Linux News Today: Tails 2.0.1 Debian-Based Linux OS Will Keep You Anonymous Online
Tails, a Live operating system that is built for the declared purpose of keeping users safe and anonymous while going online, is now at version 2.0.1 and is ready for download.
Tails is an old operating system that got into the spotlight when the famous whistleblower Edward Snowden admitted that he used it to protect himself from the watchful eye of the government. We can’t say if it helped, but the fact that he mentioned it was enough to make Tails a very sought-after Linux distribution.
The promise of anonymity is a tall one, and developers need to keep the distribution updated and with the latest available packages. Some upgrades are more interesting than others, and the same can be said about Tails 2.0.1, which is just a small maintenance iteration.
A new Tails release is now available for download
As you all know, Tails is based on Debian, and developers have recently made the switch to Debian 8.0 Jessie. We hoped to see more upgrades related to Debian, but it only brings a new version of Tor and some security fixes.
“Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location,” the official website reads.
According to the changelog, Tor Browser has been upgraded to version 5.5.2, a regression breaking boot on 32-bit UEFI platforms has been taken care of, and some security fixes have been implemented.
You can download the latest Tails 2.0.1 release from Softpedia and take it for 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.