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February 28, 2024

Official Release of Tails 6.0: A Comprehensive Review of its Foundation on Debian 12 “Bookworm” and GNOME 43

Tails, the Debian-based security-focused Linux distribution with an objective to maintain Internet confidentiality and anonymity, has undergone a notable update today to version 6.0. This significant update brings forth fresh features as well as contemporized elements.

This update is based on the most recent Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” operating system series. Tails 6.0 comes packaged with the GNOME 43 desktop environment as standard and showcases fault detection for Persistent Storage, aimed at aiding you in diagnosing hardware malfunctions. It provides protection from harmful USB devices and also includes the facility for automatically mounting external devices.

The newly introduced auto-mounting adds support for encrypted devices. Thus, you will likely be asked to key in a password to unlock the encryption automatically. Nonetheless, bear in mind that the new “protection against malicious USB devices” feature will automatically disregard any device connected to your computer whilst the screen is locked.

Following the fresh GNOME 43 desktop update, Tails 6.0 also presents support for a dark mode. Furthermore, an all-new Night Light mode has been introduced that modifies the screen to exhibit softer colors and decreases brightness. In addition to these, GNOME 43 introduces a built-in screenshot and screencast feature.

Also included in this release is easier configuration of Gmail accounts in the Mozilla Thunderbird email client as you can now sign in directly and you don’t have to configure anything special. In addition, Persistent Storage passphrases are now generated in Catalan, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish languages.

Default software included in Tails 6.0 are the Tor Browser 13.0.10 anonymous web browser, KeePassXC 2.7.4 password manager, Electrum 4.3.4 Bitcoin wallet, Metadata Cleaner 2.4.0 privacy tool, Inkscape 1.2.2 SVG editor, Audacity 3.2.4 audio editor, GIMP 2.10.34 image editor, and Kleopatra 22.12 certificate manager.

Tails 6.0 is available for download right now from the official website as ISO or USB images. Existing users will have to perform a manual upgrade following these instructions. For more details about the changes included in this update, check out the full release notes.

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