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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.



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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
Documentation https://tails.boum.org/doc/index.en.html
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://tails.boum.org/download/
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
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-03-13: Distribution Release: Tails 3.6
 • 2018-01-09: Distribution Release: Tails 3.4
 • 2017-11-15: Distribution Release: Tails 3.3
 • 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
 • More Tails releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-05-14 Tails testing persistent packages
 •2017-12-04 Planned tasks for Tails
 •2017-11-02 Tails status report
 •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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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

Feature 3.7.1 2.12 1.8.2
Release Date 2018-06-09 2017-04-19 2016-01-10
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1100-1200    
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation -- -- --
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386 i386
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems -- -- --
Multilingual 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
Full Package List 3.7.1 2.12 1.8.2
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.2
bind (9.13.1) -- -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.87) -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5
firefox (60.0.2) 52.8.1 45.9.0 38.5.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9
gcc (8.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.2) 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.2
glibc (2.27) 2.24 2.19 2.13
gnome-shell (3.28.2) 3.22.3 3.14.4 --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.11 3.14.5 2.24.10
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.1 0.48.5 0.48.3.1
k3b (18.04.2) -- -- --
kmod (25) 23 18 9
krita (4.0.4) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.0.5) 5.2.7 4.3.3 3.5.4
linux (4.17.2) 4.15.11 4.9.13 3.16.7
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.7) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- --
mesa (18.1.2) 13.0.6 13.0.6 8.0.5
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.22.3 3.14.1 3.4.2
NVIDIA (396.24) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- 7u91
openssh (7.7p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0f 1.0.1t 1.0.1e
perl (5.26.2) 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2
php (7.2.7) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.1) -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.3
qt (5.11.1) 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2
samba (4.8.2) -- -- --
systemd (239) 237 215 --
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.8.0 45.4.0 38.4.0
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.3
vlc (3.0.3) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4

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Version: 3.7
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-06-05
Votes: 2


I've been using Tails OS off and on for a few years now. It's really improved a lot since the 2.n version days

Fast, it is not. And that's okay, because the Tor network isn't designed for speed, it's designed for working in hostile environments. I've used it at work as a test to see how much it obscured in a relatively-secure environment and how much of the internet monitoring it could avoid. The answer was: All of it.

The issues I have with it are as others have posted - upgrading versions is a pain in the ass and not an automated process about a third of the time. This means you need to have a second Tails stick at the ready to get your primary upgraded. I've had intermittent issues across all the 3.n versions where it simply can't get a time sync and gives up, forcing a hard reboot to get "tor-ified" with all the time that requires. It can also be fussy on what USB sticks you use - the cheap Staples-branded or older SanDisk ones seem to cause me no end of issues.

All in all though, if you have no other option but public wifi, you could do a lot worse to secure your connections and data than Tails OS.


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Version: 3.7
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-11
Votes: 3


- as hardened Live system much more secure for encrypted communication

- frequent updates, made easy by tails-installer app

- full software package



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Version: 3.6.2
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-05-01
Votes: 4


Love Tails but WHY is it using system(spyware)d? The corporation behind it has contracts with the government, um, hello! Seriously, they have to adopt a non evasive init, one that DOESN'T have networking capabilities or total access to your HDD(s)/SSD(s).


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