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DistroWatch.com: heads

heads

Last Update: 2017-10-30 21:04 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 (13), 6 months: 276 (26), 3 months: 165 (53), 4 weeks: 149 (47), 1 week: 152 (47)

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/
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Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://heads.dyne.org/download/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/headslive/bugtracker/
Related Websites heads website on Tor network
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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 x86_64
Init Software SysV
Journaled File Systems ext4
Multilingual  
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 (4.4.12) 4.4
bind (9.11.2-P1) --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.1
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.43.4
firefox (57.0.4) 50.1.0
freetype (2.9) 2.6.3
gcc (7.2.0) 6.3.0
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.18
glibc (2.26) 2.24
gnome-shell (3.26.2) --
gnucash (2.6.19) --
gnumeric (1.12.38) 1.12.32
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.22.11
httpd (2.4.29) --
inkscape (0.92.2) --
k3b (17.12.1) --
kmod (25) 23
libgnome (2.32.1) --
libreoffice (5.4.4) --
linux (4.14.14) 4.9.30
Package 0.3.1
lxde-common (0.99.2) --
mariadb (10.2.12) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.3.2) 13.0.6
mysql (5.7.21) --
nautilus (3.26.2) --
NVIDIA (387.22) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1
openjdk (8u151) --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.1p2
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.1t
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.1
php (7.2.1) --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) --
postfix (3.2.4) --
postgresql (10.1) --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.13
qt (5.10.0) 4.8.7
samba (4.7.4) 4.5.8
systemd (236) --
thunderbird (52.5.2) 45.8.0
vim (8.0) 8.0
vlc (2.2.8) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.2

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.8
from 6 review(s)



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Version: 0.3.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-12
Votes: 2


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!


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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.


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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!


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