Celebrating 10 years of Tails!

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In 2019, we are especially proud of celebrating with you the 10 years of Tails.

The first release of Tails, back then amnesia, was announced in 2009. Since then we released 98 versions of Tails, which were used more than 25 million times.

Here are some stories about how it all started and some vintage screenshots. But first of all, the birthday cake!

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2009–2010: amnesia, T(A)ILS, and their ancestors

Today, Tails is based on Debian, Tor, and GNOME. We inherit from their work and try to contribute back in order to create a healthy ecosystem of reliable, secure, and usable tools.

When we started the amnesia project back in 2009, other projects before us paved the way to what is Tails today:

Knoppix, born in 2000 and still alive today, was the first popular live Linux distribution. Back then, it was a groundbreaking achievement to be able to start and use Linux without going through lengthy, very complex, and uncertain Linux install "parties". Knoppix was primarily designed for convenience and diagnosis.

Incognito, born in 2007 and based on Gentoo, pushed the concept of live operating systems a bit further by focusing on security and online anonymity. It was the first live operating system to include a full set of applications preconfigured to go through Tor (browser, email client, IRC client, etc.), offer a persistent Home directory, and even allow hosting onion services. Its original author, Pat Double, resigned in 2007 and anonym, who still works for Tails today, took over the maintenance of Incognito. Incognito was the…
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