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Tails Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Tails for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Tails and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Tails are Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Debian and Manjaro Linux.

Tails alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Tails.
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  1. Ubuntu icon

    Ubuntu

    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    177 alternatives to Ubuntu 

    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

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    1.  Support for scriptingUbuntu supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsUbuntu can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  LightweightUbuntu consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  PortableUbuntu can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Privacy focusedUbuntu is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    6.  Ad-freeUbuntu doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    RedTrillix

    This is definitely not an alternative to Tails.

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    Guest

    Tails is a secure, anonymous OS, targeting anonymous Internet usage. Ubuntu is not.

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    Guest

    It's not based on security.

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  2. Linux Mint icon

    Linux Mint

    • Linux
    203 alternatives to Linux Mint 

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).

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    1.  Ad-freeLinux Mint doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  No TrackingLinux Mint will not track you or use your personal data.
    3.  Dark ModeLinux Mint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Privacy focusedLinux Mint is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Linux Mint vs Tails opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Linux Mint is still a legitimate alternative to Tails, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    OAKSIF0

    Linux Mint is a generic Linux distro that does not come out of the box with Tor routing all network traffic - which is the primary feature of Tails.

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    RedTrillix

    Definitely not an alternative to Tails.

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  3. Arch Linux icon

    Arch Linux

    • Linux
    194 alternatives to Arch Linux 

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseArch Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  LightweightArch Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    arch with KDE 4.4 desktop
    another arch with KDE 4.3 desktop
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    Arch Linux vs Tails opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Arch Linux is still a legitimate alternative to Tails, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    OAKSIF0

    Arch Linux is a generic Linux distro that does not come out of the box with Tor routing all network traffic - which is the primary feature of Tails.

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    Guest

    not a privacy linux specialized

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  4. Debian icon

    Debian

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    212 alternatives to Debian 

    The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseDebian supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  No TrackingDebian will not track you or use your personal data.
    Debian 9 gnome.
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    Guest

    Debian is a generic Linux distro that does not come out of the box with Tor routing all network traffic - which is the primary feature of Tails.

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    OAKSIF0

    Linux Tails is based off of Debian Linux but Debian doesn't come out of the box with TOR, RAM wiping, privacy tools, or Veracrypt.

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  5. Manjaro Linux icon

    Manjaro Linux

    • Linux
    • Arch Linux
    223 alternatives to Manjaro Linux 

    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting...

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseManjaro Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  LightweightManjaro Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  No TrackingManjaro Linux will not track you or use your personal data.
    Manjaro 19.0 Kyria (Xfce)
    Manjaro 17.0 Gellivara (KDE)


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    Fedora

    • Linux
    204 alternatives to Fedora 

    Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

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    1.  Privacy focusedFedora is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  No TrackingFedora will not track you or use your personal data.
    Fedora 23 (GNOME)
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    Fedora vs Tails opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Fedora is still a legitimate alternative to Tails, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    OAKSIF0

    Fedora is a generic Linux distro that does not come out of the box with Tor routing all network traffic - which is the primary feature of Tails.

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  7. Qubes OS icon

    Qubes OS

    • Linux
    • Fedora
    • Xen
    192 alternatives to Qubes OS 

    Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.

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    1.  Container VirtualizationQubes OS can make use of isolated user spaces called "containers" to run applications.
    2.  Privacy focusedQubes OS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Qubes OS vs Tails opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Qubes OS is a great alternative to Tails.
    privacy_pirate

    Like Tails, Qubes OS routes all traffic over Tor. It also has advanced virtualization and hardened security settings that would be desirable to anyone who uses tails for its security upgrades.

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    JohnFastman

    Tails is a Debian-based distro you might install on a USB stick and run live. It funnels traffic through TOR to protect anonymity and wipes its behind on the way out. Qubes can do the same through its Whonix VM, but it also offers much more. It's offers security, by building ephemeral VMs in which apps can run. Thsese can be Debian, Fedora or Whonix based. Anonymity+security with Qubes.

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    Guest

    Runs everything in Virtual Machines.

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    Guest

    Security oriented, routes everything through tor

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    oomelyannaoo

    It is a security-oriented operating system just like Tails

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    Guest

    Its listed fifth besides being the only one that routes traffic via Tor.

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    OAKSIF0

    Great alternative to Linux Tails. Is more secure by isolating everything using Virtual Machines. Takes more resources obviously but more secure. Downside is that its not portable like Linux Tails is, but you can carry it around in a USB stick preferably 128GB.

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    Pop!_OS

    • Linux
    202 alternatives to Pop!_OS 

    Pop!_OS is an operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Based on your exceptional curiosity, we sense you have a lot of it.

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    Kali Linux

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    18 alternatives to Kali Linux 

    Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing, originally forked from Backtrack Linux by the Offensive Security team.

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    Kali Linux vs Tails opinions
    Most users think Kali Linux is a great alternative to Tails.
    OAKSIF0

    Kali Linux is a penetration testing Linux distro that does not come out of the box with Tor routing all network traffic - which is the primary feature of Tails. Although Kali Linux has hacking tools it has no tools for privacy or anonymity.

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    openSUSE

    • Linux
    201 alternatives to openSUSE 

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseopenSUSE supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    GNOME desktop in openSUSE Leap 15.2.
    KDE Plasma desktop in openSUSE Leap 15.2.
    openSUSE vs Tails opinions
    This alternative is disputed. openSUSE is still a legitimate alternative to Tails, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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