You can help Tails! The first beta 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~beta1?

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

Other changes include:

  • A 64-bit processor is now required.

  • We redesigned Tails Greeter entirely.

    Redesigned Tails Greeter alpha screenshot

  • GNOME Shell is now configured to use its default black theme.

  • We fixed a lot of problems since Tails 3.0~alpha1.

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

How to test Tails 3.0~beta1?

We will provide security updates for Tails 3.0~beta1, just like we do for stable versions of Tails.

But 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 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.

Download and install

Tails 3.0~beta1 ISO image OpenPGP signature

To install 3.0~beta1, follow our usual installation instructions, skipping the Download and verify step.

Known issues in 3.0~beta1

  • The documentation was not adjusted yet.

  • The Formats settings chosen in Tails Greeter have no effect (#12079).

  • There is no Read-Only feature for the persistent volume anymore; it is not clear yet whether it will be re-introduced in time for Tails 3.0 final (#12093).

  • Some commonly used ways to start graphical applications as the root user are not supported anymore. Some workarounds are documented on #12000.

  • If you use the KeePassX persistence feature, you need to manually import your passwords database (#10956).

  • Some command-line programs (at least Monkeysign, Git, and wget) display confusing error messages in the Terminal, although they work fine: #11736, #12091, #12205.

  • I2P fails to start (#12108). Note that the I2P feature has not been maintained in Tails since more than a year, so I2P may be removed in Tails 2.12 if this problem is not solved soon.

  • Open tickets for Tails 3.0

  • Longstanding known issues