The Tails project released today Tails 4.1, a monthly update to their Debian-based amnesic incognito live system (also known as Anonymous OS) that brings all the latest software updates and various improvements.
Coming five weeks after Tails OS 4.0, a major release based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series, Tails OS 4.1 is here with a new default OpenPGP key server, namely https://keys.openpgp.org/, which the project says is “more trustworthy than other OpenPGP public key servers.”
According to the Tails developers, the new default OpenPGP key server doesn’t distribute third-party signatures, references OpenPGP public keys only after sending a confirmation email to the addresses listed in the key, and also blocks OpenPGP certificate flooding attacks.
Tails OS 4.1 also comes with various updated components, among which we can mention the latest TOR Browser 9.0.2 anonymous web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 68.2.2 email and news client with the Enigmail 2.1.3 data encryption and decryption add-on for Mozilla Thunderbird and custom privacy settings and patches.
Tails OS 4.2 scheduled for release on January 7th, 2020
Tails OS 4.1 also re-adds the Show Passphrase check box in the Tails Greeter, as well as the “Open in Terminal” option when right-clicking in a folder in the Files app. Under the hood, Tails OS 4.1 uses the Linux 5.3.9 kernel, which brings improved support for newer hardware like graphics, Wi-Fi, and others.
The installation of additional software is now more reliable in the new Tails OS release, which also fixed the display of the troubleshooting error when the login screen fails to start. You can download Tails OS 4.1 right now through our free Linux software portal.
Existing users can do an automatic or manual upgrade from Tails OS 4.0 to Tails OS 4.1, whichever works best for them. The next major release, Tails OS 4.2, is expected to arrive early next year, on January 7th, with more updated components and bug fixes, as well as a much-improved upgrade process.
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