You can help Tails! The beta version for the Additional Software feature is ready for testing. We are very excited.

What's new in the Additional Software feature Beta?

We've designed and implemented a user interface to select additional software packages and make additional software persistent.

Users are now able to decide, for each additional piece of software that they might install in Tails once, whether it shall be installed automatically in the future.

How to test Tails Additional Software feature Beta?

  1. Download and install the ISO image on a USB stick, start from the stick and configure a persistent volume. Reboot and use the package manager to install a package currently not in Tails (example: Mumble).

  2. Configure if you want this package to be installed automatically on each boot.

  3. Restart Tails and use Mumble (or another program you've just installed).

  4. Imagine that over time you have installed several additional programs (Mumble, VLC, etc.) but don’t remember the exact list. How would you check your list of additional software?

  5. How would you stop installing Mumble every time you start Tails?

We are interested in your feedback on bugs and usability of this feature.

  • Are there any notifications that are not clear?
  • Did you run into technical issues?
  • Were you able to to modify the installation details as asked in the last question?
  • Do you have ideas on packages that we should propose to Tails users for installation?

Please send feedback emails to tails-testers@boum.org.

Get Tails Additional Software Feature Beta

Tails Additional Software feature beta ISO image

Known issues

We've identified a list of known issues #15567 among which

  • Additional Software gets opened multiple times #15528
  • Remove and Cancel buttons don't work after escaping password prompt #15581

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted Mon 14 May 2018 04:00:00 PM CEST

This release fixes several security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

Cambi

Aggiornamenti e cambiamenti

Problemi risolti

  • Allow removing the optional OpenPGP key in WhisperBack, in case you specified one.

Per maggiori dettagli, leggi il nostro changelog.

Problemi noti

None specific to this release.

Vedi la lista dei problemi noti da tempo.

Get Tails 3.7

  • Per installare, segui le nostre istruzioni per l'installazione.

  • To upgrade, automatic upgrades are available from 3.6, 3.6.1, and 3.6.2 to 3.7.

    If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

    If you are doing a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, it is only possible to select an ISO image when running Tails in English. For other languages, the file chooser button remains inactive:

    To do a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, you can either:

    • Restart Tails in English.

    • Start Tails Installer in English from the command line:

      LANG=en_US tails-installer
  • Download Tails 3.7.

Cosa arriverà nelle prossime versioni?

Tails 3.8 is scheduled for June 26.

Dai uno sguardo alla roadmap per sapere a cosa puntiamo.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted Wed 09 May 2018 07:26:18 PM CEST Tags:

Releases

There have been no releases in April (a big change compared to the three releases in March!).

Code

  • We kept working with upstream to be able to support VeraCrypt in GNOME.

  • MAT2 is being developed. Lots of improvements, will come with support for new formats (torrents!) and more.

  • We worked on the new Additional Software feature, that will be ready for Tails 3.9 and will make programs easy to install each time you start Tails (as long as they are available from Debian).

Documentation and website

  • We wrote a new page to list known issues with graphics cards. Combined with the better error message when GDM fails to start that we introduced in Tails 3.6, it should gradually improve a lot the experience of people who cannot start Tails with their graphics card.

User experience

  • We started designing a quantitative survey of our user base.

    What would be useful for us to know about our users?

  • We drafted a ?fourth persona skeleton.

  • We removed the zooming effect on the screenshots in our installation instructions which was annoying. (#14678)

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Users are still affected by a loss of persistence.conf

  2. We received also several reports about keyboard and mouse not working after upgrading

  3. A few users reported the disappearance of a part of their keyring

  4. And some users had trouble with obfs4 bridges

Infrastructure

Funding

  • We participated in the DuckDuckGo Privacy Challenge. We raised $9 870 in donations and will receive $33 000 in prizes from DuckDuckGo.

    Thanks a lot to everybody who participated!

Outreach

Past events

  • There was a Tails introductory workshop at the Flisol2018 conference on April 28, Rancho Electronico, Mexico City

Upcoming events

  • intrigeri will host a Tails users' meetup in the Cryptorave, May 5th, in São Paulo, Brazil

Press and testimonials

  • The italian association "Mutuo Soccorso", in their last book "Stop al Panico! Difesa legale, note per una maggiore consapevolezza", "Don't Panic!Legal defense, notes for greater awareness" - Bologna march 2018, suggests use Tails (p 132) for high needs of anonimity, to circumvent the censorships, or to manage in an easy way confidential communications. The writers: https://mutuosoccorso.noblogs.org/ The distribution of the book: https://www.openddb.it/libri/stop-al-panico/

  • sajolida did an interview with Simply Secure on our UX process and formative testing.

