Known issues

See known issues.

Miscellaneous test results

  • With Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, the UEFI nightly release does work, while it didn't work previously.
  • boots on ThinkPad X220 (syslinux 6.02+dfsg-1 and 3:6.03~pre1+dfsg-1~bpo60+1) in UEFI mode
  • ThinkPad X230 (syslinux 3:6.03~pre1+dfsg-1~bpo60+1):
    • boots fine in UEFI mode, but displays the syslinux menu very much translated to the top: one can see the two menu entries, but nothing else, so if one must edit the kernel command-line, they have to do it blindly
    • boots fine in Legacy BIOS mode, so at least we have no hardware support regression here
  • boots on ThinkPenguin Royal (syslinux 6.02+dfsg-1 and 6.03~pre1+dfsg-1)
  • boots on MacBook Pro 13-inch Mid 2012 9,2 (EFI 2.9), and MacBook Pro 13-inch Late 2011 8,1 (EFI 2.7), both with and without rEFInd if menu background splash.png is removed from stdmenu.cfg; adding menu resolution 640 480 before menu background makes the menu display "correctly" (only taking 1/4 of the screen, but oh well), but the system does not boot; without rEFInd, one has to press Alt before powering the laptop up, and keep it pressed until a menu appears, and then choose the entry that's called Boot EFI (as every other entry) and looks like a USB stick.
  • on MacBook Pro 13-inch Mid 2012 with rEFInd, one has to choose Fallback boot loader from Tails in rEFInd to boot, as the Boot Linux from Tails entry does nothing at all (syslinux 6.02+dfsg-1 and 6.03~pre1+dfsg-1)
  • The ThinkPenguin Royal does not detect the bootloader if installed as EFI/Tails/syslinux.efi; hence the use of the fallback bootloader path (BOOT/bootx64.efi), which should work on more hardware.
  • tails-i386-feature_uefi-0.23-20131222T0855Z-8acf864.iso boots fine on a Apple MacBook Air 13" mid 2011 (MacBookAir4,2) once installed with Tails Installer
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch Mid 2010 (6,2) boots fine with rEFInd and tails-i386-feature_uefi-0.23-20131222T0855Z-8acf864.iso, if menu background splash.png is removed from stdmenu.cfg; if one adds menu resolution 640 480 before menu background, the system does not boot.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X130e: tails-i386-feature_uefi-0.23-20140104T0920Z-3305611.iso boots fine.
  • Lenovo E325: tails-i386-feature_uefi-0.23-20140104T0920Z-3305611.iso boots fine.
  • MacBook Air Original (1,1): one has to press Esc twice in rEFInd to have it see the USB stick; then, rEFInd apparently loads syslinux, that fails to display its menu, even after commenting out most menu-related setting that has to do with color or positioning. Finally, Tails does not boot.
  • ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. X55VD: boots fine with menu background splash.png removed (both with CSM enabled and disabled); only boots in CSM mode with menu background splash.png kept in place
  • Boots fine on ThinkPad W520 (tails-i386-feature_uefi-1.0-20140324T1026Z-dd350d4.iso).
  • Boots fine on Lenovo ThinkPad E320 (tails-i386-feature_uefi-1.1-20140407T1357Z-02a2adf)
  • Boots fine on Macbook Pro 11,3 (15 Inch Retina-Late 2013)
  • Boots fine on Late 2013 Macbook Pro 13" Retina
  • Boots fine on Macbook Air 3,1 in UEFI mode
  • Boots fine on HP/Compaq 6330s in UEFI mode
  • ThinkCentre M82 boots fine with:
    • an alpha generation (isohybrid + dd) USB stick
    • a beta generation (prepared with Tails Installer) USB stick in both UEFI and "legacy" BIOS mode
  • Boots fine on ASUS 701 (eeepc).
  • Boots fine on Acer Aspire E1-531 (V2.09, EFI v2.31) in UEFI mode.
  • Boots fine on MacBookPro8,1 (Early 2011, Model A1278).
  • Boots fine on Gateway NE56R w/ Bios V2.13 in UEFI mode, with Secure Boot disabled. Doesn't boot (as expected) with Secure Boot enabled.
  • Boots fine on Hewlett-Packard Presario CQ57
  • Boots fine on Apple MacBook Air 3,2 A1369 EMC 2392, with rEFInd 0.7.8 installed, when installed with isohybrid + dd.
  • Boots fine on ASUS ux31a
    • in CSM mode, when installed with isohybrid + dd
    • in UEFI mode, when installed with Tails Installer
  • Boots fine on Lenovo Thinkpad T400.
  • Boots fine on Mac Mini 2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7 from DVD, and from USB stick created with Tails Installer.
  • Boots fine on MacBookAir5,1 from DVD, and from USB stick created with Tails Installer on the same machine.
  • Boots fine from DVD on VirtualBox 4.3.10-dfsg-1~bpo70+1 (as of commit e0a3c64 in feature/uefi).
  • Boots fine on Lenovo G700.
  • Boots fine from DVD on Lenovo B570.
  • Boots fine from DVD on Lenovo Z61t.
  • Boots fine from DVD on HP Pavilion dm4-1150ca.
  • Boots fine on Asus Z87 Pro motherboard (Tails 1.1~beta1) off a USB stick installed with Tails Installer.

