The Q4OS team announced today the release and general availability of Q4OS 3.13, a maintenance update to the stable Q4OS 3 “Centaurus” LTS distribution series based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” and build around KDE Plasma and Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE).
Derived from the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 10.7 update, which brings 38 security patches and 54 miscellaneous bug fixes to the stable Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series, the Q4OS 3.13 update is here to further improve the stability and security of the Q4OS 3 “Centaurus” LTS series.
On top of that, Q4OS 3.13 introduces several interesting changes like the removal of the Snap daemon and its dependencies from the Q4OS desktop profiles. This means that you won’t be able to install Snap apps in Q4OS anymore, unless you reinstall Canonical’s Snap daemon from the software repositories.
This release also improves printing support by adding the latest HPLIP (HP Linux Imaging and Printing) driver installer in the Software Center and patching some specific bugs to make the printing/scanning experience better for Q4OS 3 “Centaurus” users.
Other than that, Q4OS 3.13 comes with an updated Calamares installer for a flawless installation experience, as well as various updated package and other small changes that have been published through the software repositories since the previous Q4OS 3 “Centaurus” update, Q4OS 3.12, which was released four months ago.
Software-wise, the KDE Plasma edition of Q4OS 3.13 ships with the KDE Plasma 5.14.5 desktop environment, which is accompanied by the KDE Frameworks 5.54 and KDE Applications 18.08 software suites. On the other hand, the TDE edition includes the Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.6 release. Under the hood, both editions are powered by Linux kernel 4.19 LTS.
If you’re using the Q4OS 3 “Centaurus” LTS series on your personal computer, you only need to perform a regular system update to get all the new features, bug fixes, and updated packages included in the Q4OS 3.13 release. For new installations, you can download the ISO image from the official website.
The Q4OS 3 “Centaurus” series is be supported with security patches and software updates for five years, until July 2024, but the Q4OS team is working hard on the next major release, Q4OS 4 “Gemini,” which will be released sometime in 2021 based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series.
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