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Last Update: 2019-09-05 01:42 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: 31 (326), 6 months: 30 (326), 3 months: 34 (306), 4 weeks: 46 (282), 1 week: 47 (295)

Average visitor rating: 7.48/10 from 44 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
User Forums --
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Documentation https://tails.boum.org/doc/index.en.html
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
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 announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-09-04: Distribution Release: Tails 3.16
 • 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
 • More Tails releases...

 •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 4.0-beta2 3.16 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Release Date 2019-09-04 2019-09-04 2017-04-19 2016-01-10 2014-06-10 2010-10-22
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Full Package List 4.0-beta2 3.16 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
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Version: 3.16
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-09-13
Votes: 2

I keep a usb handy of tails bc it simply works on everything I've needed it for. Most of what I need it for is a live medium to help diagnose computer problems. It seems to separate itself better than other live linux distros on boot, getting you into something while other distros can have issues and throw you into a broken grub or windows boot loader problem even if they are live.

It does lack tools, but it has gparted and the ability to access files from hard drive, and veracrypt, making it a good option to check encrypted files without pesky cache or recent files being kept, or dealing with having to use veracrypt on an unsecured computer to look at a password list. Or even having to download veracrypt is annoying. Simply pop in the usb and forget about it.

One thing I'd like is for it to not connect to the internet at boot or give an option, kinda like how you can create admin password with it on the startscreen. I'm sure the tails team is way beyond my skill set in opsec but I'd just like the throw that out there. Not everyone wants to connect to tor on boot bc they wanted to manage encrypted files. I'd rather not have any internet session. I've never had an issue but I'd also rather not have a tor connect when I don't need it.

Thanks tails team, helped me fix plenty of problems. Not super into opsec but I have used it. I like how I can also not use onion, so I don't get locked out of my accounts when using a different pc but don't want to leave history.

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Version: 3.15
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-08-11
Votes: 8

Very good OS that supports the privacy of its users.

However there are a few glaring issues that I hope the developers need to pay attention to in the future releases.

1. Wifi driver support is basic. Intel Wifi is supported well, but that's pretty much it. Wifi without MAC Address spoofing support is not immediately available for use, unless you disable MAC Address Spoofing at the startup screen.

2. Graphics driver support is basic. No Nvidia drivers, no AMD drivers. Nvidia 340.40 driver should be included like Ubuntu 19.10, AMD drivers are all included in the 5.0-5.4 kernels. Should upgrade to the latest kernel as soon as possible

3. Tor circuit is difficult to configure, and is specified in the startup screen. Should allow Tor Bridge configuration once logged in. Amazon-meek and Azure-Meek bridges should be included for beginner users

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Version: 3.15
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-08-03
Votes: 0

is good os but Broadcom Wi-Fi network interface needing broadcom-sta-dkms not work on it

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