  • The FIDH - Worldwide Movement for Human Rights, relayed our call for donation by making it clear that Tails is an important tool for Human Rights Defenders in French, English and Farsi.

Translation

Timidly, groups are forming to translate Tails to Arabic and Chinese (simplified and TW). Contact Tails l10n if you want to know more.

All the website

  • de: 53% (3033) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 46% words translated
  • es: 55% (3104) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated
  • fa: 36% (2054) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 38% words translated
  • fr: 91% (5172) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • it: 33% (1881) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 29% words translated
  • pt: 27% (1542) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 24% words translated

Total original words: 59730

Core pages of the website

  • de: 76% (1468) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 75% words translated
  • es: 94% (1827) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 91% words translated
  • fa: 32% (634) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 32% words translated
  • fr: 98% (1898) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 96% words translated
  • it: 67% (1302) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy, 66% words translated
  • pt: 44% (854) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 47% words translated

Total original words: 17621

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 650 000 times this month. This makes 21 900 boots a day on average.
  • 9 226 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
  • 104 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

How do we know this?

Posted Wed 09 May 2018 03:23:45 AM CEST

Releases

March was a heavy month regarding Tails releases: shortly after putting out the Tails 3.6 major release, we had to publish an emergency 3.6.1 release to fix security issues identified at Pwn2Own, and finally we had to prepare another emergency release (3.6.2) that was released in April. Due to an unfortunate combination of software development and release management mistakes, applying these upgrades was harder than usual for Tails users; apologies!

The following changes were introduced in Tails 3.6:

  • You can now lock your screen by clicking on the Lock button in the system menu.

    • If you set up an administration password when starting Tails, you can unlock your screen with your administration password.
    • Otherwise, you can set up a password to unlock your screen when locking your screen for the first time.
  • We improved a lot the backend of the Additional Software persistence feature. Your additional software is now:

    • Installed in the background after the session starts instead of blocking the opening of the desktop.
    • Always installed even if you are offline.
  • Install pdf-redact-tools, a command line tool to clean metadata and redact PDF files by converting them to PNG images.

  • An error message indicating the name of the graphics card is now displayed when Tails fails to start GNOME.

  • The Tails documentation launcher on the desktop now opens the documentation on our website if you are online.

  • We activated the AppArmor profile for Thunderbird from Debian to confine Thunderbird for security.

  • Rewrite some internal scripts from shell scripting to Python, thanks to GoodCrypto.

  • Remove the display of debug and error messages when starting.

  • Fix the ISO image selection being unavailable in Tails Installer in languages other than English. (#15233)

  • Fix OpenPGP Applet being unresponsive when decrypting a lot of text. (#6398)

The following changes were introduced in Tails 3.6.1:

Code

Documentation and website

We documented how to:

We also made the output of the GnuPG command line to verify an ISO image more consistent across different versions of GnuPG.

User experience

  • From a session at the Internet Freedom Festival, we took notes on how participants used the metaphor of a tent to describe Tails:

    • It's portable: you can store it in your backpack.
    • It's amnesic: it's empty every time you set it up.
    • It's incognito: you can move it around and it looks like other tents.
  • We started discussing a collaboration with Simply Secure to explain better what is Tails. The goals are both to reach a consensus among contributors and to make it easier to explain Tails to the world.

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Several users complained about Tails Installer failing.

  2. And there seems to be more people complaining about losing their Persistent Volume than usual.

Infrastructure

  • We've worked on a more detailed scheme to include our web translation platform into our workflow (#10034).

  • We documented our survey platform.

Funding

Outreach

Past events

  • Emma Peel and sajolida where at the Internet Freedom Festival where they participated in several sessions on documentation and user experience and presented Tails in the tools showcase.

  • anonym and intrigeri attended the Tor meeting in Rome. We've had lots of interesting discussions there, including heart-warming ones about how Tails could work more closely with the Tor project in the future.

  • Tails was presented by jvoisin at the Journées FedeRez in Paris, France. The slides (in French) are available here.

