I’m new and I’ve been testing QubesOS 4.0 for some weeks on my old PC now (e.g. 8G RAM, not upgradable). I really love it a lot!
It’s really amazing what the team has built and I’m positively surprised how well it works as a daily driver (even on such low-scale hardware).
Now, I’m considering to invest into a better desktop PC (especially with more RAM).
Even though I would generally prefer AMD, I read that Intel would be the safer choice.
I see 4 options:
1) Invest in a longterm PC that will be quite good for several years and use it with 4.1 alpha
From what I read in the forum, many people are already using 4.1 and seem quite happy with it.
But is it really stable enough as a daily driver? I think I read somewhere that Dom0 updates within the alpha can break things if you are not careful.
I was considering something like this as a setup:
- CPU: Core i7-10700K
- Mainboard: Gigabyte Z490M
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x 16 GB DDR4-3600
This hardware seems to be similar to this setup here: https://groups.google.com/g/qubes-users/c/R1ZjyNYZ1Kg/m/oJ5PqQS3AAAJ
2) Invest in a longterm PC that will be quite good for several years and use it with 4.0 and unstable kernel 5.11
In the link above, it says that kernel 5.8+ is needed. It seems that I can get kernel 5.11 in Qubes 4.0 through “kernel-latest-qubes”.
Would that be stable enough as a daily driver?
3) Wait until 4.1 is officially released and then buy a new PC
Looking at the past release timelines, it seems to me that this might be very far away (probably more than 6 months?) and probably not worth waiting.
4) Rather invest in older, well-supported hardware now and stick with 4.0 as a safer option
Here I would try to go through the Hardware Compatibility list and look for something older and hopefully more stable.
For example, something like this:
- MB: ASRock Z370 Pro4
- CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-8600K
(see: https://groups.google.com/g/qubes-users/c/YjNkEM1srSk/m/ljMSWgNTBAAJ )
What would you do in my case?
Thanks a lot in advance!