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Tails

Last Update: 2018-05-09 17:31 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: 30 (313), 6 months: 31 (306), 3 months: 31 (309), 4 weeks: 52 (267), 1 week: 47 (212)

Average visitor rating: 7.64/10 from 33 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/LinuxTracker.org
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:
 • 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
 • 2017-08-09: Distribution Release: Tails 3.1
 • 2017-06-13: Distribution Release: Tails 3.0
 • 2017-05-21: Development Release: Tails 3.0 RC1
 • 2017-04-19: Distribution Release: Tails 2.12
 • 2017-03-07: Distribution Release: Tails 2.11
 • 2017-01-24: Distribution Release: Tails 2.10
 • 2016-11-18: Development Release: Tails 3.0 Alpha 1
 • 2016-11-15: Distribution Release: Tails 2.7
 • More Tails releases...

  Headlines:
 •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 3.7 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Release Date 2018-05-09 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 3.7 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
Package 3.7 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.25 1.0.23 1.0.16
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.2
bind (9.13.0) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.181) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) 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 (1.44.2) 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.5 1.41.12 1.41.3
firefox (60.0.1) 52.8.0 45.9.0 38.5.0 24.6.0 3.0.6
freetype (2.9.1) 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.4.9 2.4.2 2.3.7
gcc (8.1.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.2) 2.8.18 2.8.14 2.8.2 2.6.10 2.4.7
glibc (2.27) 2.24 2.19 2.13 2.11.3 2.7
gnome-shell (3.28.2) 3.22.3 3.14.4 -- -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta2 2.02beta2 -- --
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.11 3.14.5 2.24.10 2.20.1 2.18.6
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.1 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.47.0 0.46
k3b (18.04.1) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 23 18 9 -- --
krita (4.0.3)          
libreoffice (6.0.4) 5.2.7 4.3.3 3.5.4 3.2.1 2.4.1
linux (4.16.12) 4.15.11 4.9.13 3.16.7 3.14.5 2.6.32
Package 3.7 2.12 1.8.2 1.0.1 0.6
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.7) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (18.1.0) 13.0.6 13.0.6 8.0.5 7.7.1 7.0.3
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.22.3 3.14.1 3.4.2 2.30.1 2.20.0
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.1) -- -- 7u91 6b31 --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.4p1 6.7p1 6.0p1 5.5p1 5.1p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0f 1.0.1t 1.0.1e 0.9.8o 0.9.8g
perl (5.26.2) 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.14.2 5.10.1 5.10.0
php (7.2.6) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (10.4) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.3 2.6.6 2.5.2
qt (5.11.0) 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.2 4.6.3 4.4.3
samba (4.8.2) 4.5.12 -- -- -- --
systemd (238) 237 215 -- -- --
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.7.0 45.4.0 38.4.0 -- --
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1
vlc (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.12.4 1.10.4 1.4.2

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Average rating
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Version: 3.7
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-11
Votes: 2


- as hardened Live system much more secure for encrypted communication

- frequent updates, made easy by tails-installer app

- full software package



Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.6.2
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-05-01
Votes: 4


Love Tails but WHY is it using system(spyware)d? The corporation behind it has contracts with the government, um, hello! Seriously, they have to adopt a non evasive init, one that DOESN'T have networking capabilities or total access to your HDD(s)/SSD(s).


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Version: 3.6.2
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-04-07
Votes: 10


I've been using Tails Linux off and on for a few years now. In this day and age, you can't be too careful with your data. Tails provides great security and anonymity.

There are two reasons why I didn't give it a higher score. First, the manual updates that you have to do on occasion are a bit of a pain in the ass. That said, I'm sure there is a good technical reason for that. Second, and echoing other comments here, why did they choose Gnome? Why not something lighter that would make it boot faster?

All that being said, I'm a pretty happy Tails user.


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