[tor-project] Tails report for February, 2019

intrigeri intrigeri at boum.org
Sun Mar 10 09:07:18 UTC 2019


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

Online version with additional links:


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.


* Tails 3.12.1 was released on February 13.
  A critical vulnerability in the Skia library, used by Firefox
  and Chrome to render graphics, prompted this emergency release.

* Tails 3.13 is scheduled for March 19.


- 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.

- We have prepared a number of updates for Tails 3.13:
  - Debian Stretch 9.8, merged
  - Linux 4.19.20, merged
  - Tor 0.3.5, 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
  - Verification extension should not be detectable as per Sjösten, and
  - Updated to Forge 0.8.0.

Documentation and website

- We improved the known issue about clock going backwards.

User experience

- We published 3 personas that describe the target audience of
  Tails: https://tails.boum.org/contribute/personas/

- We contracted visual artists to work on a video to explain how to start Tails
  (and use the boot menu key).

- We analyzed why some people are wiping their persistence while
  upgrading with USB images.

- We investigated outgoing network connections initiated by
  Etcher and researched how to solve the privacy concerns
  we have with them.

Hot topics on our help desk

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

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

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


- We took one more step towards making our CI feedback loop shorter:
  we've ordered sample candidate hardware. Next step is to benchmark it.
- 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.
- As part of our effort to migrate to better maintained Puppet modules,
  we've switched to the puppetlabs/mysql module.
- We fixed the remaining known regressions that were introduced where we
  migrated our website from _Apache_ to _nginx_.
- We started discussing our strategy and timeline towards migrating to


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


Past events

- emmapeel and sajolida attended FOSDEM in Brussels.

Upcoming events

- Estrella Soria will organize a Tails workshop at the Cyborgrrrls
  technofeminist gathering:
  on Thursday March 14 in MedialabMX, Ciudad de México.

- sajolida and emmapeel will be at the Internet Freedom Festival on
  April 1-5 in Valencia, Spain.

  sajolida will hold there a workshop on creating usable tools from
  day one with paper prototyping:

Press and testimonials

- schabenstolz explains how to hide a Tails USB stick
  *inside* a ThinkPad X230
  and connect it to an invisible switch to start on either the hard disk
  or the internal Tails USB stick:


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


* 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? https://tails.boum.org/support/faq/#boot_statistics)


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