We removed it in Tails 2.0 because it got broken and it was too much
work to fix. So indeed, if we wanted to have a camouflage again, sharing
efforts with Kali might be the way forward.
The old camouflage is quite often referred to by long-time Tails users.
I think that the team is not convinced by its usefulness though there's
definitely an emotional dimension to it. It looked really cool!
So I wondered whether our personas would have any use of the camouflage:
I think that it would be dangerous for Riou to use Tails in a place
where they could be observed (shoulder-surfed), even with a camouflage.
Being filmed by a CCTV or shoulder-surfed by a cop or an informant would
have such terrible consequences that they might completely avoid public
spaces and stick to their home or more private spaces.
Cris is much more concerned about hiding what she is working on than the
fact the she uses Tails: it's public info that she is a journalists and
is already known from her previous work. She should be careful about
never having anything sensitive on her screen in a public space and the
camouflage wouldn't help with that.
Kim don't have they own computer and being identified as a Tails user
can be a big problem. They might benefit from a camouflage if someone
passes by them in school or at home and looks a bit at their screen. But
they will always prefer making sure that they are alone. Such a
camouflage would only work for them if it mimics the operating system
that is already installed on the computer. For example, if the computer
at home is a Mac and the Tails camouflage is for Windows, it won't be
I'm still not convinced that we should work on this again.