[qubes-users] Re: Qubes 4.0 - there will be rc5

2018-02-18 Thread JPL
Thought so. Wise decision IMO

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[qubes-users] HCL HP EliteDesk 800 G1 SFF

2018-02-13 Thread JPL
Qubes R4 rc4 on USB 3.0 stick - no problems to report

 

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Re: [qubes-users] Re: Installing Debian template 4.0rc2

2017-11-12 Thread JPL
> qvm-clone fedora-25 debian-8
> sudo dnf remove qubes-template-debian-8

> Then you can install the template again:
> sudo qubes-dom0-update qubes-template-debian-8 

Thanks Chris. That worked

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[qubes-users] Re: Installing Debian template 4.0rc2

2017-11-11 Thread JPL

>Try run "dnf search qubes-template-*" in dom0, it'll give you a list of all 
>>installed Qubes templates.

Yes I can confirm debian-8 is there. I'll ignore for now and wait til the next 
update. Thanks for your help.

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[qubes-users] Re: Installing Debian template 4.0rc2

2017-11-11 Thread JPL
>The first thing to try is 'sudo dnf remove qubes-template-debian-8' to
>get the package out of there. 

That gives an error: qvm-template-preprocess: qube with this name does not exist



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[qubes-users] Re: Installing Debian template 4.0rc2

2017-11-11 Thread JPL
Thanks for the detailed reply. I have an i7 machine, installing to a USB stick. 
Strangely, last time I tried (this is my second installation on the same USB 
having borked the first) debian-8 *did* install so it's obviously a very quirky 
bug. Whonix installed OK although it seems very slow (everything, not just Tor 
browser). I don't see this issue reported on Github. Is it worth reporting or 
are Axon, Marek et al aware?  

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[qubes-users] Re: Installing Debian template 4.0rc2

2017-11-11 Thread JPL
On Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12:54:49 PM UTC, Yuraeitha wrote:
> On Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12:23:28 PM UTC, JPL wrote:
> > For some reason the debian template didn't install when I installed Qubes, 
> > even though I selected it. No matter I thought, I'll do it manually.
> > 
> > However following the instructions here: 
> > 
> > https://www.qubes-os.org/doc/templates/debian/
> > 
> > namely: 
> > 
> > [user@dom0 ~]$ sudo qubes-dom0-update qubes-template-debian-8
> > 
> > I get "Nothing to do. Complete"
> > 
> > qvm-ls reveals that debian-8 is absent.
> > 
> > Is this instruction out of date or do I need to enable something first? Any 
> > tips appreciated.
> 
> The template re-install is currently broken, and requires fixing in a future 
> patch. I've had/seen mixed results with the plain template install too 
> (rather than re-install), so I suspect it's at least partly broken too? 
> Either way it's not you, this is something that likely needs patch fixing. 
> Possibly you can re-install Qubes and hope debian installs (sometimes work?, 
> see below), or you could try move debian from one of your 3.2. backup 
> archives, and then update it in Qubes 4 (hope for the best that the 3.2. 
> template Qubes tools won't get in the way). 
> 
> Also, in my own experience, I've installed Qubes 4 RC-2 on now 4-5 different 
> hardware machines, including various different CPU architecturs, from the 
> Intel i5 line, Intel M line, and Ryzen 3 1200. I've experienced different 
> results. 
> 
> For example, I never got debian working on my Intel i5 or Intel M 
> architectures, but for what seems like a paradoxial twist of fate, my Ryzen 
> architecture installs all templates perfectly fine, including debian-8. 
> Everything just work here. 
> 
> But on my Intel i5 or M processers, all which support minimum Qubes 4 specs 
> btw, and HVM works just fine, however debian-8 just doesn't work. 
> 
> I've had mixed results with Whonix-ws and Whonix-gw on the Intel 
> architectures too, however fedora worked mostly on all systems.
> 
> Frankly I do not know if its caused by different CPU archtectures, however, 
> from what I anecdotally experienced, it seems like what made the difference. 
> 
> Also if you encounter python errors during the very last stage of Qubes 4 
> install, immediately reinstall, no second thoughts. Apparently this happens 
> for no easy to observe reason too, but I'm able to make the last stage Qubes 
> configuration work properly by re-installing a few times, try different 
> settings, mess and push the system a little around, trial and error. 
> Eventually I got a clean install, with no last stage python errors. I do not 
> know exactly what made it work, or what caused it, except trial and error, 
> and trying different install settings, seemed to work.
> 
> Also seen install and system stability outcomes between legacy BIOS and UEFI, 
> however I did not test it extensively, nor can I confirm if it truly is so. 
> It's just something I took slight notice of, and in my case, legacy BIOS 
> seemed to fix my Ryzen system, which now runs Qubes templates flawlessly, 
> except for the missing CPU features in this kernel, but at least it works.
> 
> Hopefully you can use any of this, but as said, nothing conclusive. But 
> merely some experience and observation from many Qubes 4 RC-2 installs, on 
> various different hardware systems.

