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Tails

Last Update: 2017-07-05 23:37 UTC


The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client and instant messenger, all pre-configured with security in mind and with all traffic anonymised. To achieve this, Incognito uses the Tor network to make Internet traffic very hard to trace.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 27 (389), 6 months: 27 (380), 3 months: 31 (332), 4 weeks: 32 (299), 1 week: 45 (239)

Average visitor rating: 8.53/10 from 15 review(s).


Tails Summary
Distribution Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System)
Home Page https://tails.boum.org/
Mailing Lists https://tails.boum.org/support/index.en.html
https://mailman.boum.org/listinfo/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://tails.boum.org/doc/index.en.html
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://tails.boum.org/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://labs.riseup.net/code/projects/tails/issues?query_id=108
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 3.0: LinuxFR (French)
2.0: LWNDistroWatch
1.x: DistroWatchLinux UserComputerworldderStandard (German)
0.x: DistroWatchLWN
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-06-13: Distribution Release: Tails 3.0
 • 2017-05-21: Development Release: Tails 3.0 RC1
 • 2017-04-19: Distribution Release: Tails 2.12
 • 2017-03-07: Distribution Release: Tails 2.11
 • 2017-01-24: Distribution Release: Tails 2.10
 • 2016-11-18: Development Release: Tails 3.0 Alpha 1
 • 2016-11-15: Distribution Release: Tails 2.7
 • 2016-09-20: Distribution Release: Tails 2.6
 • 2016-08-02: Distribution Release: Tails 2.5
 • 2016-06-07: Distribution Release: Tails 2.4
 • 2016-04-26: Distribution Release: Tails 2.3
 • 2016-03-08: Distribution Release: Tails 2.2
 • More Tails releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-07-07 Work around for Tor bug
 •2017-05-31 Tails moving to Debian Stretch
 •2017-02-01 Tails to use 64-bit builds
 • More Tails headlines...

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Feature 3.0.1 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Release Date 2017-07-05 2017-04-19 2016-01-10 2014-06-10 2010-10-22
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation -- -- -- -- --
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- --
Multilingual de, en, es, fr, it, pt de, en, es, fr, it, pt de, en, es, fr, it, pt de, en, es, fr, it, pt de, en, es, fr, it, pt
Asian Language Support ar, fa, kr, vn, zh_CN ar, fa, kr, vn, zh_CN ar, fa, kr, vn, zh_CN ar, fa, kr, vn, zh_CN ar, zh_CN
Full Package List 3.0.1 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Package 3.0.1 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.23 1.0.16
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.2
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (60.0.3112.78) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.4) 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.4.4 1.3.8
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2 4.1.1-P1 3.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.41.12 1.41.3
firefox (54.0.1) 52.2.0 45.9.0 38.5.0 24.6.0 3.0.6
freetype (2.8) 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.2 2.3.7
gcc (7.1.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.2 2.6.10 2.4.7
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.19 2.13 2.11.3 2.7
gnome-shell (3.24.3) 3.22.3 3.14.4 -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 -- --
gtk+ (3.22.17) 3.22.11 3.14.5 2.24.10 2.20.1 2.18.6
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.47.0 0.46
k3b (17.04.3) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (24) 23 18 9 -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.30.0 2.20.1.1
libreoffice (5.3.4) 5.2.7 4.3.3 3.5.4 3.2.1 2.4.1
linux (4.12.3) 4.9.30 4.9.13 3.16.7 3.14.5 2.6.32
Package 3.0.1 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.7) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.1.5) 13.0.6 13.0.6 8.0.5 7.7.1 7.0.3
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.24.2.1) 3.22.3 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.30.1 2.20.0
NVIDIA (384.59) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u141) -- -- 7u91 6b31 --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.1p1
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.0.2l 1.0.1t 1.0.1e 0.9.8o 0.9.8g
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.0
php (7.1.7) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.13 3.4.2 2.7.3 2.6.6 2.5.2
qt (5.9.1) 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.3
samba (4.6.6) -- -- -- -- --
systemd (234) 232 215 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.2.1) 45.8.0 45.4.0 38.4.0 -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.10.4 1.4.2

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Tails

Average rating
8.5
from 15 review(s)



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Version: 3.0.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-26
Votes: 0


I absolutely love TAILS, I have been using it for years now. It is the perfect solution for browsing anonymously from anywhere. Public library, (most) workplaces, college campuses (provided you use bridges) and even on your own hardware at coffee shops and airports. Sure 3.0.1 had a bug that affected those of us that accepted the automatic upgrade from 3.0 but that's to be expected for the first upgrade since switching to Debian 9. The TAILS team does an absolutely EPIC job considering their abysmal budget of less than 40k a year! These are hard working folks who really CARE about your privacy. They don't make any real profits. If you want new features and more usability from TAILS then drop the team a message and make a donation!


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Version: 3.0.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-09
Votes: 0


Tails is working nicely for me, I am currently anonymous!

The install is actually very easy and is guided, just download the ISO then do what you'd normally do to create the image on your USB, then boot into tails, insert a second USB and then go to "Tails Installer" in the Applications menu, follow the very simple instructions and Bob's your uncle. You now have an anonymous Linux OS in your pocket.

The only downside: The browser is Tor by default and is a tad slow due to how it works, BUT it does work.


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Version: 3.0.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-07
Votes: 2


Tails works. Very handy if you are out and about and need to get online, chuck in your USB to any PC and away you go.




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