We are especially proud to present you Tails 4.0, the first version of Tails based on Debian 10 (Buster). It brings new versions of most of the software included in Tails and some important usability and performance improvements. Tails 4.0 introduces more changes than any other version since years.

This release also fixes many security issues. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes and upgrades

Major changes to included software

  • Replace KeePassX with KeePassXC, which is more actively developed.

  • Update OnionShare from 0.9.2 to 1.3.2, which includes a lot of usability improvements.

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.0:

    • A gray border, called letter boxing, is now displayed around the content of web pages when you resize the window of Tor Browser.

      Letter boxing prevents websites from identifying your browser based on the size of its window. Letter boxing replaces the yellow warning that was displayed until now when maximizing Tor Browser.

    • The onion icon has been removed from the top bar.

      To switch to a new identity, choose  ▸ New Identity.

  • Update MAT from 0.6.1 to 0.8.0

    MAT has no graphical interface of its own anymore.

    To clean the metadata of a file:

    1. Open the Files browser and navigate to the file that you want to clean.

    2. Right-click (on Mac, click with two fingers) on the file.

    3. Choose Remove metadata.

  • Update Linux to 5.3.2. This should also improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

  • Update Electrum from 3.2.3 to 3.3.8. Electrum works again in Tails.

  • Update Enigmail to 2.0.12 and gnupg to 2.2.12, which mitigate OpenPGP certificate flooding.

  • Upgrade most other software, for example:

    • Audacity from 2.1.2 to 2.2.2

    • GIMP from 2.8.18 to 2.10.8

    • Inkscape from 0.92.1 to 0.92.4

    • LibreOffice from 5.2.7 to 6.1.5

    • git from 2.11.0 to 2.20.1

    • Tor to 0.4.1.6

  • Remove Scribus.

    You can install Scribus again using the Additional Software feature.

Usability improvements to Tails Greeter

We improved various aspects of the usability of Tails Greeter, especially for non-English users:

  • To make it easier to select a language, we curated the list of proposed languages by removing the ones that had too little translations to be useful. We also clarified how Chinese is listed by having different entries for simplified and traditional Chinese.

  • We simplified the list of keyboard layouts.

  • We fixed the Formats setting, which was not being applied.

  • We prevented additional settings to be applied when clicking on Cancel or Back.

  • We fixed the opening of help pages in other languages than English, when available.

Performance and usability improvements

  • Tails 4.0 starts 20% faster.

  • Tails 4.0 requires about 250 MB less of RAM.

  • Tails 4.0 is 47 MB smaller to download than Tails 3.16, despite all these changes.

  • Add support for Thunderbolt devices.

  • The screen keyboard is easier to use.

  • Make it possible to show the password of the persistent storage when creating one.

  • Add support for USB tethering from iPhone.

New documentation pages

Other changes

  • Use the default bookmarks from Tor Browser instead of our own default bookmarks. (#15895)

  • Remove the Home launcher from the desktop. (#16799)

  • Remove the default accounts in Pidgin. (#16744)

Fixed problems

For more details, read our changelog.

  • Allow opening persistent volumes from other Tails USB sticks. (#16789)

  • Fix the delivery of WhisperBack reports. (#17110)

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.0

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

Automatic upgrades are not available to 4.0.

All users must do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can directly download Tails 4.0:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.1 is scheduled for December 3.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2019-10-22 Tags:

Tails 4.0 will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 10 (Buster). It brings new versions of most of the software included in Tails and some important usability and performance improvements.

You can help Tails by testing the release candidate for the upcoming version 4.0!

We are very excited about it and cannot wait to hear your feedback :)

Changes and upgrades

Major changes to included software

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.0a7, based on Firefox 68.1.0esr.

  • Update Electrum to 3.3.8, which works with the current Bitcoin network.

  • Update Linux to 5.3.2.

  • Update tor to 0.4.1.6.

Usability improvements to Tails Greeter

We improved various aspects of the usability of Tails Greeter, especially for non-English users.

  • To make it easier to select a language, we curated the list of proposed languages by removing the ones that had too little translations to be useful.

  • We also simplified the list of keyboard layouts.

  • We fixed the Formats setting, which was not being applied.

  • We prevented additional settings to be applied when clicking on Cancel or Back.

Fixed problems

  • Fix the delivery of WhisperBack reports. (#17110)

  • Dozens of other problems — literally. For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

  • Spellchecking only works for English. (#17150)

    To fix it, set spellchecker.dictionary_path to /usr/share/hunspell in about:config.

