[tor-project] Tails report for August 2020
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Sat Sep 12 07:05:41 UTC 2020
Tails report for August, 2020 
Tails 4.10 was released on August 25 .
Tails 4.11 is scheduled for September 22 .
The following changes were introduced in Tails 4.10:
Update Linux to 5.7.10. This should improve the support for newer
hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).
Hide the welcome message when starting Thunderbird.
Fix support for USB Wi-Fi adapters with Atheros AR9271 hardware. (#17834
Fix USB tethering from iPhone. (#17820 )
Added support for older TREZOR firmware (!142 ).
Started working on the upgrade to Thunderbird 78 ESR, and in particular
its new OpenPGP support (#17148 ).
Automated generation of our Changelog (#17886 ).
Automated generation of the security advisory boilerplate from a
template that technical writers can improve (!128 ).
Hidden broken "Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot" feature in GNOME Wi-Fi settings
Fixed sorting Intel GPUs last in the "Error starting GDM" message
Upgraded Linux to 5.7.17-1 (#17895 ).
DOCUMENTATION AND WEBSITE
Changed massively our instructions on how to start Tails:
Documented Shift + Restart on Windows . (#16456 )
We're not telling Windows users to use the Boot Menu key anymore.
It's still the default for Linux .
Wrote dedicated pages for starting Tails on PC  and Mac .
Simplified troubleshooting sections.
We simplified and made consistent the troubleshooting instructions 
in all installation scenarios.
Removed instructions to report to Help Desk from the installation
scenarios but kept them on doc/first steps/start .
We believe that all these changes will lower your workload and make more
people start Tails at the same time.
Rephrased our FAQ about VPN . (#15783 )
Wrote an FAQ about 32-bit computers . (#17866 )
Fixed all outdated links to torproject.org. (#17717 )
Used ikiwiki's automatic referencing of HTML ids in table of content on
the pages that have the longest tables of content. (#17844 )
Now you can copy links directly from the table of content to point to:
Analyzed the responses of the OpenPGP and Pidgin survey . (#17821
It's pretty exciting because we barely have quantitative data about our
user base at large.
Our users find Tails relatively easy to use compared to an industry
Linux users are still the biggest share of the respondents and this
hasn't changed much since 2017.
The top 5 wishes of our users are, in rough order:
Do nothing because Tails is great already :)
More persistent settings: security level in Tor Browser, background,
keyboard, and language
Messaging applications and voice calls
Make Tor less painful for web browsing
OpenPGP is much more popular outside Thunderbird: 49% vs. 16%.
Enigmail users are more technical than OpenPGP users overall.
Electrum (28%) is more used than Thunderbird (27%), which is more used
than XMPP (17%).
IRC is used by a non-negligible 8% of respondents.
HOT TOPICS ON OUR HELP DESK
This last month we felt that the social crisis created by covid is
starting to take a toll on our users mental state, and we received more
derailed emails than usual. Hopefully there are local resources you can
count on for this difficult times. Take care!
Many users wrote to us with problems related to MacbookPros from 2020.
Apple in general does not prioritize collaborating with Free Software
projects, and their newest hardware is usually very hard for Free
Software developers to get working with Linux, and thus Tails. In
comparison, hardware for PC tends to be more open and get support for
Linux faster. Please take that into consideration if you are buying
hardware to run Tails.
The last release also saw some users with graphics cards issues. Please
read the page shown on the error message  before mailing us, because
there might be a solution for your graphics card.
Some users had problems  to do automatic upgrades to Tails 4.10.
Update: this was fixed.
Set up infrastructure that will allow Release Managers to upload to
git-annex faster (tails/sysadmin/-/issues/17687 ).
Started coordination for requiring Buster or newer for running our test
suite (#17842 ).
Started upgrading our Jenkins "isotester" workers to Buster.
Summed up  the findings from "Gather usability data about our
current CI" (#16959 ).
Our grant to Reset  from May 1 was rejected.
We applied to RIPE NCC  to work on usability improvements for
We surveyed "lapsed donors"  who haven't donated since 2019 and
analyzed 121 responses. Conclusions:
We're doing good! Negative comments were few exceptions in a mass of
love: the work that we do is very important and we do it well.
We should communicate a bit more and better with past donors:
* The main reason for lapsed donors not to renew their donation is
lack of awareness.
* We should write a newsletter to donors half-way through the year or
when we have major improvements.
* Adding an opt-in mechanism for our newsletter would allow us to be
less shy to write them.
* LimeSurvey is more convenient to send mass emails to donors.
* We should communicate more about the impact of donations and how we
spend the money.
About our donors and their interests:
Donors are mostly users (74%) but they are really into helping others
Donors mostly talk about:
* Privacy (24)
* Protection from oppressive governments and persecution (18)
* Liberty and freedom of speech (16)
We merged a first batch of improvements to our Donate  page:
To better explain our mission:
* We wrote new slogans.
* We improved the text on the left.
To better explain how we spend our money:
* We simplified the chart and added short text to explain each of
maintenance, improvements, user experience, and administration.
* We added a section about our impact with numbers of daily users.
To increase trust:
* We duplicated the recommendations from the Home page.
* We improved the color scheme of the charts.
* We added Freiheitsfoo as partner .
* Exporting secret PGP key in SeaHorse: Link to the thread .
* GitLab MR terminology update: WIP→ Draft : Link to the thread .
* Reviewers: Link to the thread .
ALL THE WEBSITE
* de: 29% (1921) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy
* es: 49% (3241) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
* fa: 21% (1401) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy
* fr: 80% (5231) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy
* it: 27% (1805) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy
* pt: 19% (1289) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy
CORE PAGES OF THE WEBSITE 
* de: 47% (992) strings translated, 23% strings fuzzy
* es: 83% (1744) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
* fa: 20% (422) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
* fr: 79% (1651) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy
* it: 48% (1010) strings translated, 21% strings fuzzy
* pt: 38% (803) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
CORE PAGES OF THE WEBSITE FOR LANGUAGES NOT ACTIVATED ON THE WEBSITE YET
* ar: 8% (172) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
* ca: 8% (185) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
* id: 8% (189) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy
* pl: 9% (214) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
* ru: 10% (230) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
* sr_Latn: 7% (164) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy
* tr: 9% (216) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy
* zh: 12% (272) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy
* zh_TW: 23% (505) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy
* Tails has been started more than 939 540 times this month. This
makes 30 308 boots a day on average.
How do we know this? 
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