Hello, I am a long time linux user with a strong desire for privacy and security. Qubes always felt like the logical conclusion to that but I just assumed it would be uncomfortable to use.
Just installed it on a flash drive today to test it and as it turns out, it is quite the opposite: I have to give the team a huge compliment on how good the docs are and how simple the installer is. I’ve used various distros before, lastly some more minimal ones because I thought they would have a smaller attack surface, but getting up qubes just felt so extremely comfortable.
My plan now is to try it for a week or so on the flash drive before I decide if I finally want to switch. I only have one laptop with one ssd, so I either have to make a full switch or don’t. Before that, I have some small questions and concerns, maybe someone is willing to give me some insight:
What is the performance like for you? I know that this obviously depends heavily on the type of application, the hardware and so on but right now, everything is pretty slow. I assume that is because of the flash drive and will be better with the NVMe SSD, I just fear that the virtualization will make everything painfully laggy even then. As for my specs, I have lots of of ram and disk space, my CPU however is not the fastest. In day to day work I don’t think this will be a problem, but sometimes I need to cut videos or do some CAD work, not sure if that will be possible. I heard that especially graphics intensive stuff will work not as good, do you think it would be a better solution to have a dualboot with another small distro that I only use for video editing? If so, how can I tell the qubes installer to leave out a small part of my disk and not use everything for the luks container? And regarding the CAD: Has anyone tried using Fusion360 in a Windows qube?
Another thing I am wondering about is whether it makes sense to stick to fedora templates, as most people seem to do, or if there are any benefits to debian apart from personal preference. Is one more resource intensive? And are community templates usually just as reliable and stable as official ones? In that case I might as well use arch.
If you have some time, it would also be great to know how you have set up the various qubes yourself. For me as a newbie, it takes some time getting used to the concept. I yet need to find a satisfying way to split up what has previously been my home directory into multiple VMs. I so far can’t really decide which seperation would make the most sense, there are some files I would need on multiple VMs for sure which makes me wonder how I should best structure that as well as other things. I found this Contents/docs/user-setups at master · Qubes-Community/Contents · GitHub which has been really useful in understanding how others set up qubes, but the more I can read the better I will understand it before trying myself.
What are the problems that bug you the most when using qubes as a daily driver? I read about video conferencing being a bit annoying, but as far as I understand it you simply need to attach webcam and microphone and you’re good to go. I also read a bit about I2P which also sounds a bit annoying to set up but maybe that works better now, I haven’t really had the time to look into it yet. What is most often quoted as the number one problem is the clipboard, which is of course a feature not a bug and wouldn’t really annoy me, I just haven’t really figured out how to copy from a terminal yet since the shortcut is usually ctrl+shift+c which collides with the qubes global shortcut. What did I miss here?
As a last question, are there any active irc channels for qubes users? I prefer that over forums or mailing lists for quick questions. Would be nice if they were accessible for tor users as well.
Thank you if you read up to this point, please don’t feel intimidated by the amount of questions I wrote, if you would just answer one partially that would be of a lot of use to me. I am just very excited to have found a way to use computers again without constantly feeling uneasy about sensitive information and theres a lot of stuff in my head right now. I hope this belongs here, but I thought it was not quite fitting for support either.