We recently published an article discussing how Q4OS Plasma edition could easily be installed inside Windows. At the end of that article, I promised to check out the Q4OS Trinity edition, a lightweight Debian-based Linux distro that resembles XP. So here it is.
Q4OS Trinity is available to download either in Live or install-only versions. The Live version allows users to run the operating system from bootable media without installation so they can check it out beforehand, and this is the download I would recommend. Q4OS Trinity Live is available in 64-bit only whereas the install-only version is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit. All modern machines support 64-bit. That said, Q4OS Trinity is specifically designed to run on older machines with limited resources and in these cases, the machine might not support 64-bit so the only option would be to install Q4OS.
- Download Q4OS Trinity
- System requirements: 300MHz CPU / 128MB RAM / 3GB disk
What you are downloading is an ISO file that will need to either be burned to disc or used to create a bootable flash drive with something like the free and portable Rufus. For the purpose of this exercise, I am going to run the live ISO in a Virtual Machine (VM).
Q4OS Trinity Overview
Even inside my VM, with limited resources, Q4OS Trinity is responsive and snappy, well and truly living up to its lightweight claims. It is quite like XP, both in terms of looks and simplicity. I found it very enjoyable to work with, experiencing no problems at all navigating around and testing out various functions:
Q4OS Trinity comes with the Konqeror browser included by default but several alternative browsers are available via the Install Applications link in the Start menu, as well as a good number of other useful applications:
I had no problems installing additional applications. Installing Google Chrome, for example, was a breeze. And changing the background wallpaper was just as easy using settings available via the Control Panel:
Q4OS Trinity Bottom Line
As I have previously asserted, Q4OS Trinity is a pleasure to work with, it’s responsive and snappy even with limited resources. That said, I doubt serious Linux users will be interested in Q4OS Trinity but it would be perfect for newbies who would like to check out what Linux is all about. It would also be the perfect solution to install on any old machines with limited resources that you might have laying around and already given up on. Resurrect that old machine and give Q4OS Trinity a run.
You know what? I threw out a couple of perfectly good older machines not so long ago because they were underpowered and would not adequately run Windows or any of the lightweight Linux flavors I tried. That was before I’d heard of Q4OS Trinity and now I’m wishing I’d hung on to those old machines. Ain’t it always the way.