• Home Page, Headlines
 • DW Weekly, Comments
 • Packages, Package Management
 • Glossary, FAQ, Mobile Site
 • Search, Sitemap
 • Major Distributions
 • Submit Distribution
 • Upcoming Releases
 • About DistroWatch
 • Page Hit Ranking
 • Advertise
 • CryptoCoin.cc

DistroWatch.com: heads


Last Update: 2018-02-06 15:16 UTC

heads is a privacy-focused Linux distribution designed to make it easy for users to access the Internet anonymously using the Tor network. heads is based on Devuan and features only free (libre) software. The Linux kernel has had non-free blobs removed.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 303 (20), 6 months: 203 (40), 3 months: 185 (43), 4 weeks: 184 (40), 1 week: 176 (38)

Average visitor rating: 8.83/10 from 6 review(s).

heads Summary
Distribution heads
Home Page https://heads.dyne.org/
Mailing Lists https://mailinglists.dyne.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/heads
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://heads.dyne.org/wiki/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://heads.dyne.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/headslive/bugtracker/
Related Websites heads website on Tor network
Reviews 0.3: DistroWatch
Where To Buy OSDisc.com (sponsored link)

Table Notes and Explanations

(Please refer to the table below.)
  • Select view:
  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • 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 "kdelibs" and "plasma-desktop" packages 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.

Linux Media
Linux Mint 18.3$5.95
Ubuntu 17.10.1$5.95
Debian 9.4.0$5.95
openSUSE 42.3$5.95
Manjaro 17.1.5$5.95
Fedora 27$5.95
MX Linux 17.1$5.95
USB Flash Drives
Linux Mint 18.3 16GB$14.95
Ubuntu 17.10.1 16GB$14.95
Fedora 27 16GB$14.95

Free Shipping on orders over $20
Professional Quality
Click here to visit OSDisc.com now

Linux Training

Linux Training

Get Linux Training straight from the source


Metapress | Discover More

Read detailed guides on how to make a website, start a blog, increase traffic and find the best website builders at Metapress.

Feature 0.3.1
Release Date 2017-07-02
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 831-831
Free Download ISO
Installation --
Default Desktop Awesome, Openbox
Package Management DEB (apt)
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite GOffice
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV
Journaled File Systems ext4
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List 0.3.1
Package 0.3.1
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.3
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4
bind (9.12.1) --
chromium (65.0.3325.162) --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.1
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.0) 1.43.4
firefox (59.0.1) 50.1.0
freetype (2.9) 2.6.3
gcc (7.3.0) 6.3.0
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.18
glibc (2.27) 2.24
gnome-shell (3.28.0) --
gnucash (2.6.19) --
gnumeric (1.12.39) 1.12.32
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.29) 3.22.11
httpd (2.4.29) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.12.3) --
kmod (25) 23
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (6.0.2) --
linux (4.15.11) 4.9.30
Package 0.3.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.13) --
mate-desktop (1.20.0) --
mesa (17.3.6) 13.0.6
mysql (5.7.21) --
nautilus (3.28.0) --
NVIDIA (390.25) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1
openjdk (8u162) --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.1p2
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.1t
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1
php (7.2.3) --
plasma-desktop (5.12.3) --
postfix (3.3.0) --
postgresql (10.3) --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.13
qt (5.10.1) 4.8.7
samba (4.8.0) 4.5.8
systemd (238) --
thunderbird (52.6.0) 45.8.0
vim (8.0) 8.0
vlc (3.0.1) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.2

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for heads

Average rating
from 6 review(s)

What are your thoughts on heads?
Please include a few pros and a few cons, along with your overall impression of the operating system.
Our FAQ page has tips on writing a good mini-review.


Rating:    out of 10

Comments (maximum 2,048 characters):

Past reviews - sort by:

Version: 0.3.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-12
Votes: 5

heads just works, and fast. It uses only free software and has hilarious -- beyond excellent -- documentation: even if you never read the docs, give it a try.

One issue remains with the choice to uphold software freedom: your WiFi card probably won't be supported out of the box, unless you bought your laptop with that in mind. But if you run a laptop from the Ministry of Truth, you're set. Keep your WiFi card firmware at hand on a USB stick if you want wireless connection.

heads gives a lot of attention to (security) details.
Unplug your USB drive and your laptop will shutdown at once!

Go heads!

Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 0.3.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-12-15
Votes: 0

In fact needed distro - as needed is sth light and hardened with Openbox preconfigured to connect via tor only and blocking all other outgoing connections.

However without firmware for WiFi cards and no mobile broadband networking possibility it is nearly useless.
Should use network manager instead of wicd.

Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 0.3.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-11
Votes: 4

Much-needed replacement for Tails, and based on the rock-solid Devuan. A very nice distro with focus on privacy protection and no mercy for bloated software. Well done!

Was this review helpful? Yes No

See all 6 reader reviews of heads...

Copyright (C) 2001 - 2018 Unsigned Integer Limited. All rights reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Privacy policy.
DistroWatch.com is hosted at Copenhagen.

Contact, corrections and suggestions: Jesse Smith
Tips: BTC 1J5s35r7v8L3k2zmr3JmUfydzvdnsiNXm2 • PayPal.me/distrowatchweekly