Upcoming events

  • Tails contributors will attend CryptoRave (São Paulo, May 4-5) and will run a number of Tails/Tor-related events there, including a users meetup aimed at gathering feedback and better understanding who our users are, what they do with Tails, what works well and what is problematic. If you're around São Paulo, join us there! :)

Press and testimonials

  • 2018-03-19: Edward Snowden retweeted about our participation to the DuckDuckGo Privacy Challenge explaining:

    Because I've used @Tails_live for years. The journalists who broke the mass surveillance revelations of 2013 all relied on it. Free, libre, and open source software projects quietly save the world every day, even when you can't see it, and their success depends on your support.

Translation

All the website

  • de: 52% (2820) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 46% words translated
  • es: 44% (2422) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy, 34% words translated
  • fa: 38% (2071) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 40% words translated
  • fr: 91% (4933) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • it: 35% (1899) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy, 31% words translated
  • pt: 23% (1245) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 19% words translated

Total original words: 57706

Core pages of the website

  • de: 75% (1433) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 76% words translated
  • es: 93% (1771) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • fa: 33% (636) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 98% (1862) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 98% words translated
  • it: 69% (1322) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 70% words translated
  • pt: 41% (781) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy, 41% words translated

Total original words: 17281

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 693 060 times this month. This makes 22 357 boots a day on average.
  • 13 315 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
  • 139 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

How do we know this?

Posted Wed 11 Apr 2018 03:23:45 AM CEST

This release fixes several security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

Cambi

Aggiornamenti e cambiamenti

  • Update Tor Browser to 7.5.3.

  • Update Thunderbird to 52.7.0.

  • Update Intel microcode to 3.20180312.1, which adds Spectre variant 2 mitigation for most common Intel processors.

  • Upgrade Linux to 4.15.11-1.

Problemi risolti

  • Make input of Japanese and Korean characters in Tor Browser work again.

  • Fix Tor Browser so add-ons installed by users work again, such as Tails Verification.

Per maggiori dettagli, leggi il nostro changelog.

Vedi la lista dei problemi noti da tempo.

Get Tails 3.6.2

  • Per installare, segui le nostre istruzioni per l'installazione.

  • To upgrade, automatic upgrades are available from 3.6 and 3.6.1 to 3.6.2.

    Se non puoi fare un aggiornamento automatico, o se Tails non si avvia dopo un aggiornamento automatico, prova un aggiornamento manuale.

    If you are doing a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, it is only possible to select an ISO image when running Tails in English. For other languages, the file chooser button remains inactive:

    To do a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, you can either:

    • Restart Tails in English.

    • Start Tails Installer in English from the command line:

      LANG=en_US tails-installer
  • Download Tails 3.6.2.

Cosa arriverà nelle prossime versioni?

Tails 3.7 is scheduled for May 8.

Dai uno sguardo alla roadmap per sapere a cosa puntiamo.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted Fri 30 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PM CEST Tags:

Free, libre, and open source software projects quietly save the world every day, even when you can't see it, and their success depends on your support.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 19, 2018

Through our end-of-year donation campaign we managed to raise ~103 000€, which is nearly half of our yearly budget for core work and maintenance. A big thanks to everybody who donated!

To fill the gap, we are extremely happy to be part of DuckDuckGo's privacy crowdrising challenge.

If you haven't donated to Tails recently, now is a great opportunity to support us as your donation is likely to be matched by DuckDuckGo. It will also help us get one of the grand prizes awarded by DuckDuckGo, up to $50 000.

Donate to Tails via the DuckDuckGo donation challenge

If you have donated to Tails recently, please help us spread the word within your contacts and on social media by sharing or tweeting our campaign page.

♥ Thank you! ♥

What is Tails?

Tails is an entire operating system which preserves your privacy and provides anonymity out-of-the-box. With Tails, you can use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship. You'll be in control about the traces you want to leave and those that you'd rather see forgotten. Installed onto a USB key, Tails discreetly fits into your pocket.

For the past 9 years, we've been working on making digital security accessible to those who need it most. Counting more than 20 000 boots per day, we've proved that Tails is a reliable and successful tool that helps diverse people around the world to be safe online every day. But we think that the immense work we've done until now should have an even bigger impact on the world!

Even if you're not a Tails user yourself, your donation will help human rights defenders, journalists, activists, victims of domestic violence and many others who rely on Tails every day.

Another detail that makes our work awesome is that we contribute our improvements back to the free software community. When donating to Tails, you're supporting an entire ecosystem which we are part of.

