The third release candidate for Qubes 4.1 is here! There are no major changes to report. We’ve just focused on fixing bugs that were discovered and reported in the second release candidate.
If you’re currently using any Qubes 4.1 release candidate, a regular update is sufficient to upgrade to the latest one. Otherwise, read on for more about how to get started with testing Qubes 4.1-rc3.
What’s new in Qubes 4.1?
In case you still haven’t heard, Qubes 4.1 includes several major new features, each of which is explained in depth in its own article:
- Qubes Architecture Next Steps: The GUI Domain
- Qubes Architecture Next Steps: The New Qrexec Policy System
- New Gentoo templates and maintenance infrastructure
- Reproducible builds for Debian: a big step forward
Finally, Qubes 4.1 features the following updated default components:
- Xen 4.14
- Fedora 32 in dom0
- Fedora 34 template
- Debian 11 template
- Whonix 16 Gateway and Workstation templates
- Linux kernel 5.10
How to test Qubes 4.1-rc3
How to migrate to 4.1-rc3:
- If you’re already on any 4.1 release candidate, simply perform a normal update.
- If you’re not on a 4.1 release candidate yet, you have two options:
Release candidate planning
With each new release candidate, Qubes 4.1 becomes more and more stable as our testers report more bugs, and our developers fix them. As explained in our general release schedule, this cycle will continue until no major bugs are discovered, at which point the last release candidate will be declared the stable 4.1 release. Until then, we plan to have new release candidates approximately every five weeks.