  • Unsafe Browser tabs have the "Private Browsing" name and the Tor Browser's icon. (#17142)

  • The On-screen keyboard does not allow to input any accentuated char. (#17021)

  • Other open tickets for Tails 4.0

See the list of long-standing issues.

How to test Tails 4.0~rc1?

We will provide security upgrades for Tails 4.0~rc1 like we do for regular versions of Tails.

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.

Please, report any new problem to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list).

Get Tails 4.0~rc1

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 4.0~beta1 and 4.0~beta2.

  • You can do a manual upgrade.

To download 4.0~rc1

Direct download

BitTorrent download

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

What's coming up?

Tails 4.0 is scheduled for October 22.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2019-10-11 Tags:

Releases

These are some of the changes that were introduced in Tails 3.16:

  • Removed pre-generated Pidgin accounts
  • Removed LibreOffice Math
  • Upgraded Tor Browser to 8.5.5

Code

  • We started to integrate Tor Browser 9.0 (#16356).

  • We started working on the upgrade to Thunderbird 68 (#16771).

  • We did lots of work to improve the reliability of our test suite.

  • We did some initial research and tests on using Portals to improve the UX of saving downloaded files from Tor Browser (#10422, #15678).

  • We did some initial research on redesigning, in a Wayland-compatible way, our current sudo-based privilege separation model (#12213 and subtasks).

  • We improved the UX of the Greeter and fixed a few of its most annoying bugs (#16095 and the tickets it blocks). This work will hopefully land in time for Tails 4.0 :)

Documentation and website

  • We rewrote completely the instructions to backup the persistent volume.

  • We documented how to do right-click on Mac. (#15718)

  • We proposed to use Trimage to compress better the images on our website. (#17099)

  • We agreed on having a "People" page. (#17046)

User experience

  • We published a job offer on illustrations on what is Tails and how it works.

  • We did some stats on how good people upgrade their Tails, with data from April 2019. (#17069#note-4)

    • 16.6% of boots (3800/day) had no direct automatic upgrade path to the latest version because they were more than 3 months old.

    • 3.8% of boots (860/day) were stuck before 3.6, which had broken all automatic upgrades. The impact of breaking all automatic upgrades in 3.6 was still huge even 1 year later.

Hot topics on our help desk

Infrastructure

  • We upgraded our very old Jenkins to the current LTS version (#10068). This in turn allowed us to implement a bunch of improvements and bugfixes that had been blocked by this postponed upgrade.

  • We kept working on making our web translation platform ready for prime-time. We're almost there!

Funding

  • We submitted a joint grant proposal with Tor and the Guardian Project to the DRL Internet Freedom program.

  • We added Monero and Zcash as cryptocurrencies in which you can donate to Tails.

  • We received a $1 000 donation from TOP10VPN.

  • We prepared most of the content for our upcoming donation campaign: banner, blog posts, email, tweets, etc. (#16096)

Outreach

Past events

  • sajolida attended the 1st Café Internet on September 19 in Mexico City.

Upcoming events

  • intrigeri will facilitate a "Discover Tails and translate it into your own language" session at the Mozilla Festival on October 26-27 in London (UK).

Translations

All the website

  • de: 38% (2189) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 35% words translated
  • es: 54% (3095) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated
  • fa: 30% (1721) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 32% words translated
  • fr: 90% (5148) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • it: 33% (1887) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 29% words translated
  • pt: 24% (1383) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 20% words translated

Total original words: 59107

Core pages of the website

  • de: 66% (1178) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy, 68% words translated
  • es: 88% (1572) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 88% words translated
  • fa: 34% (606) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 31% words translated
  • fr: 94% (1669) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy, 94% words translated
  • it: 62% (1114) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy, 63% words translated
  • pt: 45% (801) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 47% words translated

Total original words: 16513

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 746 622 times this month. This makes 24 887 boots a day on average.

How do we know this?

Posted 2019-10-08

The mission of Tails is to empower people worldwide by giving out an operating system that protects from surveillance and censorship.

We build liberating technology to put people in control of their digital lives, keeping in mind that the most vulnerable and oppressed people are also the most in need of privacy and security:

  • Journalists and whistleblowers use Tails to denounce the wrongdoings of governments and corporations.
  • Activists use Tails to avoid surveillance and organize their struggles for liberatory social change.
  • Human-rights defenders use Tails to avoid censorship and report human-rights violations.
  • Domestic violence survivors use Tails to escape surveillance in their homes.
  • Privacy-concerned citizens use Tails to avoid online tracking.

