Software update: Tails 4.1

Tails stands for “The amnesic incognito live system” and is a live Linux distribution that focuses on privacy and anonymity. It uses Debian GNU / Linux as a base and adds a Gnome environment with Tor, Tor Browser, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Electrum, LibreOffice, GPG and KeePassXC. For more information, we refer to this page. The development team released version 4.1 with the following announcement:

Changes and upgrades

  • Use, also available here, as the default OpenPGP key server.
    • is more trustworthy than other OpenPGP public key servers because it only references an OpenPGP public key after sending a confirmation email to the email addresses listed in the key.
    • does not distribute third-party signatures, which are the signatures on a key that were made by some other key. Third-party signatures are the signatures used to create the OpenPGP Web of Trust.
    • prevents OpenPGP certificate flooding attacks, which can make your OpenPGP keyring unusable and crash your computer.

    To learn more about, read their About and FAQ pages.

  • Update Tor Browser to 9.0.2.
  • Update Thunderbird to from 60.9.0 to 68.2.2.
  • Replace the TorBirdy extension with custom settings and patches in Thunderbird that provide equivalent privacy.
  • Update Enigmail to 2.1.3, which has a simplified setup wizard that automatically creates an OpenPGP key for new email accounts.
  • Update Linux to 5.3.9. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).

Fixed problems

  • Add back the Show Passphrase check box in Tails Greeter. (# 17177)
  • Fix the display of the troubleshooting error when GDM fails to start. (# 17200)
  • Add back the option to Open in Terminal when doing right-click (on Mac, click with two fingers) in a folder in the Files browser. (# 17186)
  • Make the installation of additional software more reliable. (# 17203)

For more details, read our changelog.

Version number 4.1
Release status Final
Operating systems Linux
Website Tails
License type Conditions (GNU / BSD / etc.)