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Last Update: 2024-07-16 16:36 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.

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Tails Summary
Distribution Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System)
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-06-18: Distribution Release: Tails 6.4
 • 2024-02-27: Distribution Release: Tails 6.0
 • 2024-02-02: Development Release: Tails 6.0 RC1
 • 2023-05-16: Distribution Release: Tails 5.13
 • 2023-03-20: Distribution Release: Tails 5.11
 • 2022-12-20: Distribution Release: Tails 5.8
 • 2022-08-25: Distribution Release: Tails 5.4
 • 2022-05-03: Distribution Release: Tails 5.0
 • 2021-12-08: Distribution Release: Tails 4.25
 • 2021-09-07: Distribution Release: Tails 4.22
 • 2021-07-13: Distribution Release: Tails 4.20
 • 2021-03-23: Distribution Release: Tails 4.17
 • More Tails releases...

 • 2023-06-06 Tails seeks to improve usability
 • 2022-07-11 Tails publishes June newsletter
 • 2022-06-23 Tails publishes hot fix for Tor
 • 2022-06-09 Tails publishes May monthly newsletter
 • 2021-02-11 Tails improves onion-grater
 • 2021-01-28 Tails publishes updated media to address sudo bug
 • 2021-01-09 Tails plans more censorship circumvention
 • 2020-12-16 Tails improves Wayland support and persistent storage
 • 2020-12-10 Tails changes ISO verification process
 • 2020-08-11 Tails introduces and fixes welcome window issues
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Feature 6.5 5.22 4.29 3.16 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6 Feature
Release Date 2024-07-16 2024-01-30 2022-04-05 2019-09-04 2017-04-19 2016-01-10 2014-06-10 2010-10-22 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
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Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
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Full Package List 6.5 5.22 4.29 3.16 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6 Full Package List
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Version: 6.4
Rating: 8
Date: 2024-06-21
Votes: 13

Tails is a great operating system but here are some things that could be improved or some criticisms listed from most important to least.

Tails does NOT spoof the full MAC Address which is something that many operating systems now support like android. This means that that the OUI can be used to identify you on the WiFi network. Currently there is no way to spoof the full MAC Address.

Tails includes Ublock Origin with Tor Browser which makes Tails users fingerprint different then Tor Browser Bundle (TBB) users. Until Ublock Origin is included in TBB then Tails users browser fingerprint will be different then normal Tor Browser users. It is noted that Mullvad Browser does include Ublock Origin extension and maybe Tor Browser will add it at some time in the future.

Tails pings tails.net every time you launch the Tor Browser which this can be used to track tails users on a Tor circuit. Should give users an option to disable this.

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Version: 6.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-03-28
Votes: 13

Tails is simple and lovely to use. It's even quite speedy to run on some older systems, despite the Desktop Environment they have chosen. Unlike a lot of distros, they use Tor Browser which is based off Firefox, no Google based crap. Tor Browser is fast and fun.

While I do not agree with the choice of Desktop Environment (Gnome), preferring something more simple and lightweight like XFCE or even Fluxbox, it does what it says on the tin.

The metadata cleaner is great, though I prefer to use Tails command line way with 'mat2'. Check it out: man mat2 it's great! It really strips files from garbage, tracking, and other crap. I especially strip out junk in .PDF and image files before I load them!

OnionShare is quite amazing. Give it a try.

While people say it includes an IRC client, it only includes, "Pidgin" which I find so terrible to use for IRC, when compared to the others available in the Debian repositories.

And speaking of Debian, it's great to use such a project based upon Debian!

Despite many new laptops and desktops which don't include a CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive, Tails includes the Brasero burning app which is great! Some distros offer Live Media without a burning app. Hello? A lot of us have older systems and need this on a Live session! It really doesn't take that much space for a burning app, distros who fail to include it on their Live media should be ashamed!

If you're simply browsing the web, you might want to set the Tor Browser "Security Level" to "Safest" and disable javascript even further in about:config -> javascript.enabled -> toggled to false. This must be done with each new boot.

It looks like they've removed the controversial "libdvdcss" package which used to be included in former versions.

NoScript. Despite it not being in the panel of Tor Browser, Tails comes with NoScript installed. Go to Tools -> Add-ons and Themes (or just go to about:addons) and click on the three dots for NoScript and select Manage and then the Toolbar button setting and change it to Show if you'd like to see it and configure it to your liking.

Ublock Origin (uBO) is included in Tails. While it is great and all, the settings for the filter lists is somehow 'locked' and I cannot update nor add additional lists. Maybe this is done to provide some blocking on the web with identical settings for every Tails user. Still, I would like the option to install and update lists myself!

It's very important to keep Tails up to date. Did I mention it's important to be current? Did I? Remember that. Don't use old versions.

I give the 6.1 version a 9 out of 10. I find it lacking in a few areas, but does mostly satisfy me for it's intended purposes.

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Version: 6.0
Rating: 2
Date: 2024-03-17
Votes: 0

wont even boot on Asus vivobook..I just get blank black screen with he tails log then a message saying failed, but all my other distros boot fine. never had this problem before. Been using tails for many years but now it just wont boot. The online verify function is good to verify the image but would be great if it actually worked and could boot? probably needs more testing ? Before tails used to always boot so i dont understand why it wont boot at all...Probably better I run Whonix in a VM I feel now until tails fixes these bugs

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