Tails 5.8 has already been released and comes with Wayland by default


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

The launch of the new version of the popular Linux distribution “Tails 5.8” And in this new version, one of the most important changes that we can find is the change to Wayland, which is already enabled by default.

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 5.8

In this new version that is presented of Tails 5.8 it is highlighted that user environment moved from X server to use Wayland protocol, which increased the security of all graphical applications by improving control over how applications interact with the system.

For example, unlike X11 in Wayland, input and output are isolated to each window, and the client cannot access the content of other client windows, nor can it intercept input events related to other windows.

The transition to Wayland made it possible to enable Unsafe Browser by default, designed to access resources on the local network (previously, Unsafe Browser was disabled by default, as compromising another application could result in launching a user-invisible Unsafe Browser window) from the user to transmit information about the IP address). Wayland's app also allowed for the inclusion of features like sound.

Another change that stands out in this new version is that a new interface for configuring persistent storage has been proposed, which is used to permanently store user data between sessions (for example, you can store files, Wi-Fi passwords, browser bookmarks, etc.), plus the need to reboot after creating storage has been removed persistent or activate new features. Provided support for changing the password for persistent storage.

It is also worth noting that usability problems were corrected in the Tor Connection application. For example, the percentage display is provided when displaying the progress of the operation, and the Bridge tag is added before the line for entering the address of the bridge node.

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

  • Added the ability to create persistent storage from the welcome screen.
  • Added support for getting information about new Tor bridge nodes by scanning a QR code.
  • The QR code can be obtained at bridges.torproject.org or sent in response to an email sent to bridges@torproject.org from a Gmail or Riseup account.
  • Updated versions of Tor Browser 12.0.1, Thunderbird 102.6.0 and Tor

Download Tails 5.8

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 1.2 GB ISO image capable of working in live mode.

How to update to the new version of Tails 5.8?

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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