October 2012 has seen the highest activity on Tails development mailing list since it is publicly archived (September 2010). This reflects how much work is done to slowly make Tails better and better. More details follow.
Tails 0.14 is on its way. A first release candidate was released on the 12th with pretty good reactions so far. This new version will catch up with long awaited, unspectacular but important features, and fix an impressive amount of small bugs.
While testing the first release candidate, we found I2P unable to work properly. The source of the problem was ultimately determined to a random bit flip.
What should have been an easy update to the next "Entreprise Stable Release" of Iceweasel (Debian unbranded Firefox) left us cold with a half-working Torbutton. This required us to hurry on fixing this standing problem: we now have our own APT repository and a custom Iceweasel package which includes TorBrowser patches for anonymity.
This got included in the second release candidate, released on the 30th, together with translation updates. Unless a major issue shows up, Tails 0.14 should be released on November, 6th.
Tails has been started and successfully connected to the Tor network around 80.420 times in September. That makes a boot every 33 seconds on average. This number is an approximation from the requests made for the security announcements feed. The later is retrieved by Tails after being connected to Tor to eventually encourage users to update.
50 reports were received through WhisperBack.
The forum activity is still really intense: 1542 messages, 161 signed by Tails.
Whisperback 1.6.1 fixed the inability to resend a bug after a network problem and some other minor issues.
Finally got to nail the.
Finally implemented new version of liveusb-creator to fix some concurrency issues.. This also required a
has been merged, finally!
Add and get good reports for a, will be included in Tails 0.14.
Add an, should be included in Tails 0.15.
tordate was broken with Tor 0.2.3. A fix has quickly been
Quite some work happened on(Puppet modules hacking and documentation, among others).
Documentation and website
Document the upcoming Network Manager persistence.
Document the new support for public key encryption in the OpenPGP applet, and generally improve this part of the documentation along the way.
Fix links to the Universal USB Installer.
Consistently use long GnuPG key ID format in our examples.
Many improvements to French and Portuguese translations.
Our own APT repository
deb.tails.boum.org has gone live on the 24th.
This already enables us to use big custom packages (Iceweasel). In the
mid-term, we will be able to remove binary packages from our main Git
repository. And on the long run, this will enable more control over
our freezes, as well as proper source distribution.
In order to
#tails-dev. Unfortunately, this did not work
as expected, and
repo.or.cz admins explained us that they do not
support commit notifications for mirror projects. Next steps are left
to be determined.
Unfortunately, sponsor Bravo is not able to fund as much as promised earlier. There might still be funds for some hardware. We'll see how it goes.