Incognito (operating system)

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OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued
Initial release Jan 26, 2008
Final release 2008.1 (revision-1) / Aug 05, 2008
Platforms x86
Kernel type Monolithic kernel
Default user interface KDE
License GNU General Public License
Succeeded by Tails
Official website Incognito

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]

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

Release history

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

Anonymity and security tools

  • 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Incognito Features".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Tor-Incognito agreement".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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