Qubes News: Qubes gets recommended by European Parliament
This year, in a research paper assessing mass surveillance by the EU Parliament, they recommend Qubes OS, as well as other tools such as Tor, as a privacy protections for citizens.
Initiatives like the Qube-OS project try to address this issue by developing Open Source Operating Systems that are designed to provide strong security, which in the case of Qube OS is achieved by applying a “Security by Compartmentalization” approach.
It is recommended that users install security and privacy aware operating systems (OS) on their devices, in order to prevent malware to be installed and/or executed, prevent attackers from accessing the software running on the device, ease the creation of VPNs and tunnelling over untrusted connections and support a number of other security features. In the last years some robust implementations have appeared. Two of the most popular are:
Qubes: Qubes is an open-source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing using Security by Compartmentalization approach. Qubes is based on Xen, the X Window System, and Linux, and can run most Linux applications and utilize most of the Linux drivers. Qubes follows a Security by Isolation approach by facilitating the creation of multiple security domains implemented as lightweight Virtual Machines (VMs) running under the Xen hypervisor. The implementation provides strong isolation among these domains so that an attacker who manages to compromise a domain cannot access all the software running in the other domains.
As Qubes is further integrating Whonix into it, the success of Qubes also adds to the success of Whonix, since most Qubes users will become aware of Whonix once it is available out of the box in Qubes.