Tails 2.0 is one of the most popular Linux distributions based on Debian. Tails is Live CD/USB that aims to provide freedom by making its users anonymous on the web. All the applications' traffic such as Internet browser, email client, IM etc. is sent through the Tor network that is very hard to trace. Recently Tails team released Tails 2.0 with some major changes, some security fixes and lots of other improvements.
What Is Tails?
Tails (The Anonymous Incognito Live System) is a Linux distribution based on Debian. Tails is 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.
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What's New In Tails 2.0?
Yesterday Tails team announced Tails 2.0 with some new features, security fixes and improvements that make it more user-friendly, secure and more stable.
Tails 2.0 Uses GNOME Shell As Default Desktop Environment
The major change/feature in Tails 2.0 is that the Tails uses GNOME Shell in classic mode as default desktop environment. If you have used Fedora then you are already familiar with GNOME desktop environment. I think the reason of implementing GNOME in Tails is that it is faster and stable.
Debian 8 "Jessy" Upgraded
Tails 8 is based on Debian 8 "Jessy" upgrades. There are new upgraded packages in this Debian upgrade and many system improvements.
Tails 2.0 now has Tor 5.5 which is based on Firefox 38.6.0 ESR that added Japanese support.
Removed Windows Camouflage
Sadly the team had to remove Windows Camouflage from Tails 2.0. Windows Camouflage makes Tails to look like Windows. This way people around you think that you are using Windows. Currently Windows Camouflage is broken for GNOME shell so the team had to remove it but the team has started working on it to fix it. It is expected to come back soon.
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.
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.
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