Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2016 22:38 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Debian and its clones

Tails (The amnesic incognito live system) is a live OS based on Debian GNU/Linux which aims at preserving the user's privacy and anonymity by using the Internet anonymously and circumventing censorship. Installed on a USB device, it is configured to leave no trace on the computer you are using unless asked explicitly.

As of today, the people the most needy for digital security are not computer experts. Being able to get started easily with a new tool is critical to its adoption, and even more in high-risk and stressful environments. That's why we wanted to make it faster, simpler, and more secure to install Tails for new users.

One of the components of Tails, the Tails Installer is now in Debian thanks to the Debian Privacy Tools Maintainers Team.

On a related note, Tails 2.0.1 was released a few days ago as well.

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RE: Comment by Trenien
by patrix on Tue 16th Feb 2016 12:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by Trenien"
patrix
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2006-05-21

"Tails Installer is a graphical tool to install or upgrade Tails on a USB stick from an ISO image. It aims at making it easier and faster to get Tails up and running."

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RE[2]: Comment by Trenien
by Trenien on Tue 16th Feb 2016 13:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Trenien"
Trenien Member since:
2007-10-11

I've seen that, however...
Back when I took an interest in Tails, I remember reading somewhere that using a CD was a much better choice over a USB stick. The reason was that the former can't be modified whereas the latter can.

Especially in matters of security, there is a point where choosing convenience is, in and out of itself, the worst thing you may do.

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RE[3]: Comment by Trenien
by darknexus on Tue 16th Feb 2016 14:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Trenien"
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2008-07-15

I think the key is to have a read-only filesystem regardless of media type. ISO9660 is, for example, read-only no matter what media it resides on. If that is encrypted on top of it you can be darn sure, no matter the media, that you've got an unmodified live system running. Obviously you could run the risk of hacked firmware, however that's a risk you deal with no matter the media in any case.

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RE[3]: Comment by Trenien
by jessesmith on Tue 16th Feb 2016 17:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Trenien"
jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

That is true, but many computers do not have optical drives these days. That is why it is nice to have the USB installer.

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