Linux News Today: Edward Snowden's Favorite Distro Tails Gets Major Upgrade to 1.7
Tails, a Live operating system that is built with the declared purpose of keeping users safe and anonymous while going online, has been updated to version 1.7. This is a major upgrade and users have been advised to make the switch as soon as possible.
Tails is getting a lot more attention than it used to, even if the operating system has been around for a long time. The reason for the sudden fame is the fact that whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he used this Linux OS to keep his information trafficking activities safe from the authorities. Tails has even been spotted in a TV show, so we know that people are becoming much more aware of its existence.
This is a Linux distribution based on Debian, and it comes with a lot of interesting tools and modifications. One of the most important new features that have been added with this new release is the ability to start in an offline mode to disable all networking for additional security.
A new Tails release is now available for download
According to the changelog, Tor Browser has been upgraded to version 5.0.4. Tor now automatically restarts if connecting to the Tor network takes too long, the email client Icedove has been added (technology preview), wget is no longer leaking the IP address when using the FTP protocol, the synchronization of data on the USB stick is now forced at the end of automatic upgrades, the “I2P is ready” notification is now much more reliable, and a number of other improvements and fixes have added.
You can download the latest Tails 1.7 release from Softpedia and give it a spin. This is a Live CD, and it’s built in such a way that it doesn’t leave any traces on the systems running it. Also, please keep in mind that only the 32-bit builds are available for this Linux distribution.