icons.

Have a look at this issue:

(If you’re on 4.1, and it’s still unclear, let me know so I can reopen this issue.)

When a disposable is launched from a qube, it’s based on that qube’s default disposable template (if any).

You can read more about disposables here:


These are reasonable questions, and they point to the need for explanatory tooltips for the Qube Manager’s table headings. I’ll add the suggestion to this issue:

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Thank you. Your semasiological tutelage …Am I in the correct forum? Could someone tell me where the “kiddie pool is”? !

You are probably looking for the Getting started page. Once you digested it, you will have a basic concept of dom0, templates, app qubes, service qubes, standalone qubes etc. The icons and shapes you see in the Qube Manager try to help distinguish them visually.

That page also contains a nice list of how-to guides covering common tasks such as update, backup, copy & paste as well as moving files between qubes, installing software and managing peripherals.

It’s not a long read but it will give you the basic concepts after which hopefully the UI will make more sense to you. Windows, OS X and standard Linux desktops are interchangeable since they are all based on the same concepts. Qubes OS basically lets you have many of those computers in one machine with an integrated UI, but that necessitates an understanding of how this is organized and managed. That part is new to you and hence will require a small amount of reading.

You are in the right place. This is the “kiddie pool” :wink:

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…or write me a private message here and I’ll help you in a “Question-Answer” kind of style… :slight_smile:

Wow, suggesting it “only” for 6 years. If it’s not late, +1 from me. Qube manager needs many more things, too.

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