(The Anonymous Incognito Live System) is a Linux distribution based on Debian. Tails are designed to be for users who want privacy on the Internet. By default, Tails comes with many applications such as Internet browser, email client, IM, IRC client, etc. All the applications are configured to send all the users traffic through the network called the Tor network. Tor network makes it very hard to trace the traffic and know the users personal information such as users’ location etc.
You can know more about Tails network here.
Tails 8 is based on Debian 8 “Jessy” upgrades. There are new upgraded packages in this Debian upgrade and many system improvements.
- Many core GNOME utilities from 3.4 to 3.14: Files, Disks, Videos, etc.
- LibreOffice from 3.5 to 4.3
- PiTiVi from 0.15 to 0.93
- Git from 1.7.10 to 2.1.4
- Poedit from 1.5.4 to 1.6.10
- Liferea from 1.8.6 to 1.10
- Change to systemd as init system and use it to:
Sandbox many services using Linux namespaces and make them harder to exploit.
Make the launching of Tor and the memory wipe on shutdown more robust.
Sanitize our code base by replacing many custom scripts.
- Tails 2.0 has replaced Icedove with Claws Mail, a rebranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird.
- Update most firmware packages which might improve hardware compatibility.
- Notify the user if Tails is running from a non-free virtualization software.
- HiDPI displays are better supported. (#8659)
- Remove the option to open a download with an external application in Tor Browser as this is usually impossible due to the AppArmor confinement. (#9285)
- Close Vidalia before restarting Tor.
- Allow Videos to access the DVD drive. (#10455, #9990)
- Allow configuring printers without administration password. (#8443)
Overall the team has implemented major features, changes, and fixes. The implementation of GNOME shell is a major change which I love the most. I am sure people will love this too especially users who use Fedora, OpenSuse and other Linux distros who provide GNOME version of their distros. Give us your opinion. Tell us what you love the most in this release. Take the below poll and comment in the comment section below.