You can help Tails! The first alpha for the upcoming version 3.0 is out. We are very excited and cannot wait to hear what you think about it :)

What's new in 3.0?

Tails 3.0 will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 9 (Stretch). As such, it upgrades essentially all included software.

It also requires a 64-bit computer, and GNOME Shell is now configured to use its default black theme.

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

How to test Tails 3.0~alpha1?

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.

But test wildly!

If you find anything that is not working as it should, please report to us tails-testers@boum.org.

Bonus points if you first check if it is a known issue of this release or a longstanding known issue.

Download and install

Tails 3.0~alpha1 ISO image OpenPGP signature

You cannot install Tails 3.0~alpha1 from Tails 2.x. It is impossible as well to upgrade to Tails 3.0~alpha1 from Tails 2.x. So, either install or upgrade from a non-Tails system, or start Tails 3.0~alpha1 from DVD and then clone it to a USB stick.

To install 3.0~alpha1, follow our usual installation instructions, skipping the Download and verify step.

If you find anything that is not working as it should, please report to us on tails-testers@boum.org.

Bonus points if you first check if it is a known issue of this release or a longstanding known issue.

Known issues in 3.0~alpha1

  • The documentation was not adjusted yet.

  • Open tickets for Tails 3.0

  • If you have the GnuPG persistence feature enabled, update files in /home/amnesia/.gnupg/:

    1. Set up an administration password and log in.
    2. Import dirmngr.conf from /lib/live/mount/rootfs/filesystem.squashfs/etc/skel/.gnupg/dirmngr.conf.
    3. Backup the /home/amnesia/.gnupg/gpg.conf file, replace it with /lib/live/mount/rootfs/filesystem.squashfs/etc/skel/.gnupg/gpg.conf, and re-apply your custom settings on top of the new file.
  • Longstanding known issues