Qubes OS 4.2.0-rc1 is available for testing

Given it can take well over an hour to download and update a new template releasing R4.2 missing two (out of only 3) of the newer templates (whonix17 & debian12) doesn’t sound like a good use of time to me. A new user would be completely turned off.

My hope is to redo my pc on R4.2, but if the expectation is more hours of time after that time spent to update to the latest R4.2 version to the “actual” latest R4.2 version I’ll wait.

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No need to worry. No templates will be missing. Qubes 4.2 will include both Whonix 17 and Debian 12. The message you’re quoting is referring to in-place upgrades, which are a different story. Existing templates have never been upgraded in-place automatically when upgrading Qubes OS itself in-place.

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Thank you for the clarification. That makes sense.

Based on the responses this seems an appropriate place to mention a bug.

Two people have had this same issue running 4.2 with KDE and having audio drop out. I linked my issue thread in the comments and I arrived at a solution by disabling pulseaudios idling.

All bugs should be reported on the qubes-issues issue tracker on GitHub:

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Where can I learn more about the current state of the “in-place-upgrade” tool for QubesOS 4.1 (in order to upgrade to QubesOS 4.2) ?

I thought it still should work (for Upgrade to 4.2) too, but with a special switch in the command, so the upgrade function knows, it should use the upgrade to an RC-x version.
If not - then we have to wait until the final version is out!

To try it out without trouble I would suggest the following:

Boot up in a live system (for example TailsOS from an TailsOS USB stick) and doing an image from your entire QubesOS harddrive by using the “Drive” tool of the TailsOS stick (live system) and an USB harddrive, which has more space as your QubesOS harddrive.
After having your image of the QubesOS save on the USB drive - unplug it and boot into QubesOS again - do the upgrade and check out, what errors you’ll may run into. If there are any, you can’t solve - just turn off your device and boot up into the live system again and restore your 4.1.2 QubesOS again from the image…

After you’re using the same harddrive for QubesOS - nothing has to be changed on the bootloader, so this works fine on my side. Tried it several times on the upgrade from 4.0 to 4.1, because I ran into some errors during the “in-place-upgrade”.

“In-Place-Upgrade” always have some trouble with non-qubes-vms (as Windows10/11 qubes are or others with other OSes). Maybe it’s good to made backups from these qubes before - delete them and after you only have disp, templates, usual-vm’s and that regular Qubes stuff in the qubes manager - start the in-place-upgrade process.
Later you can restore those external qubes again from backup in 4.2

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The in-place upgrade procedure is not ready yet (#7832). Currently, R4.2 can be tested by performing a clean installation.


Means for my previous post: Just do the image from your old QubesOS harddrive and install 4.2 from scratch. If you don’t were satisfied with 4.2 - just restore 4.1.2 from image by deleting 4.2


buy a new harddrive which is similar to the one in your device. Plug-out the old 4.1.2 hd and plug-in the empty new one and install 4.2 from scratch.

Perfect method should be:

  1. doing a backup of all qubes of the 4.1.2 system to an external harddrive
  2. booting TailsOS from a stick and doing an image of the entire 4.1.2 system on the external harddrive by using the Tails “Drive” application
  3. delete all partitions of the 4.1.2 system
  4. shutdown the device and unplug all sticks and external harddrives
  5. installing 4.2 from scratch from a CD-Rom/USB Stick/image
  6. restore all your qubes from the 4.1.2 qubes backup into your new 4.2 system

I did this in the past with my 1GB Qubes 4.0.4 system and a 10TB external harddrive

I’m just answering the question.
The (#7832) leads to the github issue regarding the in-place update tool.


Is it recommended to do a fresh clean install? Or will an update be sufficient? Thank you

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No offense but just read the post.


I am sorry, I meant for 4.2.0, not for RC. I apologize

Don’t be, after I answered, I was not sure if you talked about RC or not.

from https://www.qubes-os.org/doc/upgrade/4.1/:

There are two ways to upgrade: a clean installation or an in-place upgrade. In general, a clean installation is simpler and less error-prone, but an in-place upgrade allows you to preserve your customizations.

For both minor release (e.g. 4.1 to 4.2) or major release (e.g. R4 to R5), I personally prefer a fresh installation.

I guess it’s up to you and if you have an automated way to reinstall your system.


When is -rc2 coming out?

See Version scheme | Qubes OS and Qubes R4.2 release schedule | Qubes OS

When it’s ready I suppose :wink:

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I saw these two docs pages, they were saying after 5 weeks either a new rc gets released or the current rc gets accepted for stable release.

Thus I have asked, whether we will have another rc or a stable release one.

Usually there can be no new release until Blocker issues are resolved, as explained here.


so there’s only one blocker issue left? sounds good

Hopefully RC2 will be available in the next few weeks. As an fyi, the current weekly build doesn’t have the patch for the previous blocker issue (for SELinux on disposable Fedora sys-net).

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