Thanks for the detailed reply. I have an i7 machine, installing to a USB stick. 
Strangely, last time I tried (this is my second installation on the same USB 
having borked the first) debian-8 *did* install so it's obviously a very quirky 
bug. Whonix installed OK although it seems very slow (everything, not just Tor 
browser). I don't see this issue reported on Github. Is it worth reporting or 
are Axon, Marek et al aware?  

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[qubes-users] Installing Debian template 4.0rc2

2017-11-11 Thread JPL
For some reason the debian template didn't install when I installed Qubes, even 
though I selected it. No matter I thought, I'll do it manually.

However following the instructions here: 

https://www.qubes-os.org/doc/templates/debian/

namely: 

[user@dom0 ~]$ sudo qubes-dom0-update qubes-template-debian-8

I get "Nothing to do. Complete"

qvm-ls reveals that debian-8 is absent.

Is this instruction out of date or do I need to enable something first? Any 
tips appreciated.

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[qubes-users] Re: Qubes 4.0-rc2 networking issues

2017-11-07 Thread JPL
I must have done something else because I got error messages when I tried to 
reset the firewall and sys-net VMs, so rather than spending any more time 
fiddling around I reinstalled and was more careful about the boxes I checked. 

While it's a good idea to have the option of seting update through Tor by 
default I think it could be better explained in the installer, and the checkbox 
shouldn't be positioned as a subset of the Whonix option but should instead be 
set away from the template VM options. 

> 
> How about trying this:
> 
> On the Qubes VM Manager find Fedora-25 template -> right click on that
> and select VM settings -> Change the NetVM from sys-whonix (or any other
> Whonix-gateway VM) to sys-firewall -> click OK
> 
> > I tried changing the networking options in the sys-net and firewall
> VMs but that simply dropped the connection. I then tried to reset again
> and got an error message saying the VM settings could not be changed.
> >
> > Can someone tell me the default settings for the sys-net and firewall
> VMs? I only want Whonix to route through Tor. Hopefully I wont have to
> reinstall it again. Thanks.

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[qubes-users] Qubes 4.0-rc2 networking issues

2017-11-06 Thread JPL
I just installed RC2 for the first time, ticking the 'enable Tor' box 
corresponding to the Whonix template. After booting and connecting to WiFi I 
was surprised to note that the Whonix Gateway started with the 'connecting to 
Tor' dialog when I started the Fedora-25 template to update it. So it seems 
everything was being routed through Tor even though I was not using Whonix. 

I tried changing the networking options in the sys-net and firewall VMs but 
that simply dropped the connection. I then tried to reset again and got an 
error message saying the VM settings could not be changed.

Can someone tell me the default settings for the sys-net and firewall VMs? I 
only want Whonix to route through Tor. Hopefully I wont have to reinstall it 
again. Thanks.

  

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[qubes-users] Re: Announcement: Qubes OS Begins Commercialization and Community Funding Efforts

2016-11-30 Thread JPL
>Commercial editions of Qubes OS will be customized to meet special corporate
>requirements. For example, two features that might be particularly attractive 
>to
>corporate customers are (1) "locking down" dom0 in order to separate the user
>and administrator roles and (2) integrating our local management stack with a
>corporation's remote management infrastructure. These are both examples of
>features that our developers are capable of implementing now, on Qubes 3.2.

>We plan to partner with one to three corporate clients in order to run a pilot
>program throughout the first half of 2017.  After it has been successfully
>completed, we'll then widen our offer to more corporate customers and,
>ultimately, to small business customers. Our main constraint is the scalability
>required to cover each additional client. Hence, we plan to focus on larger
>customers first. 

Does this mean that Qubes will somehow become networkable or will it still only 
be for a single device?

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[qubes-users] Re: Installer freezes in Dell Inspiron 5557

2016-09-07 Thread JPL
Did you try again without selecting the "test media" stage? 

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Re: [qubes-users] 3.2 RC - which VM settings?

