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Tails

Last Update: 2017-09-28 23:21 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 (372), 6 months: 27 (337), 3 months: 29 (309), 4 weeks: 29 (348), 1 week: 44 (238)

Average visitor rating: 8.18/10 from 22 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:
 • 2017-09-28: Distribution Release: Tails 3.2
 • 2017-08-09: Distribution Release: Tails 3.1
 • 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
 • More Tails releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-09-05 Tails updates roadmap
 •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 3.2 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Release Date 2017-08-09 2017-04-19 2016-01-10 2014-06-10 2010-10-22
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1153-1153        
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation -- -- -- -- --
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386
Init Software systemd systemd systemd SysV SysV
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 3.2 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
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Version: 1.8.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-14
Votes: 0


Fantastic USB operating system for anonymous use. Extremely easy to use.


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Version: 3.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-04
Votes: 0


I use Tails daily and find it to be very stable and competently made. Many the functions that do not work when I dualboot Ubuntu on my Macbook Air (like the keyboard backlighting), work out of the box with Tails. It has never crashed on me nor failed me in any way. That said, always be weary of browsing via Tor (check you're on https!!!), as there are many listening posts at the exit-nodes sniffing for personal data.


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Version: 3.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-09-21
Votes: 0


It's a OS for very specific instant use, I mean, do not try to use it as a regular OS for daily use unless your job require frequent anonymus interactions over internet (journalists when sending its cables, for example).

I faced with the fact that files downloaded through browser couldn'y be seen by other apps in the same session, which means that this distro take very seriously the security issue... (this is its intention BTW). However, this truly paranoic operation mode results in less productivity (from my point of view).


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