Tests with syslinux 3:6.03~pre18+dfsg-1~bpo70+1

  • MacBookPro 13-inch Late 2011 8,1. All what follows is using a USB device installed with Tails Installer, using an experimental ISO (20140731) with syslinux 3:6.03~pre18+dfsg-1~bpo70+1. The same computer boots Tails 1.1 just fine.
    • boots just fine with the default configuration
    • uncommenting menu background splash.png in EFI/BOOT/stdmenu.cfg => stuck at the Mac boot menu
    • same as above, and add MENU RESOLUTION 1024 768 to EFI/BOOT/tails.cfg => displayed once the syslinux boot menu with the expected background image, can edit the kernel cmdline, but does not boot (display stuck at the syslinux menu); and then I can't reproduce it, and it's stuck at the Mac boot menu, like when MENU RESOLUTION 1024 768 wasn't here.
    • same as above, but with MENU RESOLUTION 640 480 => stuck at the Mac boot menu
  • MacBookPro9,2: with an experimental ISO built from c183ad91bce6c0fa4a95c387c8f5c8387acf9a0c, same results as with 1.1; and same as above MacBookPro 8,1 results wrt. menu config tweaks.
  • TOSHIBA PORTEGE Z830: boots fine with isohybrid --entry 4 --type 0x1c and a <1GB ISO.
  • TOSHIBA PORTEGE Z930: boots fine from a stick installed with Tails Installer (from DVD), while it did not boot with Tails 1.1.
  • ThinkPad X61, EeePC Seashell series, VirtualBox 4.3.14-dfsg-1 (MBR): status quo, works just as fine as before
  • ASUSTeK UX31E: works fine, while it required manual selection in BIOS in Tails 1.1.
  • Mid-2012 Mac Pro (6-core 3.33Ghz 32GB memory): boots fine from DVD
  • Mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro (MacBookPro 6,2): boots fine from DVD
  • Lenovo x61s: boots fine from manually installed USB stick
  • Macbook pro early 2008 (4,1): boots fine from DVD.
  • OVMF:
    • Boots fine. Fails to shutdown (hangs at "Starting new kernel").
    • with "menu background splash.png": boots fine. The syslinux menu is as beautiful as when booting in MBR mode.
    • with "MENU RESOLUTION 1024 768": boots fine. The menu is smaller.
    • with "menu background splash.png" and "MENU RESOLUTION 1024 768": boots fine. The menu is smaller and the background gets tiled (repeated as 2x2 tiles) which is ugly.
  • MacBookPro 2.6GHZ Mid 2012 15" (A1286 / MD104LL), Tails 1.2:
    • DVD: boots fine
    • manual install method for mac: boots fine
    • Tails Installer: doesn't boot