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Tails 4.22 improves Tor connection wizard

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Tails 4.22 available to download, tails stands for “The Amnesic Incognito Live System” and uses the Tor network to anonymize the network through whose node computer the network traffic is routed. It is designed as a live system for use on USB sticks or DVDs and specializes in anonymity and the protection of the privacy of its users. Linux 5.10 LTS and Debian 10.10 »Buster« serve as the basis for Tails 4.22.

Connection assistant upgraded

The new connection wizard to the Tor network introduced with Tails 4.20 will be expanded with Tails 4.22. As can be seen in the release notes , efforts, in addition to debugging, were aimed at making the wizard more robust for slow connections and, overall, more user-friendly. The interface for user-defined Tor bridges has been changed so that only one bridge can be entered and only one user-defined bridge in persistent storage can be saved .

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Adjustment for slow connections

The timeout logic has been adjusted by reducing the timeout, which determines whether a connection with Tor is even possible, from 30 seconds to 10 seconds. At the same time, the timeout to fully start Tor has been increased from 120 seconds to 600 seconds.

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More AMD GPUs supported

With the updated software, the Tor Browser is now version 10.5.6, while Thunderbird is 78.13. The firmware for AMD graphics cards has been raised to version 20210818 and should improve support for some cards. The changelog provides an overview of all changes made.

Automatic upgrades to Tails 4.22 are supported starting with Tails 4.15 , older versions must be updated manually . Tails 4.23 is scheduled for release on October 5th, the roadmap has additional goals for the near future.

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