Some obstacles I have encountered to using TAILS as my "on the go" Linux distro include the following:
- Keepass, rather than Keepass2, is installed on it and this means I can't access my passwords.
- TAILS is missing a dual-panel "file commander" GUI to facilitate file transfers. In the past, I've made an effort to download the packages for tools like Midnight Commander (MC), I have saved the deb files on the flash drive. But it's a bit of a pain. Installing from deb packages requires editing sources.list file and other mods that are a pain for a short-term bootup.
- Difficult to download or save files from the "Unsafe Browser" to the desktop or attached file storage.
Workaround #1 - Keepass
Since I couldn't find a workaround to getting Keepass2 working on TAILS, I decided to downgrade my kdbx file--that's the file created by Keepass2 holding all my passwords--to a kdb file readable by TAILS Keepass. Finding out how to do it involved some googling, before I finally landed on the Keepass2 to Keepass converter. The converter requires Java, and following some straightforward instructions.
Workaround #2 - File Commander
I almost kicked myself when I realized that muCommander is still available for download and the portable version (tar.gz file) works without installation after extraction, providing access to a great dual-panel file commander type program. It works well and I include it on my persistent partition of my TAILS USB drive.
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When I find a file I like on the web, I right-click it and copy the URL. Then, I open the Terminal and type the following:
amnesia:~$ wget "http://websiteurl/filename.ext"This works great and saves the file (whatever it is) to "amnesia's" home directory, or a persistent partition, where I can then interact with it using the built-in file manager or muCommander.
I hope these three tips are helpful to you!
Note: I wrote this blog entry while in TAILS.
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