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 (Free, Open Source), Debian (Free, Open Source), Manjaro Linux (Free, Open Source) and Arch Linux (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 13, 2021

    1. 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.
      Ubuntu vs Tails opinions
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      It's not based on security.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      Tails is a secure, anonymous OS, targeting anonymous Internet usage. Ubuntu is not.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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    2. 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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      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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    3. 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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      Debian vs Tails opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Debian is still a legitimate alternative to Tails, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      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.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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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.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    4. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
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    5. 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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      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.
      not a privacy linux specialized
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    6. Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.
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      Qubes OS vs Tails opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Qubes OS is a great alternative to Tails.
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      Runs everything in Virtual Machines.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      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.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      Security oriented, routes everything through tor
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      oomelyannaoo It is a security-oriented operating system just like Tails
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Its listed fifth besides being the only one that routes traffic via Tor.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    7. The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat Enterprise Linux , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives.
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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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    8. 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. Kali Linux is preinstalled with numerous penetration-testing programs, including...
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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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    9. Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. It is based on Ubuntu Debian Linux.
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      Xubuntu vs Tails opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Xubuntu is still a legitimate alternative to Tails, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      OAKSIF0 Xubuntu 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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    10. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose distribution.
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      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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