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Incognito (operating system)

Incognito was a Linux distribution based on Gentoo Linux. Its main feature was the inclusion of anonymity and security tools such as Tor by default and being able to be used as a Live CD or Live USB.[1][2]

OS familyUnix-like
Working stateDiscontinued
Initial releaseJan 26, 2008
Final release2008.1 (revision-1) / Aug 05, 2008
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel
Default user interfaceKDE
LicenseGNU General Public License
Succeeded byTails
Official websiteIncognito

Incognito's developer has stated on the project's homepage that Incognito has been discontinued and recommends Tails as an alternative.


Release historyEdit

Version number Release date
20080109.1 Jan 26, 2008
2008.1 Aug 02, 2008
2008.1 (revision-1) Aug 05, 2008

Anonymity and security toolsEdit

  • Tor for anonymous internet browsing.
  • TrueCrypt, a file/partition encryption utility.
  • Enigmail, a security extension for Thunderbird.
  • Torbutton, a Firefox plugin to improve Tor's anonymity in Firefox.
  • FireGPG, Firefox plugin for using GnuPG for Webmail.
  • GnuPG, OpenPGP implementation for encryption.
  • KeePassX, a password manager.

Besides these tools, the RAM was overwritten during system shutdown to ensure no possibility of data recovery later.[3]


The Tor project listed Incognito as a licensee of the Tor brand name. In accordance to this license agreement, Incognito had the right to use the Tor name and logo.[4]


  1. ^ Anonymity tools in Tor Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Linux Magazine. August 2008.
  3. ^ "Incognito Features".
  4. ^ "Tor-Incognito agreement".

External linksEdit