Tails 1.0 review: Protect your privacy with a secure Linux distro

In today's open source roundup: A review of Tails 1.0. Plus: Sabayon Linux 14.05 GNOME screenshot tour, and Calibre 1.36 released with new features

Tails 1.0 has been getting quite a lot of press lately, given all of the concerns out there about privacy and tracking by governments and ad agencies. Computerworld has a review of Tails 1.0 and covers the pluses and minuses of using Tails to protect your privacy on the Internet.

According to Computerworld:

Tails offers two types of protection: anonymity and encryption.

Anonymity is the more difficult of the two. If you want anonymity, you need to foil traffic analysis -- analysis of the trackable metadata that Internet routers require. Tails does this by routing your Internet travels through a service called Tor (which stands for The Onion Router).

Tor, which was invented by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for protecting government communications, is a distributed, anonymous global network of routers that steers your Internet workings through a twisty chain of encrypted TCP connections. Each link in the chain knows only about the links that it connects to: the previous links and next hops. No single relay knows your whole data path. Tor also gets around any Internet fences or roadblocks. It is available for anyone to use and is maintained by a global community of volunteers.

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Tails can be an extremely useful tool for privacy protection, but it does take some getting used to and it helps if you are familiar with it. The Tails site has extensive information that you might want to browse through before booting into Tails on your computer.

About Tails

Getting Started With Tails

Tails Documentation

Tails Help and Support

Contribute to Tails

Tails News

Sabayon 14.05 GNOME screenshot tour

Linux Screenshots has a tour of Sabayon Linux 14.05 GNOME.

According to Linux Screenshots:

Sabayon Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution which follows the works-out-of-the-box philosophy, aiming to give the user a wide number of applications that are ready for use and a self-configured operating system. Sabayon offers the user an easy-to-use workspace with a captivating look, good hardware detection and a large number of up-to-date software packages installed by default, with additional software available from a repository. Sabayon is available in several flavors featuring respectively the KDE, GNOME, LXDE, Xfce and Enlightenment desktop environments.

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Softpedia has an overview of some of what Sabayon Linux 14.05 has to offer.

Calibre 1.36 released with new features

Softpedia also reports that ebook software application Calibre 1.36 has been released, and it contains quite a lot of new features.

According to Softpedia:

As usual, numerous aspects of the application have received various changes, but it seems that this week the Calibre developer focused more on new features, including one for DOCX documents that should prove very useful.

“Support has been added for cross references. Cross references that are used to insert hyperlinks are now converted into hyperlinks in the output document. Features to insert paragraph/page numbers are not supported,” reads the changelog.

According to the developer, a number of other features have been added. For example, a new tool to filter style information (Tools > Filter style information) has been added, support has been added for viewing Kepub files in the Calibre viewer by treating them as regular EPUB files, a few words of text are now shown for the Insert Link tool alongside the anchor name, copying all selected words by right clicking them and choosing “Copy to clipboard” is now allowed, and .ibook format files are now available in OPDS feeds.

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You can get a complete list of new features and bug fixes at the Calibre 1.36 release announcement.

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