And we give out Tails for free because nobody should have to pay to be safe while using computers.

However, Tails needs funds to keep up the fight and we know that people who need Tails the most cannot always donate: because they would get in trouble for giving to an anti-surveillance tool or simply because they don't have the money.

Why supporting Tails is more important than ever

The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media.

According to the 2019 Report by United Nations' Special Rapporteur David Kaye, surveillance of individuals – often journalists, activists, opposition figures, critics and others exercising their right to freedom of expression – thrives because of weak controls on exports and transfers of surveillance technology to repressive governments. This surveillance is known to lead to arbitrary detention, sometimes to torture and possibly to extrajudicial killings.

These technologies include targeted malware, online interception of network communications, and deep packet inspection; all technologies that Tails is one of the best tool to protect from while reducing the risk of dangerous mistakes.

A legal framework to regulate this surveillance industry, as recommended by David Kaye, might be useful for the future. But digital freedom tools like Tails are more needed than ever right now, in an act of empowerment and self-defense.

You are our best guarantee

We often hear complaints about software projects that are meant to fight surveillance, like Tor and Tails, getting funds from the US government. We share this concern and we will never be at ease as long as the well-being of our project depends on such funding.

This is why it's so important to be sustained by users like you: our independence depends on you.

We are extremely proud that our primary source of funding in the last years has been donations from passionate people like you. Let's keep it this way!

In 2017–2019, our money came from:

  • Passionate people like you
    (36%)
  • Foundations & NGOs
    (30%)

    like Mozilla or the Handshake Foundation
  • Entities related to the US government
    (25%)

    like the Open Technology Fund or the ISC Project
  • Private companies
    (9%)

    like DuckDuckGo or Lush

New anonymous ways to donate

Because we know that being able to donate anonymously is very important to some of you, we are adding this year 3 new ways to donate anonymously to Tails.

You can send us:

  • Monero:

    4B93hjotwmMQeaZ799D84XTxhqUGqqjfveUTB1GeduAKNeH47WDyn5eb8P2mtScErGbsbL5X3J6vUPAVPrw8j5pMFh6dAwY

  • Zcash:

    zs1ayrt0wckfpkddxqsqv9af6n7vtuspnv3t59w7e9mvykyznmcr3h9vep8emte2lgak8d5s0q65q2

  • Cash by post:

    Weber
    Merseburger Strasse 95
    04177 Leipzig
    Germany

Please take a minute to donate to Tails today!

Posted 2019-10-07 Tags:

Tails, a portable operating system that protects your privacy and avoids censorship, is looking for a design contractor to create illustrations explaining Tails.

The contractor will create illustrations to aid in communicating:

  • On the homepage: what is Tails and what are its main benefits

    6 small illustrations or icons, around 200px.

  • On the 'How Tails works' page: the main properties and features of Tails

    10 medium-size illustrations, around 400px.

This work is part of a larger effort to improve the description and explanation of Tails, adjust the voice and tone of the homepage, and implement a newly developed brand identity.

See the full design brief and how to apply.

Posted 2019-09-27 Tags:

In August, we celebrated the 10 years birthday of the first public announcement of amnesia, the project which would eventually give birth to Tails after the merger with Incognito 🎂 :)

This led Edward Snowden to write this testimonial: “In 2013, when a small team of journalists and I went head to head against @NSAGov to reveal the secret system of global mass surveillance, we used @Tails_Live to communicate—to reduce the risk of basic but deadly mistakes.
The NSA only learned of our plan when it hit the news.”

Releases

Code

  • Preparations for Tails 4.0, based on Debian 10 "Buster"

    • Decreased by 200-300 MiB the amount of memory used by Tails (#12092).
    • Fixed a regression that made the login process slower than in Tails 3.x (#16805).
  • Test suite improvements

    • We fixed a number of issues that lead our test suite to report false positives (#11592, #17004, #15321).
    • Use a more recent Dogtail, run it with Python 3, and take benefit from the new UTF-8 support (#16976).
  • New automated tests

    • Installing Tails from a USB image with GNOME Disks (#16004)
    • VeraCrypt PIM feature (#15946)
  • We made good progress on persisting a seed for the Pseudorandom number generator across boots (#11897). There's now a good chance that this work is included in a Tails release by the end of the year.

