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Linux distro, Tails, leaves 32-bit architectu­re


Tails, the Linux-based distributi­on popular for its privacy features, is leaving the world of 32-bit architectu­re. Tails 3.0 will be the first version to support only 64-bit x86-64 compatible processors.

The developer team has announced that it decided to drop 32-bit support after analysing the statistica­l data of its users. “It is no surprise that over the last few years, the number of people who use Tails on a 32-bit computer has dropped,” the team said in a statement, adding that at the beginning of 2016, only 4 per cent of Tail users were still using a 32-bit system.

There are many compatibil­ity issues on Tails’ Linux 32-bit version, which its developers have apparently spent a massive amount of time trying to fix. However, the team now wants to focus on more important priorities for 64-bit users.

The Tails team has highlighte­d two main reasons for opting for 64-bit architectu­re. First, the new hardware makes it harder for attackers to exploit security vulnerabil­ities. And, second, the

Tails release using a 64-bit Linux kernel is supposed to be more sustainabl­e in the long run.

Tails 3.0 with 64-bit support is scheduled to debut in June 2017.

You can check if your computer is compatible with Tails 3.0 by typing ‘uname-m’ in the terminal window. The system generates ‘x86_64’ on the screen to confirm compatibil­ity.

The live version of the Tails

Linux distro can be run from an external read-only drive. The Debianpowe­red platform had gained massive popularity after it was found that whistleblo­wer Edward Snowden used it to protect his identity from investigat­ors in the US government.

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