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30 April 2012, 12:35

Tails 0.11 incognito live system released

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Tails logo Version 0.11 of the Tails Linux distribution designed to protect user privacy and anonymity has been released. Tails, an acronym for "The Amnesic Incognito Live System", is a Debian-based live system which includes a number of applications, such as a web browser, email client and instant messaging client, that have been pre-configured with security in mind. All of these programs are set up to use the Tor network, thus ensuring that all outgoing connections are anonymised by bouncing internet traffic between multiple nodes.

The new version of Tails, which can be used from a DVD or USB drive, is based on the 3.2.15 Linux kernel. The bundled Iceweasel web browser has been upgraded and is now based on Iceweasel 10.0.4 ESR, the re-branded version of the Extended Support Release (ESR) of Firefox. Vidalia, the graphical controller for the Tor software, has been updated to the current 0.2.17 stable release. In version 0.11, the custom USB installer for installing Tails onto a USB drive can create a persistent volume with the remaining free space on the drive.

Other changes include new options in the Tails Greeter login screen, internationalisation improvements such as support for additional languages, and various other bug fixes. The developers strongly advise all users to upgrade due to numerous security holes found in the previous release.

More details about the new version, including a full list of changes and upgrades, can be found in the official release announcement and in the change log. Tails 0.11 is available to download as an ISO image from the project's site and documentation is provided. Tails is licensed under the GPLv3 or later.

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