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Hardware Compatibility List for Qubes OS
The following is a list of systems that have been tested and seem to work fine with Qubes OS (or mostly fine). Unless otherwise noted, all the systems have support for Intel VT-d, which is needed to properly secure driver domains in Qubes OS (netvm, usbvm, etc). Systems without VT-d are still usable, but you don't get an extra protection from driver domain separation (you still get lots of security benefit from AppVM separation though).
General system requirements
- 4GB of RAM
- 64-bit Intel or AMD processor (x86_64 aka x64 aka AMD64)
- Intel GPU strongly preferred (if you have Nvidia GPU, prepare for some troubleshooting; we haven't tested ATI hardware)
- At least 20GB of disk (Note that it is possible to install Qubes on an external USB disk, so that you can try it without sacrificing your current system. Mind, however, that USB disks are usually SLOW!)
- Fast SSD disk strongly recommended
- Intel VT-d or AMD IOMMU technology (this is needed for effective isolation of your network VMs)
- TPM with proper BIOS support if you want to use option Anti Evil Maid
If you don't meet the additional criteria, you can still install and use Qubes. It still offers significant security improvement over traditional OSes, because things such as GUI isolation, or kernel protection do not require special hardware.
Note: We don't recommend installing Qubes in a virtual machine!
Note: There is a problem with supporting keyboard and mouse on Mac, and so Mac hardware is currently unsupported (patches welcomed!)
Specific systems tested by Qubes core developers
- Lenovo Thinkpad T420 w/ Intel graphics
- Lenovo Thinkpad T420s w/ Intel graphics (requires 2.3.7 kernel to handle the panel screen correctly)
- Lenovo Thinkpad T61 w/ Nvidia graphics (Quadro NVS 140M) - works well (using xenlinux 2.6.38 kernel), better stability with nvidia binary drivers - especially when using external monitor. This system doesn't support VT-d!
- Samsung X460 - works well on both xenlinux 2.6.38 and pvops 3.2.7 kernel; after resume ethernet driver (sky2) need to be reloaded in netvm to start working again. Even though the chipset suppors VT-d, the BIOS is broken, and so the VT-d is not picked up by Xen, so it effectively doesn't work.
- Sony Vaio Z 12 (2010 edition) -- works well, but some tinkering required
Specific systems tested by the Qubes community
- Fujitsu S751 seems to work well, but requires BIOS update to get VT-d working. Reported by Zrubecz Laszlo.
- Sony Vaio Z2 (2011 edition) works fine but requires some BIOS mod to enable VT-d. Reported by Danny Fullerton.
- Lenovo Thinkpad W510 with core I7 Q820, with proprietary Nvidia driver works fine. Reported by Sebastian Hültenschmidt.