Tails 5.12 arrives with Linux at 6.1.20, fixes and more


The Amnesic Incognito Live System or Tails is a Linux distribution designed to preserve privacy and anonymity

The release of the new version of the popular Linux distribution Tails 5.12 (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), which implements several package updates and some interface changes to persistent storage, bug fixes, and more.

For those who are new to Tails, you should know that this is a distribution that is based on the Debian package base y designed to provide anonymous access to the network, in order to preserve the privacy and anonymity of the user on the network.

Anonymous output from Tails is provided by Tor In all connections, since the traffic through the Tor network, they are blocked by default with a packet filter, with which the user does not leave a trace on the network unless they want otherwise. Encryption is used to store user data in save user data mode between startups, in addition to presenting a series of preconfigured applications designed for the security and anonymity of the user, such as a web browser, the mail client, an instant message client among others.

Main new features of Tails 5.12

This new version presented by Tails 5.12 arrives loaded with updates of packages, of which the most outstanding updates are those of the Linux kernel updated to version 6.1.20 with improved support for graphics cards, Wi-Fi and other hardware, as well as performance improvements and optimizations in some file systems, such as Ext4, Btrfs, among others (if you want to know more about the news of this branch of the Kernel you can check this post).

Another of the updates that stands out is that of Tor Browser that has been updated to version 12.0.5, which is built on the firefox base to 102.10.0 esr, with bug fixes, stability improvements, and important security updates included, plus Firefox 112 Android-specific security updates were also supported along with NoScript updated to 11.4.21 and GeckoView updated to 102.10esr.

For the part of the specific changes of this new release of Tails 5.12 is that sA button has been added to the interface to enable/disable persistent storage to delete data previously stored in this storage, as well as when creating a persistent storage, a message is provided with an example of a high-quality randomly generated password.

In addition to that, we can also find that a new icon has been proposed for persistent storage backup and improved error messages for persistent storage activation issues.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Added a progress indicator when activating a new feature to clarify that it may take some time.
  • In the settings, in case of problems with the activation of persistent storage, the user has the opportunity to try to disable and re-enable persistent storage or delete the data it contains.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about this new version, you can check the details at the following link.

Download Tails 5.12

Si you want to try or install this new version of this Linux distribution on your computer, You can obtain the image of the system which is already available from its official website in its download section, link is this.

The image obtained from the download section is a 1 GB ISO image capable of working in live mode.

How to update to the new version of Tails 5.12?

For those users who have a previous version of Tails installed and want to upgrade to this new version, can do directly following the instructions in this link.

For this they can make use of their USB device that they used to install Tails, they can consult the information to carry this movement on their computer In the following link. 

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