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## About Tails

[**Tails**](https://tails.boum.org/) is a portable operating system that protects your privacy and helps you avoid censorship.

[![Drawing of a Tails stick that is marked to be pluged into a labtop](https://tails.boum.org/index/laptop.svg)](https://tails.boum.org/)
- Tails uses the Tor network to protect your privacy online and help you avoid censorship. Enjoy the Internet like it should be.
- Shut down the computer and start on your Tails USB stick instead of starting on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Tails leaves no trace on the computer when shut down.
- Tails includes a selection of applications to work on sensitive documents and communicate securely. Everything in Tails is ready-to-use and has safe defaults.
-You can download Tails for free and independent security researchers can verify our work. Tails is based on Debian GNU/Linux.

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[Learn learn how Tails works](https://tails.boum.org/about)
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### How to contribute to Tails

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There are many ways [you can contribute to Tails](https://tails.boum.org/contribute/). No effort is too small and whatever you bring to this community will be appreciated.
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Find out how you can make a difference in Tails: https://tails.boum.org/contribute/.

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### How to get started with Gitlab
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https://tails.boum.org/contribute/working_together/GitLab/

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### How to transition to GitLab
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https://tails.boum.org/contribute/working_together/GitLab/transition/

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###  License and source code distribution
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**Tails** is [Free Software](https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html): you can download, use, and share it with no restrictions.

 <a href="https://tails.boum.org/doc/about/license/"><img alt="Tails is Free Software" src="https://tails.boum.org/index/gift.svg" width="560"/>

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The Tails source code is released under the GNU/GPL (version 3 or above) and is Copyright (C) Tails developers tails@boum.org.
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Any exception to this rule is documented either [here](https://tails.boum.org/doc/about/license/) or in the affected source file.
However, Tails includes non-free firmware in order to work on as much hardware as possible.


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### Contact

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email and mailing lists: https://tails.boum.org/about/contact
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XMPP: tails@conference.riseup.net and tails-dev@conference.riseup.net
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[![Tails](https://tails.boum.org/contribute/how/promote/material/logo/tails-logo-flat.svg)](https://tails.boum.org)