2016-08-03 Thread JPL
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:56:37 AM UTC+1, Alex wrote:
> On 08/03/2016 11:39 AM, JPL wrote:
> > [...]
> > Can someone tell me what difference the following settings will
> > make:
> > 
> > - Initial memory min / max. I'm going for 500/3000 fo0r all as I have
> > 8GB memory. Reasonable?
> Don't overprovision for system-related VMs. A netVM will rarely need
> more than 1GB, same for firewallVM.
> 
> You appVMs may vary: in my work vm, where I use 2 IDEs (Android Studio
> and MonoDevelop) + android emulator + firefox + thunderbird, I capped at
> 10GB and it works ok. My workstation has 32GB ram.
> 
> > - VCPUs - defaults to 2 but I can pick a maximum of 8. Which should I
> > choose (processor is Intel i7)?
> Don't overprovision vCPUs: the hypervisor will have to find *that many*
> cores free at the same time to run your VM, and that's why VMWare
> recommends 1vCPU for every VM on their ESX/ESXi infrastructure that you
> can upgrade to 2 if needed.
> 
> I am against giving more than 2 vCPUs per VM in Qubes, and I recommend
> careful experiments when tweaking this value (increment by 1 and test
> with your actual workload, if there are performance gains or losses).
> 
> > - Tickbox for include in memory balancing. What difference does this
> > make? Should I tick it for all VMs?
> You cannot have memory balancing enabled for VMs with devices attached;
> apart from that, there's no actual reason to allocate fixed amounts of
> RAM for you VMs. Say, you dedicated 10GB out of 16 to one important VM,
> but now you're just upgrading your templates with all the appVMs turned
> off, and you'd like the templates to benefit of all available memory
> without having to manually correct allocations. Or you just closed your
> personal Firefox instance to gain a little room for a big compilation in
> the work AppVM.
> 
> TL;DR: I think the defaults provided in Qubes are reasonably ok, and
> while they may be changed if needed, changes should be tested carefully
> - knobs are inter-dependent, and giving "more" of any one may actually
> reduce performance overall, or for specific tasks.
> 
> -- 
> Alex

Thanks for the detailed answer Alex. Makes sense now. Cheers

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[qubes-users] 3.2 RC - which VM settings?

2016-08-03 Thread JPL
A clean install of 3.2 failed at the configuration stage so I am creating and 
configuring the sys-net, sys-firewall sys-whonix and all appVMs manually.

Can someone tell me what difference the following settings will make:

- Initial memory min / max. I'm going for 500/3000 fo0r all as I have 8GB 
memory. Reasonable?

- VCPUs - defaults to 2 but I can pick a maximum of 8. Which should I choose 
(processor is Intel i7)?

- Tickbox for include in memory balancing. What difference does this make? 
Should I tick it for all VMs?

Thanks

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[qubes-users] Re: Qubes Screenshot Tool with imgurl auto upload available. [beta]

2016-07-07 Thread JPL
Works really well. Thanks. Another job made a hell of a lot easier.

On Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 9:57:07 PM UTC+1, Eva Star wrote:
> Okey. I released tool that can automatically capture 
> fullscreen/windows/regions and upload it to AppVM and imgurl automaticaly.
> 
> 
> Now it is in beta state and tested only with Qubes 3.2rc1, but I think it 
> will work with other Qubes starting from R3.0 or R3.1 (where qvm-run is 
> available)
> 
> 
> Full description and download you can find here: 
> 
> 
> https://github.com/evadogstar/qvm-screenshot-tool
> 
>  
> Test it and I hope you will be happy with it as I am :) Because screenshots 
> is one weak side of Qubes (before this tool done ;) 
> 
> 
> Plans: 
> * add editor for images at AppVM to blur some arias on image... (suggest are 
> welcome)
> * multiple selections -> one screenshots -> upload it
> * delayed screenshots
> * maybe uploading any existed image from dom0 to imgurl after selecting it on 
> dialog
> 
> 
> Enjoy but remember that is only beta

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[qubes-users] Web proxy in AppVM

2016-05-29 Thread JPL
I want to set up a web proxy in a Debian-based AppVM but I don't want to do 
it in the template VM as last time I tried that I screwed lots of things up 
and it was never the same again.

I don't mind if it's not persistent because I am just experimenting. 
Lacking the usual Gnome systems tool I don't how how to do it. I have a URL 
of a PAC file http://xyz.pac on the proxy server I want to use.  

Can someone tell me how to do this please?

Thanks

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