Are newer USB generations (3.0,3.1) faster than USB 2.0 when running Tails? Or will they be nearly the same?
Note, I am not asking about Persistent Storage read/write speed, but the actual OS run speed.
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Tails uses the Debian Linux kernel which runs USB at the correct speed. That means that you can expect significantly faster speeds with USB 3 than USB 2.
The only caveat is that you have a machine with USB 3 ports and also USB 3 storage. If either is USB 2, then expect USB 2 speeds. This is the same on any modern operating system and has nothing to do with Tails.