Included software

  • GNOME, an intuitive and attractive desktop environment

Networking

  • Tor with:
  • NetworkManager for easy network configuration
  • Firefox preconfigured with:
    • TorBrowser patches
    • Torbutton for anonymity and protection against evil JavaScript
    • all cookies are treated as session cookies by default; the CS Lite extension provides more fine-grained cookie control for those who need it
    • HTTPS Everywhere transparently enables SSL-encrypted connections to a great number of major websites
  • Pidgin preconfigured with OTR for Off-the-Record Messaging
  • Claws Mail e-mail client, with GnuPG support
  • Liferea feed aggregator
  • Gobby for collaborative text writing
  • Aircrack-ng for wireless networks auditing
  • I2P an anonymizing network

Desktop Edition

Encryption & Privacy

The full packages list can be found in the BitTorrent files download directory (look for files with the .packages extension).

Additional features

  • automatic mechanism to upgrade a USB stick or a SD card to newer versions
  • can be run as a virtualized guest inside VirtualBox
  • customization (e.g. to add a given missing piece of software) is relatively easy: one may build a custom Amnesic Incognito Live System in about one hour on a modern desktop computer
  • 64-bit PAE-enabled kernel with NX-bit and SMP support on hardware that supports it
  • Some basic accessibility features

To prevent cold-boot attacks and various memory forensics, Tails erases memory on shutdown and when the boot media is physically removed.

Multilingual support

One can choose at boot time between a big number of languages.

The required keyboard input system is automatically enabled.

Some of these languages could not be thoroughly tested as we don't speak every language in the world. If you find issues using one of the supposedly supported languages, don't hesitate to tell us about it. E.g. Tails probably lacks some non-Latin fonts or input systems.

If you wish to make it easier to use Tails for your language speakers, see the translators guidelines.