Joanna Rutkowska from the Qubes OS project has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Qubes OS 3.1, along with its immediate availability for download.
Qubes OS 3.1 appears to be a normal update to the Linux kernel-based operating system, but it introduces a single major feature, the Qubes Management infrastructure, which, in fact, is a management stack based on the popular Salt management software.
“In Qubes 3.1 this management stack makes it possible to conveniently control system-wide Qubes configuration using centralized, declarative statements,” says Joanna Rutkowska in the announcement. “Declarative is a key word here: it makes creating advanced configurations significantly simpler.”
Thanks to the addition of a management stack, Qubes OS now ships with an improved installation wizard, which lets users easily select from multiple options to pre-create various handy configurations. For example, you can now pre-create Whonix or USB-hosting virtual machines.
All the specifics about the new management stack introduced in Qubes OS 3.1 can be found in a detailed article written by Marek Marczykowski-Górecki from the Qubes project. In the meantime, you can download the Qubes OS 3.1 64-bit ISO image, which supports UEFI-based boot, as well as many new GPUs, right now from our website.