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- For hardware compatibility issues, refer to our [[known issues|support/known_issues]]. - To learn what you can do with Tails, refer to our [[documentation|doc]]. - For questions related to Tor, see also to the [Tor support pages](https://support.torproject.org/).
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<h1 id="project">Tails project</h1>
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<h2 id="tor">What is the relationship between Tor and Tails?</h2>
See our explanation about [[why does Tails use Tor|doc/anonymous_internet/tor/why#relationship]].
<h2 id="debian">Why is Tails based on Debian and not on another distribution?</h2>
We are deeply rooted and involved in Debian. The friendships, relationships, and technical expertise we have in Debian have many benefits for Tails, and we are not ready to build the same relationship with Ubuntu, OpenBSD, or any other distribution. See our statement about our [[contribute/relationship_with_upstream]] for details.
See also the article [Why there are so many Debian derivatives](http://upsilon.cc/~zack/blog/posts/2011/09/why_there_are_so_many_debian_derivatives/) by Stefano Zacchiroli.
<h2 id="ubuntu">Why isn't Tails based on Ubuntu?</h2>
First, see the answer to the [[previous question|faq#debian]].
The rapid development cycle of Ubuntu would be too fast for Tails.
Ubuntu adds features in ways that we find dangerous for privacy. For example Ubuntu One ([partly discontinued](http://blog.canonical.com/2014/04/02/shutting-down-ubuntu-one-file-services/)) and the [Amazon ads and data leaks](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/10/privacy-ubuntu-1210-amazon-ads-and-data-leaks).
Ubuntu is led by a company that takes most of the important decisions and has the power to make them happen.
We usually ship kernels and video drivers from [Debian backports](http://backports.debian.org/). The result is comparable to Ubuntu in terms of support for recent hardware.
We think that the general quality of the maintenance work being done on packages matters from a security perspective. Debian maintainers generally are experts in the fields their packages deal with; while it is generally not the case outside of the limited number of packages Ubuntu officially supports.
We are actively working on improving [[AppArmor support|contribute/design/application_isolation]] in Tails; a security framework that is already used in a few Ubuntu applications.
We are also working on adding compiler hardening options to more Debian packages included in Tails; another security feature that Ubuntu already provides.
<h2 id="gnome">Why does Tails ship the GNOME Desktop?</h2>
We had users ask for LXDE, XFCE, MATE, KDE, and so on, but we are not going to change desktop. According to us, the main drawback of GNOME is that it requires quite a lot of resources to work properly, but it has many advantages. The GNOME Desktop is: