Software Update: Tails 4.16

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 its base and adds a Gnome environment with Tor, Tor Browser, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Electrum, LibreOffice, GPG and KeePassXC. For more information, please refer to this page. The development team has released version 4.16 with the following changes and improvements:

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 10.0.12.
  • Update Thunderbird to 78.7.0.
  • Update Linux to 5.10.13. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, and so on).
  • Update Tor to

Fixed problems

  • Stop focusing on the Cancel button by default when downloading an upgrade to prevent canceling the download by mistake. (#18072)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

  • Automatic upgrades are broken from Tails 4.14 and earlier. To upgrade from Tails 4.14 or earlier, you can either:
    do a manual upgrade, or Fix the automatic upgrade from a terminal. To do so:
  • Start Tails and set up an administration password.
  • In a terminal, execute the following command: torsocks curl –silent lets-encrypt-r3.pem | sudo tee –append /usr/local/etc/ssl/certs/ && systemctl –user restart tails-upgrade-frontend

Version number 4.16
Release status Final
Operating systems Linux
Website tails
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)