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2018-01-09 NEW • Distribution Release: Tails 3.4 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 project’s developers have released Tails 3.4 which includes kernel fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, updates uBlock Origin and includes fixes for package installation. “Tails 3.4 is out. This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible. In particular, Tails 3.4 fixes the widely-reported Meltdown attack, and includes the partial mitigation for Spectre. Changes: update Linux to 4.14.12 which fixes Meltdown, Spectre (only partially) and many other issues; fix an issue that made Tails start very slowly, in particular on DVD; don’t delete downloaded Debian packages after installing them, this is mostly relevant for users of the APT Packages persistence feature; fix an issue that prevented some Debian packages to install properly with the Additional software feature; update uBlock Origin to restore its icon in Tor Browser and make its settings dashboard work again.” Additional information and known issues can be found in the project’s release announcement and in the changelog. Download: tails-amd64-3.4.iso (1,160MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
About Tails 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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2017-11-15 Distribution Release: Tails 3.3 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 Tails project has released a new update, Tails 3.3. The new version features reduced bandwidth usage via Tor 0.3.1.8, the Tor Browser version 7.0.10 and version 4.13.0 of the Linux kernel. Several bugs have been fixed too: “Fix UEFI support for USB sticks installed using Universal USB Installer. Fix errors on file system creation in Tails Installer when the target USB stick is plugged before starting Tails Installer. Fix Tails Installer on Debian Sid and recent versions of udisks2. Fix the screen reader and screen keyboard in Tor Browser and Thunderbird. Make the configuration of the keyboard layout more robust when starting a session. For more details, read our changelog. Known issues: due to an issue in Tor Browser, the documentation shipped in Tails doesn’t open in Tor Browser any more and lacks our sidebar. the warning page of the Unsafe Browser also lacks graphical design; starting Tails 3.3 from DVD takes more than twice as long as earlier releases.” More changes and known issues are listed in the release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.3.iso (1,160MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-09-28 Distribution Release: Tails 3.2 Version 3.2 of Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user, has been released. This is mostly a security update, although it also comes with some component upgrades, including Linux kernel 4.12: “Tails 3.2 is out. This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible. New features: we added support for PPPoE and dial-up Internet connections, please tell us if this still doesn’t work for you; we installed BookletImposer to convert linear PDF documents into booklets and vice-versa; we added GNOME Screen Keyboard to replace Florence, the previous virtual keyboard, which had many issues. Upgrades and changes: upgraded Linux to 4.12.12, this should improve the support for newer hardware, especially NVIDIA Maxwell graphics card; upgraded Thunderbird from 45.8 to 52.3. This version requires an 8 GB USB stick to install Tails, any 4 GB USB sticks that are already installed can still be upgraded.” Read the rest of the release announcement for further information, screenshots and known issues. Download: tails-amd64-3.2.iso (1,153MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-08-09 Distribution Release: Tails 3.1 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 Tails project has released a new version, Tails 3.1, which is based on Debian 9 “Stretch” and contains mostly minor changes and bug fixes. The release announcement states: “Upgrades and changes: update Tor Browser to 7.0.4; update Linux to 4.9.30. Fixed problems: make sure that Thunderbird erases its temporary directory, containing for example attachments opened in the past; fix translations of the time synchronization and ‘Tor is ready’ notifications. For more details, read our changelog. Known issues: none specific to this release. To upgrade, automatic upgrades are available from 3.0 to 3.1. Due to the #13426 bug, automatic upgrades from 3.0.1 are disabled. If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if you fail to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.” A list of known issues is available. The release announcement mentions that while automatic upgrades from Tails 3.0 to 3.1 are enabled, upgrades from 3.0.1 to 3.1 are not. Though manual upgrades are still possible. Download: tails-amd64-3.1.iso (1,153MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-06-13 Distribution Release: Tails 3.0 The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live disc which offers several tools to assist its users in being anonymous while working on-line. The latest version of this Linux distribution, Tails 3.0, is based on the upcoming release of Debian 9 “Stretch”. “Tails 3.0 works on 64-bit computers only and not on 32-bit computers anymore. Dropping hardware support, even for a small portion of our user base, is always a hard decision to make but being 64-bit only has important security and reliability benefits. For example, to protect against some types of security exploits, support for the NX bit is compulsory and most binaries are