  • We completed the first iteration of our effort to move the source code for our custom software to our main Git repository: the Greeter was migrated. This will avoid quite some busywork, make it easier to contribute to the affected code bases, and increase the value of our reproducible builds, by removing some binary blobs from our set of de facto trusted inputs.

Documentation and website

User experience

  • We reworked in depth our plans to improve the user experience of the network connection (configuration and startup).

Infrastructure

  • We upgraded to Gitolite v3.

  • We fixed a number of bugs in our web translation platform, thanks to feedback from early adopters. It should soon be officially ready for production usage.

  • We spent lots of time fighting a DDoS against our Redmine. Not our idea of fun :(

  • We scheduled the upgrade of our Jenkins (#10068).

Funding

  • We're working on a joint grant proposal with Tor and the Guardian Project.

Outreach

Past events

Upcoming events

Press and testimonials

Translations

All the website

  • de: 41% (2301) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 38% words translated
  • es: 52% (2896) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 44% words translated
  • fa: 31% (1780) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 34% words translated
  • fr: 90% (5052) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • it: 33% (1849) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 29% words translated
  • pt: 25% (1436) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 22% words translated

Total original words: 58995

Core pages of the website

  • de: 69% (1227) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 71% words translated
  • es: 79% (1404) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 81% words translated
  • fa: 34% (607) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 32% words translated
  • fr: 97% (1733) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 97% words translated
  • it: 61% (1094) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy, 64% words translated
  • pt: 44% (791) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 47% words translated

Total original words: 16629

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 741 964 times this month. This makes 23 934 boots a day on average.

How do we know this?

Posted 2019-09-09

This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible.

Changes and upgrades

  • Remove LibreOffice Math

    You can install LibreOffice Math again using the Additional Software feature.

  • Remove our predefined bookmarks in Tor Browser.

  • Remove the predefined I2P and IRC accounts in Pidgin.

  • Update Tor Browser to 8.5.5.

  • Update Linux to 4.19.37-5+deb10u2, which fixes the SWAPGS variant of the Spectre vulnerability.

  • Update most firmware packages. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

Fixed problems

  • Fix opening the persistent storage of another Tails USB stick from the Files browser. (#16789)

  • Fix the translation of Additional Software. (#16601)

  • Remove the security level indicator in the Unsafe Browser. (#16735)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 3.16

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 3.14, 3.14.1, 3.14.2, and 3.15 to 3.16.

  • If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can directly download Tails 3.16:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.0 is scheduled for October 22.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2019-09-04 Tags:

You can help Tails by testing the second beta for the upcoming version 4.0!

We are very excited about it and cannot wait to hear your feedback :)

What's new in 4.0~beta2?

Tails 4.0 will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 10 (Buster). As such, it upgrades essentially all included software.

We are particularly interested in detecting new problems with the following hardware:

  • Mac computers
  • Recent Nvidia and ATI/AMD graphics cards

Other changes in Tails 4.0~beta2 include:

  • All changes included in 4.0~beta1.

  • All changes included in Tails 3.16.

  • Update Linux to 5.2.9. This mitigates the Spectre v1 swapgs security vulnerability.

  • Update tor to 0.4.1.5.

  • Update Enigmail to 2.0.12.

  • Make the GNOME Desktop load faster.

  • Save about 250 MB of RAM.

  • In the Applications menu, move Calculator and Terminal to where they were in Tails 3.x. This avoids the need to scroll in the Utilities submenu.

  • Allow OnionShare to open links with Tor Browser.

  • Use the same icon for Tails Documentation in the Applications menu as on the Desktop.

Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

Known issues in 4.0~beta2

How to test Tails 4.0~beta2?

We will provide security upgrades for Tails 4.0~beta2 like we do for regular versions of Tails.

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.

Please, report any new problem to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list).

Get Tails 4.0~beta2

To download 4.0~beta2

Direct download

BitTorrent download

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from 4.0~beta1.

  • You can do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

What's coming up?

Tails 4.0 is scheduled for October 22.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2019-09-04 Tags:

Releases

Documentation and website

  • We updated most of our documentation to Tails based on Debian 10 (Buster). (#16282)

  • We simplified and updated our description of the system requirements. (#11663 and #16810).

  • We fixed the display of the "Tor check" button on the homepage of Tor Browser. (#15312)

    This "Tor check" button is used by around 10% of users.

  • We removed the "% translated" indication from our website because it was misleading. (#16867)

User experience

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Many people are still having graphic card problems, specially #16815 Error starting GDM with [AMD/ATI] Carrizo.

