What you will find here and where else to look at

Below we define some terms that are used in a somewhat or 100% special meaning within the Tails community.

For other terms, use The Jargon Lexicon (apt-get install dict-jargon), V.E.R.A. (apt-get install dict-vera), the Wiktionary and Wikipedia.

Feel free to suggest additions or improvements to this page.

The words

  • DSA: Debian Security Advisory. See Debian security updates for details and pointers to the Debian security team resources; see http://security.debian.org for already issued advisories.
  • freeze:
    • a late stabilization period of time in the Tails release schedule, when no new changes are merged anymore into the Git branch used to prepare the next release of Tails but fixes for serious bug and security issues;
    • the beginning of the said phase.
  • Front desk: see the definition of this shifting role
  • Greeter: the startup menu, see its source code
  • IUK: Incremental Upgrade Kit, see incremental upgrades
  • known issues: issues that we are aware of and don't need being reported again, see known issues
  • MAT: see Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit
  • Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit: tool to clean metadata from plenty of document formats, see MAT's website
  • monthly reports: published in the news once a month
  • persistence: the opt-in feature that allows storing data and configuration across Tails sessions in an encrypted partition, see persistence
  • Release manager: see the definition of this shifting role
  • RM: see Release Manager
  • t-p-s: tails-persistence-setup, AKA the Persistent Volume Assistant.
  • WB: see WhisperBack.
  • WhisperBack: see 3.5 Feedback in the design document.