hardened with PIE which allows ASLR. Update Tor Browser to 7.0 (based on Firefox 52 ESR) which is multi-process and paves the way to content sandboxing. This should make it harder to exploit security vulnerabilities in the browser.” This release also features a new welcome screen called Tails Greeter. This welcome screen assists the user in selecting a preferred language, configuring the keybaord and setting up persistent, encrypted storage. These changes and several screen shots are presented in the Tails 3.0 release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.0.iso (1,153MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-05-21 Development Release: Tails 3.0 RC1 The first release candidate for Tails 3.0, a Debian-based live DVD specially designed for anonymous web browsing using the included Tor Browser, is now ready for testing. This major update of Tails is based on the soon-to-be-released Debian 9.0 “Stretch” and it features GNOME Shell 3.22 as the preferred desktop: The first release candidate for the upcoming version 3.0 is out. We are very excited and cannot wait to hear what you think about it. Tails 3.0 will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 9 (Stretch). As such, it upgrades essentially all included software. Changes since Tails 3.0-beta4 include: important security fixes; upgrade to current Debian 9 (Stretch); upgrade Tor to 0.3.0.7; upgrade Tor Browser to 7.0a4; migrate from Icedove to Thunderbird (only cosmetic). We will provide security updates for Tails 3.0-rc1, just like we do for stable versions of Tails. But keep in mind that this is a test image. We tested that it is not broken in obvious ways, but it might still contain undiscovered issues.” Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download: tails-amd64-3.0~rc1.iso (1,161MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). The final release of Tails 3.0 is scheduled for 13 June 2017.
2017-04-19 Distribution Release: Tails 2.12 The Amnesic Incognito Live System (better known as Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The Tails project has announced the release of Tails 2.12 which features the GNOME Sound Recorder application and version 4.9.13 of the Linux kernel. Tails uses the Tor network to redirect network traffic and this release saw the project remove the alternative I2P anonymity network from the distribution. “We installed again GNOME Sound Recorder to provide a very simple application for recording sound in addition to the more complex Audacity. Sound clips recorded using GNOME Sound Recorder are saved to the Recordings folder. We removed I2P, an alternative anonymity network, because we unfortunately have failed to find a developer to maintain I2P in Tails. Maintaining software like I2P well-integrated in Tails takes time and effort and our team is too busy with other priorities. Upgrade Linux to 4.9.13. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).” Additional information can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download: tails-i386-2.12.iso (1,090MB, signature, pkglist).
2017-03-07 Distribution Release: Tails 2.11 The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based distribution which is designed for anonymous web browsing and communication over the Internet. The Tails project has announced the availability of Tails 2.11. The new version features a number of bug fixes, including a fix for local root privilege escalation and the Tor Browser has been updated to version 6.5.1. The project has also reported the alternative anonymizing network utility I2P will be dropped in future versions of the distribution: “We are very sad to announce that Tails 2.11 will be the last version to include I2P, an alternative anonymizing network. Maintaining software like I2P well-integrated in Tails takes time and effort and our team is too busy with other priorities. Unfortunately, we failed to find a developer outside of our team to maintain I2P in Tails. As a consequence, the last version of I2P being shipped in Tails is 0.9.25, which is nearly one year old now at this moment. But we will be happy to reintroduce I2P if we find a volunteer to take care of maintaining it in Tails.” Further information on Tails 2.11 can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download: tails-i386-2.11.iso (1,153MB, signature, pkglist).
2017-01-24 Distribution Release: Tails 2.10 The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) distribution is a Debian-based project which focuses on security and anonymity. Tails includes tools for removing meta data from files and routes Internet traffic through the Tor anonymizing network. The project’s latest release, Tails 2.10, now includes the OnionShare utility for sharing files from the user’s computer over the Tor network. The Tor web browser now features a circuit viewer which will show the nodes a person’s web traffic is routed through as it makes its way through the Tor network. Other changes include: “Upgrade Tor to 0.2.9.9. Upgrade Tor Browser to 6.5. Upgrade Linux to 4.8. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.) Upgrade Icedove to 45.6.0. Replace AdBlock Plus with uBlock Origin. Configure the APT package manage to use Debian’s Onion services. Install the AMDGPU display driver. This should improve the support for newer AMD graphics adapters. Renamed the boot loader menu entries from ‘Live’ to ‘Tails’ and replaced the confusing ‘failsafe’ wording with ‘Troubleshooting Mode’.” Further information and a list of known issues can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download: tails-i386-2.10.iso (1,153MB, torrent, signature, pkglist).