Posted Fri 23 Mar 2018 11:00:00 AM CET Tags:

This release fixes several security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

Cambi

Aggiornamenti e cambiamenti

Problemi risolti

Per maggiori dettagli, leggi il nostro changelog.

Problemi noti

  • Tails Verification, our browser extension to verify Tails downloads, is broken in Tails 3.6.1. Please use it from Firefox, Chrome, or Tor Browser outside of Tails. (#15434)

Vedi la lista dei problemi noti da tempo.

Get Tails 3.6.1

  • Per installare, segui le nostre istruzioni per l'installazione.

  • To upgrade, automatic upgrades are available from 3.6 to 3.6.1.

    Se non puoi fare un aggiornamento automatico, o se Tails non si avvia dopo un aggiornamento automatico, prova un aggiornamento manuale.

    If you are doing a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, it is only possible to select an ISO image when running Tails in English. For other languages, the file chooser button remains inactive:

    To do a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, you can either:

    • Restart Tails in English.

    • Start Tails Installer in English from the command line:

      LANG=en_US tails-installer
  • Download Tails 3.6.1.

Cosa arriverà nelle prossime versioni?

Tails 3.7 is scheduled for May 8.

Dai uno sguardo alla roadmap per sapere a cosa puntiamo.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted Sun 18 Mar 2018 06:30:12 PM CET Tags:

This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

Cambi

Nuove funzionalità

  • You can now lock your screen by clicking on the Lock button in the system menu.

    • If you set up an administration password when starting Tails, you can unlock your screen with your administration password.

    • Otherwise, you can set up a password to unlock your screen when locking your screen for the first time.

  • We improved a lot the backend of the Additional Software persistence feature. Your additional software is now:

    • Installed in the background after the session starts instead of blocking the opening of the desktop.
    • Always installed even if you are offline.
  • Install pdf-redact-tools, a command line tool to clean metadata and redact PDF files by converting them to PNG images.

  • An error message indicating the name of the graphics card is now displayed when Tails fails to start GNOME.

Aggiornamenti e cambiamenti

  • The Tails documentation launcher on the desktop now opens the documentation on our website if you are online.

  • Install drivers for the Video Acceleration API to improve the display of videos on many graphics cards.

  • Upgrade Electrum from 2.7.9 to 3.0.6.

  • Upgrade Linux to 4.15.0.

  • Upgrade Tor to 0.3.2.10.

  • Upgrade Thunderbird 52.6.0.

    We also activated the AppArmor profile of Thunderbird from Debian to confine Thunderbird for security.

  • Rewrite some internal scripts from shell scripting to Python, thanks to GoodCrypto.

Problemi risolti

  • Remove the display of debug and error messages when starting.

  • Fix the ISO image selection being unavailable in Tails Installer in languages other than English. (#15233)

  • Fix OpenPGP Applet being unresponsive when decrypting a lot of text. (#6398)

Per maggiori dettagli, leggi il nostro changelog.

Problemi noti

  • Tails Verification, our browser extension to verify Tails downloads, is broken in Tails 3.6. Please use it from Firefox, Chrome, or Tor Browser outside of Tails. (#15434)

  • Enigmail is unable to download OpenPGP keys for new contacts if you have the GnuPG persistence feature activated. You can still download OpenPGP keys using Passwords and Keys. (#15395)

  • This release is not reproducible, due to various python files in /usr/local having different timestamps. (#15400)

Vedi la lista dei problemi noti da tempo.

Get Tails 3.6

  • We do not provide automatic upgrades from older Tails installations for this release, as we've hit an old bug while generating the necessary files (#13426). You have to upgrade manually.

    If you are doing a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, it is only possible to select an ISO image when running Tails in English. For other languages, the file chooser button remains inactive:

    To do a manual upgrade from Tails 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5, you can either:

    • Restart Tails in English.

    • Start Tails Installer in English from the command line:

      LANG=en_US tails-installer
  • Download Tails 3.6.

Cosa arriverà nelle prossime versioni?

Tails 3.7 is scheduled for May 8.

Dai uno sguardo alla roadmap per sapere a cosa puntiamo.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted Tue 13 Mar 2018 01:34:56 PM CET Tags:

Releases

The following changes will be introduced in Tails 3.6:

  • Upgrade Tor to 3.2.9.

  • Upgrade Linux kernel to 4.15.0.

  • Upgrade Thunderbird to 52.6.0 and enable its apparmor profile.

