Here is a summary of what happened in Tails land in February, 2019.

This month has seen the highest number of Tails boots per day ever: 27% more than a year ago! This is motivating: it confirms that Tails is useful and relevant.

Releases

Code

  • We have coordinated with the Tor Browser team wrt. the scope and timeline of upcoming big changes that will impact our work.

  • We have implemented a potential fix and a mitigation measure for a longstanding bug: persistence.conf sometimes becomes empty. #10976, #16461

  • We have prepared a number of updates for Tails 3.13:

    • Debian Stretch 9.8 (#16462), merged
    • Linux 4.19.20 (#16458), merged
    • Tor 0.3.5 (#16348), in progress
  • We released new versions of the verification extension to fix usability and security issues:

    • Download page is not refreshed when verification extension is installed (##16078)
    • Verification extension should not be detectable as per Sjösten, and al. (#14787)
    • Updated to Forge 0.8.0.

Documentation and website

  • We improved the known issue about clock going backwards (#15599).

User experience

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Electrum users are complaining about the fact that it may need to be upgraded. (#16421)

  2. Some people are affected by a regression with some Intel graphics cards (Braswell, Kaby Lake). #16447

  3. Partially applied automatic upgrades still cause trouble to some users. #14754

Infrastructure

  • We took one more step towards making our CI feedback loop shorter: we've ordered sample candidate hardware. Next step is to benchmark it. #15501
  • The sysadmin team met a few times to update our plans for next year.
  • We've helped upstream a solution to the dreaded ikiwiki PO vs. inlines bug. #6907
  • As part of our effort to migrate to better maintained Puppet modules, we've switched to the puppetlabs/mysql module. #15513
  • We fixed the remaining known regressions that were introduced where we migrated our website from Apache to nginx: #16220, #16259.
  • We started discussing our strategy and timeline towards migrating to GitLab. #15878

Funding

  • The 2 applications that we submitted to the NLnet NGI Zero PET project got rejected.

Outreach

Past events

  • emmapeel and sajolida attended FOSDEM in Brussels.

Upcoming events

Press and testimonials

Translations

All the website

  • de: 47% (2634) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 43% words translated
  • es: 54% (3015) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated
  • fa: 34% (1876) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 35% words translated
  • fr: 93% (5176) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 93% words translated
  • it: 35% (1939) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 30% words translated
  • pt: 27% (1516) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 23% words translated

Total original words: 59517

Core pages of the website

  • de: 71% (1248) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 73% words translated
  • es: 80% (1412) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 81% words translated
  • fa: 34% (615) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 98% (1745) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 99% words translated
  • it: 63% (1107) strings translated, 17% strings fuzzy, 65% words translated
  • pt: 45% (794) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated

Total original words: 16467

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 725 034 times this month. This makes 25 894 boots a day on average, which is an all time record :)
  • 10 065 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of a Tails USB image or ISO from our website.
  • 71 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

How do we know this?