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Tails

Last Update: 2019-07-09 23:36 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: 32 (317), 6 months: 29 (348), 3 months: 29 (348), 4 weeks: 26 (398), 1 week: 35 (312)

Average visitor rating: 7.39/10 from 41 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
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
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2019-07-10: Distribution Release: Tails 3.15
 • 2019-05-21: Distribution Release: Tails 3.14
 • 2019-03-19: Distribution Release: Tails 3.13
 • 2019-01-29: Distribution Release: Tails 3.12
 • 2018-12-11: Distribution Release: Tails 3.11
 • 2018-10-24: Distribution Release: Tails 3.10.1
 • 2018-09-05: Distribution Release: Tails 3.9
 • 2018-06-26: Distribution Release: Tails 3.8
 • 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
 • More Tails releases...

  Headlines:
 •2019-05-06 Tails publishes web browser fix
 •2018-07-13 Tails improves support for VeraCrypt
 •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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Feature 3.15 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Release Date 2019-07-09 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) 1100-1200        
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 3.15 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Package 3.15 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.23 1.0.16
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.2
bind (9.15.2) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (75.0.3770.142) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.1 1.7.5 1.5.3 1.4.4 1.3.8
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.2.2 4.1.1-P1 3.1.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.41.12 1.41.3
firefox (68.0.1) 60.8.0 45.9.0 38.5.0 24.6.0 3.0.6
freetype (2.10.1) 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.2 2.3.7
gcc (9.1.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.12) 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.2 2.6.10 2.4.7
glibc (2.29) 2.24 2.19 2.13 2.11.3 2.7
gnome-shell (3.32.2) 3.22.3 3.14.4 -- -- --
gnucash (3.6) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 -- --
gtk (3.24.10) 3.22.11 3.14.5 2.24.10 2.20.1 2.18.6
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.1 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.47.0 0.46
k3b (19.04.3) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 23 18 9 -- --
krita (4.2.3) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.5) 5.2.7 4.3.3 3.5.4 3.2.1 2.4.1
linux (5.2.1) 4.19.37 4.9.13 3.16.7 3.14.5 2.6.32
Package 3.15 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.4.6) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (19.1.2) 18.2.8 13.0.6 8.0.5 7.7.1 7.0.3
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) 3.22.3 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.30.1 2.20.0
NVIDIA (430.34) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- 7u91 6b31 --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.1p1
openssl (1.1.1c) 1.1.0k 1.0.1t 1.0.1e 0.9.8o 0.9.8g
perl (5.30.0) 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.0
php (7.3.7) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.3) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (11.4) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.7.4) 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.6.6 2.5.2
qt (5.13.0) 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.3
samba (4.10.6) 4.5.16 -- -- -- --
systemd (242) 241 215 -- -- --
thunderbird (60.8.0) 60.7.2 45.4.0 38.4.0 -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1
vlc (3.0.7.1) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.5) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.10.4 1.4.2

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
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from 41 review(s)



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Version: 3.14.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-09
Votes: 0


..happily using it since years!!

I like the regular updates and
many privacy default settings.
this way I can pass it on to
people curious to try it out,
without much extra config.

even if not advertised as such,
I enjoy it as daily driver after
having automated settings and
configs at bootup.



Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.14.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-06-22
Votes: 1


I am using it as a live medium not on a separate HDD, version 3.12 early 2019, so setting the UEFI-Bios to use it properly an AMD-CPU it seems to have problems with starting due to the graphic driver not starting promptly. But sometimes it works as a live-Medium. Looks as if it needs some improvements to work stable.


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Version: 3.14.1
Rating: 1
Date: 2019-06-21
Votes: 1


Crashes when used with intel hd 515 graphics controller and skylake cpus. Regression causes crashes with intel graphics controller! High priority to be fixed.


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