Using Qubes OS from the POV of a Debian developer

Speaker: Holger Levsen

Track: Security

Type: Talk (45 mins)


Room: Buzz

Time: Aug 10 (Thu), 15:30

Duration: 0:45

For more than two decades I’ve been using Debian as my primary and only OS on my primary computer (and almost all others computers I’ve been touching), and in February 2017 I finally made the switch and installed Qubes OS, which currently is based on Fedora 23 (while 26 is their latest release).

That said, I’m still (mostly) running and developing Debian inside Qubes OS, as - very roughly said - Qubes OS is just another virtualisation layer between the CPU and the user.

So in this talk I will explain in more detail what Qubes OS is, what advantages using Qubes OS brings, what downsides it has and how I made my transition to a more secure setup, and what challenges I faced. Of course I’ll also explain why I went with using the Fedora based Qubes OS instead of porting it to Debian and what options there are for a future with a Debian based Qubes OS.