- Tails has been started more than 205 802 times in November. This make 6 860 boots a day in average.
- 6 270 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO.
- 80 reports were received through WhisperBack.
Some of the newest contributors were particularly active this month:
- We have a new and active maintainer for I2P in Tails. Big up to Kytv! So I2P was updated to 0.9.8.1, and the I2P configuration and integration was improved in several ways.
- SCIM was replaced by IBus as input method to better support various input methods (Closes ticket #5624 and ticket #6206). Thanks to WinterFairy!
- Kevin C. Krinke has been actively working on a replacement of the clock with configurable timezone. Many thanks!
- A script has been written to automate the importation process of completed translations from Transifex. Thanks to WinterFairy!
- The keyboard selection for some languages in Tails Greeter was fixed (Closes ticket #5741). Again thanks to WinterFairy!
We kept on working on some major features, some are about to be released:
- The real-world deployment of incremental updates has been made ready for beta testing and will be the default way to upgrade Tails, on point-releases at least.
- The second round of upgrade towards a safer persistence was prepared.
- A lot of work has been done towards MAC spoofing. See the latest blueprint of our design.
- The migration to Firefox 24 and Torbutton 1.6 was completed (Closes ticket #6370 and ticket #6371).
- The serious security upgrade to NSS 3.15.3 was prepared but we unfortunately didn't have time to make a point release just for that. See CVE-2013-1741, CVE-2013-5605 and CVE-2013-5606.
- More IP and MAC addresses are sanitized in WhisperBack reports (Closes ticket #6391).
Regarding user experience:
- DPMS screen blanking has been disabled (Closes ticket #5617).
- The default system partition size is now 2.5GB.
- The bug that prevented Vidalia to show up sometimes was fixed.
- Tails now have its own shell and perl libraries where we factorize some of our code.
- Upgrade to Linux 3.11 and got back to Linux 3.10 because 3.11 breaks the shutdown process on some hardware.
- Uploaded a few packages and backports we need into Debian.
- Tails Installer does not fail anymore if the
tmpdirectory exists on the destination filesystem.
Documentation and website
- A draft FAQ was create to answer some questions asked on our previous forum.
- A calendar was created to centralize all the important dates for the community.
- A glossary was created on the website to define terms specific to our process.
- The roles on the Contribute page were described.
- Two new contribution pages were added: graphics and user interface.
- Instructions to change the persistence passphrase were drafted.
- The release schedule was updated to match current practice more closely.
- The documentation for translators now points to Git tutorials.
- We have organized donations of UEFI hardware, and purchased some more.
- Recovered from disk breakage on our main server.
- Surveyed operators of HTTP mirrors for SNI availability.
The results look good, next step is to get a certificate for
- 2.0 milestone += supporting USB devices exposed as non-removable?
- Tor Launcher extension
- WhisperBack launcher should give a hint on its use
- Glossary for contributors
- ThinkPenguin.com donated hardware for us to investigate on UEFI support. Many thanks!
- We have been working on a proposal with sponsor Golf.
- We submitted a talk for 30C3 but it was rejected.
- 2013-11-28: Helping Human Rights Defenders to Communicate Securely: TAILS, National Democratic Institute, USA at the World Forum for Democracy
Press and testimonials
- 2013-11: The German-speaking ADMIN magazine reviews Tails.