  2. We got a lot of support requests about 'Tails not being able to delete images'. After a while we realised it was because of a confusing part of our documentation. We will try to fix that soon: #16975 Users get confused at our documentation and think Tails does not delete images at all.

  3. Users keep trying to use Electrum even when, at the moment, it is not easy in Tails.

Infrastructure

  • We finished fixing the description of the mechanism for the revocation of the Tails signing key after an external review. (#15604)

  • We discussed additions of new people to the Tails signing key revocation mechanism. (#16665)

  • The new backups system for our entire infrastructure is live. (#15071)

  • We upgraded our Puppet master (sic) to Debian 10 (Buster), which supports PuppetDB out of the box. This allowed us to drop a bunch of hackish workarounds and it was a great way to fast-track the onboarding of zen, our new sysadmin. (#16460)

  • We made great progress on our web translation platform:

    • We fixed a number of bugs identified since we submitted the platform to a production workload.
    • We modified in depth the permissions model to address issues identified by a security review.
    • We sent a public call for testing.
    • We kept working on documentation for translators.
    • We adjusted the resources allocated to the VM that runs this platform and deployed Apache mod_security to make it a bit less scary.

Funding

Outreach

Past events

  • A few Tails contributors attended DebConf19, the annual Debian Developers and Contributors Conference.

    intrigeri and nodens ran a skill-sharing session about AppArmor.

  • Ulrike, anonym, and sajolida attended Tor Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

Upcoming events

On-going discussions

Translations

All the website

  • de: 40% (2292) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 37% words translated
  • es: 53% (3002) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated
  • fa: 32% (1803) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 34% words translated
  • fr: 89% (5025) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 88% words translated
  • it: 34% (1947) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 30% words translated
  • pt: 26% (1465) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 22% words translated

Total original words: 59619

Core pages of the website

  • de: 69% (1216) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 71% words translated
  • es: 83% (1453) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 84% words translated
  • fa: 35% (624) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 32% words translated
  • fr: 96% (1680) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 96% words translated
  • it: 65% (1150) strings translated, 16% strings fuzzy, 66% words translated
  • pt: 47% (823) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated

Total original words: 16505

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 759 660 times this month. This makes 24 505 boots a day on average.

How do we know this?

Posted 2019-08-14

You can help Tails by testing the first beta for the upcoming version 4.0!

We are very excited about it and cannot wait to hear your feedback :)

What's new in 4.0~beta1?

Tails 4.0 will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 10 (Buster). As such, it upgrades essentially all included software.

We are particularly interested in detecting new problems with the following hardware:

  • Mac computers
  • Recent Nvidia and ATI/AMD graphics cards

Other changes in Tails 4.0~beta1 include:

  • Replace KeePassX with KeePassXC. (#15297)

  • Add support for Thunderbolt devices. (#5463)

    If you have a Thunderbolt device, please try using it.

    Choose Devices ▸ Thunderbolt from the Settings utility to authorize your Thunderbolt devices, if needed.

    See also the design document on Thunderbolt 3 in Fedora 28 to see how Thunderbolt is integrated in GNOME.

  • Remove Scribus. (#16290)

    You can install Scribus again using the Additional Software feature.

  • Remove LibreOffice Math. (#16911)

    You can install LibreOffice Math again using the Additional Software feature.

  • Allow opening persistent volumes from other Tails USB sticks. (#16789)

  • Display OpenPGP Applet on the left of the Tor status icon. (#14796)

  • Add the Files browser to the list of favorite applications. (#16799)

  • Change the background of the boot menu. (#16837)

  • Use the default bookmarks from Tor Browser instead of our own default bookmarks. (#15895)

  • Remove the Home launcher from the desktop. (#16799)

  • Remove the default accounts in Pidgin. (#16744)

Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

Known issues in 4.0~beta1

How to test Tails 4.0~beta1?

We will provide security upgrades for Tails 4.0~beta1 like we do for regular versions of Tails.

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.

Please, report any new problem to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list).

Get Tails 4.0~beta1

To download 4.0~beta1

Direct download

Tails 4.0~beta1 ISO image ?OpenPGP signature

Tails 4.0~beta1 USB image ?OpenPGP signature

BitTorrent download

Tails 4.0~beta1 ISO image torrent

Tails 4.0~beta1 USB image torrent

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are not available to 4.0~beta1.

  • You can do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

All the data on this USB stick will be lost.

What's coming up?

Tails 4.0 is scheduled for October 22.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2019-08-07 Tags: