Releases

The following changes were introduced in Tails 3.2:

  • We added support for PPPoE and dial-up Internet connections.

  • We installed BookletImposer to convert linear PDF documents into booklets, and vice-versa.

  • We added GNOME Screen Keyboard to replace Florence, the previous virtual keyboard, which had many issues.

  • We now require an 8 GB USB stick to install Tails. 4 GB USB sticks that are already installed can still be upgraded.

  • Tails Installer now detects when the target USB stick has Tails installed already and automatically proposes to upgrade. This made possible to remove the initial splash screen.

  • Disabled Bluetooth to protect against the BlueBorne attack. #14655.

  • Now deny access to the D-Bus service of Pidgin to prevent other applications to access and modify its configuration. #14612.

  • Fixed the import of secret OpenPGP keys in Password and Keys #12733.

Code

  • We've continued to work on making Tails ISO images reproducible:

    • We fixed all of the issues that were identified by our first build testers.
    • So far, everyone who tried reproducing the Tails 3.2~rc1 ISO image succeeded. We've received a couple non-reproducibility reports about 3.2, and they are all explained by a single, one-byte mistake in a translation of the wiki we ship inside Tails (we'll add sanity checks so we never release something with that type of mistake again).
    • We published a blueprint which explains how we did it.
  • We are improving integration of the Orca screen reader and the GNOME screen keyboard into Tails (#14752, #8260). A discussion about the screen reader's user experience has been initiated by Pablo Natalino, and intrigeri started a discussion upstream about the long-press delay for typing special chars with it.

  • We have formalized how the AppArmor profile for Thunderbird is maintained in Debian and upstream. This clarifies where and how our contributions should be submitted and at the end of the day this should avoid the need to maintain a Tails-specific delta.

  • We are working on fixing Seahorse buggy interfacing with pinentry-gtk2 upstream (GNOME bug #787543, Debian bug #869416). A workaround was applied in Tails 3.2 already but we try hard to stick to our relationship with upstream statement.

Documentation and website

User experience

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Tails Installer treats drives differently depending on when they are plugged.

  2. Applications menu stops working some times.

  3. Keyboard and mouse do not work after upgrading to Tails 3.2.

  4. Many people had problems to use their Persistent Volume and had to reconfigure to access it.

Infrastructure

  • We finished upgrading all our systems to Debian Stretch (#12160).
  • We upgraded our Redmine instance (#11808).

Funding

Outreach

Upcoming events

On-going discussions

Press and testimonials

  • The 5th version of the Guide d'autodéfense numérique was released. This book proposes ways to understand how the digital world functions, what solutions can we organise against certain types of attacks, and which tools can help do that.

Translation

All the website

  • de: 57% (2866) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 51% words tanslated
  • fa: 43% (2160) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 46% words translated
  • fr: 89% (4450) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy, 87% words translated
  • it: 31% (1548) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 27% words translated
  • pt: 26% (1330) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 23% words translated

Total original words: 53021

Core pages of the website

  • de: 78% (1493) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 79% words translated
  • fa: 36% (693) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 38% words translated
  • fr: 99% (1875) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy, 99% words translated
  • it: 75% (1434) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 76% words translated
  • pt: 46% (888) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated

Total original words: 17298

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 652000 times this month. This makes 21700 boots a day on average.
  • 10292 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
  • 92 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.