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Just earlier this month, the creators of Tails Linux distribution released their updated version that included the steps taken by Linux kernel devs to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Within one month, they’re here with a new and updated version with more security fixes.

The development team has strongly urged the users to update their installations as soon as possible. Some of the fixed issues in this release deal with Tor browser, amd64-microcode, Thunderbird, libxml2, gdk-pixbug, and bind9. You can read about these issues in detail on this page.

Moving on to the new features and changes, Tails 3.5 anonymity distro’s Tor features a redesigned Launcher that’s used to connect to a Tor bridge or a local proxy.

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Other changes are updates to Tor Browser 7.5, Linux 4.14.13, Thunderbird 52.5, and new microcode firmware for AMD to deal with Spectre flaw.

As a part of the continued polishing effort to improve the user experience, PDF printing in Tor browser, documentation, applications menu issue, etc., have been fixed.

There are a couple of known issues as well. For example, during the starting of Tails, there’s an alarming message about a kernel bug. However, it doesn’t affect the safety.

Tails 3.5 download and upgrade

The automatic upgrade from Tails 3.3 and 3.4 to 3.5 is available. If it fails, you can go for the manual upgrade as well. For the new users, the fresh Tails 3.5 installation media can be found here.

In case Tails doesn’t suit your privacy needs, there are some other options as well. Feel free to check out our list of the best Linux distros for anonymous browsing and secure your digital life.

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Adarsh Verma
Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]