Privacy-focused Linux distro Tails 5 Beta now available for download with many critical security bug fixes

If you’re worried about your privacy, there’s plenty you can do to secure it. Tails, The Amnesiac Incognito Live System, is a live Linux-based operating system that you can boot into on any computer. Once running it can be used to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging chats.

Today, the developers release a beta version of Tails 5.0, and this is the first version of the distro based on Debian 11 (Bullseye). It offers new versions of most of the software included in Tails, as well as some important usability improvements.

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The full changelog is as follows:

Upgrade to Debian 11 (Bullseye).

    - Fixes opening a Veracrypt volume with a long passphrase (tails#17474)

    - NetworkManager now uses its internal DHCP client

    - Removes python2

    - Software upgrades:

      - GNOME 3.38

      - Audacity 2.4.2

      - bookletimposer 0.3

      - GIMP 2.20.22

      - Inkscape 1.0.2

      - LibreOffice 7.0.4

      - NetworkManager 1.30.0

      - OnionCircuits 0.7

      - Pidgin 2.14.1

      - Thunderbird 91.7.0-2~deb11u1

      - X.Org 1.20.11

Upgrade Tor Browser to 11.0.10-build1 (tails#777)

Enable driverless printing and scanning (tails#18521)

Fix locales translation in the Welcome Screen (tails#18199, tails/tails!683)


      - all formats are shown

      - translations appear again in Greeter

      - when native l10n is not available, use english

      - all languages are listed

Drop hack to kill GDM on login, not necessary anymore on Bullseye (tails#17952)

Have tor log to the Journal (tails#18842)

Have NetworkManager and MAC spoofing ignore veth* network interfaces (tails#18443)

Drop deprecated printer-driver-hpijs (tails#18225)

Fix devel branch FTBFS (tails/tails!773)


      - Preserve UIDs/GIDs stability

      - Refresh list of standard packages

Drop obsolete patch (tails/tails!690)


      - Drop obsolete patch

Fix the Tails Installer in bullseye (tails/tails!679)


      - retry has shorter sleep times

      - FIX self.sleep never existed

      - retry getting udisks object upon failure

      - don't rescan devices: we already know!

      - partition_device returns a UDI

      - refactor detect_supported_drives

      - retrying getting system partition helps

      - race conditions? let's increase sleep time!

Fix Scenario: Upgrading an old Tails USB installation from another Tails USB

    drive (tails/tails!765)


      - apparently fix tails/tails#18840

      - send tails installer log to syslog

Additional Software: synchronize APT data when needed directly from t-p-s



      - Test suite: restart Tails in the same way we expect the user to

      - Test suite: don't exit the persistence wizard once done, make saving settings


      - Test suite: refactoring (convert step to method)

      - Additional Software: synchronize APT data when needed directly from t-p-s

      - Remove XXX:Bullseye: this is not going to happen

Update gdm-tails.json for Bullseye (tails/tails!689)


      - Add pointer accessibility support to gdm-tails.json

      - gdm-tails.json: remove panelStyle

Update VeraCrypt test suite for Bullseye (tails/tails!686)


      - Test suite: trim expected image to account for GNOME mounted volume


      - Give exchange USB drive more space

      - Test suite: update to new GNOME Disks UI

      - Test suite: update Nautilus application name

      - Test suite: update expected picture

 -- Tails developers <[email protected]>  Mon, 04 Apr 2022 09:25:25 +0000

tails (4.28) unstable; urgency=medium

Upgrade to Tor Browser 11.0.7-build2 based on Firefox 91.7 (tails/tails!741)

    Closes issues:

      - Upgrade to Tor Browser 11.0.7 based on Firefox 91.7 (tails/tails#18853)


      - Fetch Tor Browser from our own archive

      - Upgrade Tor Browser to 11.0.7-build2

Upgrade to Thunderbird 91.6.1

Upgrade to tor (tails/tails!737)

    Closes issues:

      - Upgrade to tor (tails/tails#18835)


      - Upgrade to tor (Closes #18835)

Enable obfs4proxy logging (tails/tails!734)


      - save obfs4proxy logs into artifacts

      - enable obfs4proxy debug logging

      - "obfs4proxy managed" is an option from the past

Minor fixes to custom-apt-cruft-check (tails/tails!733)


      - custom-apt-cruft-check: output nicer Markdown

      - Give method a name closer to what it wraps

      - ordered list

      - fix wrong variable name

      - markdown-ish

      - we obey rubocop

Test suite: collect logs of tor & friends when we timed out waiting for TCA to

    connect (tails/tails!732)

    Closes issues:

      - Test suite does not save tor log on "Timed out while waiting for TCA to connect

        to Tor (Timeout::Error)" (tails/tails#18850)


      - Apply 2 suggestion(s) to 1 file(s)

      - Test suite: collect logs of tor & friends when we timed out waiting for TCA to


Test suite: ignore old APT repository signing key (tails/tails!731)

    Closes issues:

      - Test suite: ignore expiration date of 221F9A3C6FA3E09E182E060BC7988EA7A358D82E



      - Test suite: ignore old APT repository signing key

Test suite can test on the real Tor network (tails/tails!725)

    Closes issues:

      - Test behavior on the real Tor network (tails/tails#18847)


      - move Jenkins-only code in the appropriate section

      - better debug message

      - shell oneliner converted to ruby

      - Configure simulated Tor network: step -> function

      - rubocop is happier

      - Test suite: don't try to save chutney data when it does not exist

      - add at least one relevant scenario

      - if +real-Tor, select relevant scenarios

      - test suite runs with real Tor, if +real-Tor

      - "default bridges" honors --disable-chutney

      - Check adapted to --disable-chutney

      - run_test_suite --disable-chutney

      - chutney-specific conf  moved into appropriate step

To get Tails 5.0 Beta1 use the links below:

Direct download

BitTorrent download

The full, stable version of Tails 5.0 is expected to be released on May 3 or May 31.

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