  • Upgrade Electrum to 3.0.6.

  • Add support for screen locking, even without administration password.

  • Upgrade tails-additional-softwares, which does not block anymore the opening of the Desktop while installing the packages, and is more robust when booting in offline mode.

  • Upgrade Tails installer to fix bugs when using it in languages different than english.

  • Upgrade OpenPGP Applet, it does not hang anymore when decrypting large text from the clipboard.

Code

Documentation and website

User experience

  • We rethought in depth the installation process and made plans to distribute USB images in addition to ISO images. Doing so will drastically simplify the installation for Windows and macOS and improve support for UEFI computers.

  • We made plans to improve the user experience of Tails upgrades:

    • on the short term, we will make automatic upgrades more powerful to remove the need for any manual upgrade (except when releasing a version of Tails based on a new Debian release): #15281, ?Endless upgrades
    • on the long term, we want to research existing system upgrade technologies
  • We simplified the manual upgrade instructions from Tails to remove a whole step. Doing a manual upgrade should now be less confusing and take half the time!

  • We designed an error message when Tails is incompatible with a given graphics card. It will help users understand the failure better and get better help from our help desk.

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Users are still complaining about Electrum being outdated

  2. A lot of reports are about the Tails Installer Unicode issue

Funding

Outreach

Past events

Upcoming events

In March some Tails contributors will attend

Translation

Our website can be read in Spanish again, after some years in which the translation was discontinued. We thank all translators for their efforts!

All the website

  • de: 51% (2808) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated
  • es: 44% (2419) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 34% words translated
  • fa: 38% (2070) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 40% words translated
  • fr: 90% (4916) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 88% words translated
  • it: 34% (1889) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 30% words translated
  • pt: 22% (1244) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 19% words translated

Total original words: 57937

Core pages of the website

  • de: 75% (1422) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 74% words translated
  • es: 93% (1768) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • fa: 33% (636) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 97% (1845) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 95% words translated
  • it: 69% (1312) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 68% words translated
  • pt: 41% (780) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy, 41% words translated

Total original words: 17280

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 570.813 times this month. This makes 20.386 boots a day on average.
  • 7.587 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
  • 75 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

How do we know this?

Posted Tue 06 Mar 2018 01:34:56 PM CET

You can help Tails! The first release candidate for the upcoming version 3.6 is out. We are very excited and cannot wait to hear what you think about it :)

What's new in 3.6~rc1?

Significant changes since Tails 3.5 include:

  • Upgrade Tor to 3.2.9.

  • Upgrade Linux kernel to 4.15.0.

  • Upgrade Thunderbird to 52.6.0 and enable its apparmor profile.

  • Upgrade Electrum to 3.0.6.

  • Add support for screen locking, even without administration password.

  • Upgrade tails-additional-softwares, which does not block anymore the opening of the Desktop while installing the packages, and is more robust when botting in offline mode.

  • Upgrade Tails installer to fix bugs when using it in languages different than english.

  • Upgrade OpenPGP Applet, it does not hang anymore when decrypting large text from the clipboard.

Technical details of all the changes are listed in the Changelog.

How to test Tails 3.6~rc1?

Keep in mind that this is a test image. We tested that it is not broken in obvious ways, but it might still contain undiscovered issues.

But test wildly!

If you find anything that is not working as it should, please report to us on tails-testers@boum.org.

Bonus points if you first check if it is a known issue of this release or a longstanding known issue.

Upgrade from 3.5

  1. Start Tails 3.5 on a USB stick installed using Tails Installer and set an administration password.

  2. Run this command in a Terminal to select the "alpha" upgrade channel and start the upgrade:

    echo TAILS_CHANNEL=\"alpha\" | sudo tee -a /etc/os-release && \
         tails-upgrade-frontend-wrapper
    

    and enter the administration password when asked for the "password for amnesia".

  3. After the upgrade is installed, restart Tails and choose Applications ▸ Tails ▸ About Tails to verify that you are running Tails 3.6~rc1.

Download and install

You can install 3.6~rc1 by following our usual installation instructions, skipping the Download and verify step.

Tails 3.6~rc1 ISO image ?OpenPGP signature
Tails 3.6~rc1 torrent

Known issues in 3.6~rc1

We did not discover new issues other than the longstanding ones

What's coming up?

Tails 3.6 is scheduled on March 12.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted Fri 02 Mar 2018 05:44:06 PM CET Tags: