[tor-project] Tails report for July 2019
sajolida at pimienta.org
Wed Aug 14 11:38:00 UTC 2019
* Tails 3.15 was released on July 9th (bugfix release).
* Tails 3.16 is scheduled for September 3rd.
Documentation and website
- We updated most of our documentation to Tails based on Debian 10
- We simplified and updated our description of the system requirements.
(#11663 and #16810).
- We fixed the display of the "Tor check" button on the homepage of *Tor
This "Tor check" button is used by around 10% of users.
- We removed the "% translated" indication from our website because it
was misleading. (#16867)
- Odile Carabantes and Enso Studio created an animation on
using the boot menu to start Tails:
- We tested 2 alternatives to *Etcher* as it has some privacy issues
- Rawrite32 (#16553)
- Win32 Disk Images (#14447)
- We proposed some small improvements to adjust *Tails Installer* to the
fact that we are now distributing USB images:
- Rename *Tails Installer* as *Tails Cloner* (#16907)
- Use USB images instead of ISO images in *Tails Installer* (#16906)
- We proposed a design to [[use *Tails Installer* to backup the
Hot topics on our help desk
1. Many people are still having graphic card problems, specially
"Error starting GDM with [AMD/ATI] Carrizo". (#16815)
2. We got a lot of support requests about **'Tails not being able to
delete images'**. After a while we realised it was because of a
confusing part of our documentation. We will try to fix that soon.
1. Users keep trying to use Electrum even when, at the moment, it is not
easy in Tails.
- We finished fixing the description of the mechanism for the
revocation of the Tails signing key after an external review.
- We discussed additions of new people to the Tails signing key
revocation mechanism. (#16665)
- The new backups system for our entire infrastructure is live.
- We upgraded our Puppet master (sic) to Debian 10 (Buster), which
supports PuppetDB out of the box. This allowed us to drop a bunch of
hackish workarounds and it was a great way to fast-track the
onboarding of zen, our new sysadmin. (#16460)
- We made great progress on our web translation platform:
- We fixed a number of bugs identified since we submitted the platform
to a production workload.
- We modified in depth the permissions model to address issues
identified by a security review.
- We sent a public call for testing.
- We kept working on documentation for translators.
- We adjusted the resources allocated to the VM that runs this
platform and deployed Apache `mod_security` to make it a bit less
- Our proposal to the Mozilla Open Source Support was accepted. It will
fund our work to:
- Improve Upgrades, late 2019 and early 2020 (#8415 and #15281)
- Support Secure Boot, mid 2020 (#6560)
- Migrate to GitLab, early 2020 (#15878)
- A few Tails contributors attended DebConf19, the annual Debian
Developers and Contributors Conference.
intrigeri and nodens ran a skill-sharing session about AppArmor.
- Ulrike, anonym, and sajolida attended Tor Meeting in Stockholm,
- carlosm2 is organizing a testing of Tails 4.0~beta1 at the Rancho
Electrónico en Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday August 17:
- We asked for comments on a proposal for a "People" page on our website
that would be both trustworthy, human, and respect our pseudonyms:
- We asked for comments on the proposal to use *Tails Installer* to
backup the persistent volume:
## All the website
- de: 40% (2292) strings translated
- es: 53% (3002) strings translated
- fa: 32% (1803) strings translated
- fr: 89% (5025) strings translated
- it: 34% (1947) strings translated
- pt: 26% (1465) strings translated
Total original words: 59619
## Core pages of the website
- de: 69% (1216) strings translated
- es: 83% (1453) strings translated
- fa: 35% (624) strings translated
- fr: 96% (1680) strings translated
- it: 65% (1150) strings translated
- pt: 47% (823) strings translated
Total original words: 16505
* Tails has been started more than 759 660 times this month. This
makes 24 505 boots a day on average.
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