Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.0.4.

  • Add a shortcut to open the Tor Connection assistant when starting Tor Browser if Tails is not connected to the Tor network yet.

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.26

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.26 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.27 is scheduled for February 8.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2022-01-11 Tags:

Releases

Tails 4.25 was released on December 2021.

  • We added a utility to make a backup of the Persistent Storage to another Tails USB stick.

  • We added a new entry called Tails (External Hard Disk) to the GRUB boot loader.

Hiring a Project Manager

We published a job offer for a Project Manager and reviewed the first 50 applicants.

We were very impressed by the quality of the applicants and this gives us a lot of hope for the future of the project.

We selected 6 applicants that we will interview in January.

We are still reviewing new applications! Please pass the word :)

Automatic time synchronization

We wrote a prototype to automate the synchronization of the computer's clock before connecting to the Tor network. (#18717)

This will help people living in Eastern Europe and Asia connect to Tor bridges from Tails.

When users decide to connect to the Tor network automatically, Tails will connect to Fedora's captive portal detection without going through Tor to automatically correct the clock before connecting to Tor.

You can read more about our security design and current implementation plans or test the nightly build of our prototype.

Usability tests of first-time use

We did some usability tests of our installation instructions. We recruited 5 activists with interest in privacy technologies and observed them while they downloaded, installed, and started Tails for the first time. We hadn't tested this entire flow since 2015 and so many things happened since then.

  • 3 of them had a pretty good installation experience of 10-20 minutes, download excluded. This process became much easier since 2015 thanks to the distribution of USB images instead of ISO images.

  • 2 of them went a very bad route and took more than 1 hour to install Tails despite us rescuing them along the way. The good news is that we could help these people with only changes to the website.

You can see the detailed findings and the 19 GitLab issues that we created from these usability tests in this rainbow table or read a more detailed report. (#18074)

We also published our policy for the retention of the user research data gathered during such activities.

Metrics

  • The Russian translation of our documentation about connecting to the Tor network was the top growing page on our website, according to Google Search.

    This happened while Russia started blocking Tor in December.

    We are very proud to have released the Russian translation of our entire user documentation in October and released the Tor Connection assistant in July to make it easier for people to circumvent this kind of censorship.

    We estimate that 4 times more people are using bridges from Tails since the release of Tor Connection, from the WhisperBack reports that we receive from users.

  • Tails has been started more than 752 953 times this month. This makes 24 289 boots a day on average.

Posted 2022-01-10

New features

Backup utility

We added a utility to make a backup of the Persistent Storage to another Tails USB stick.

This utility automates the process described until now in our documentation on making a backup of your Persistent Storage, which used the command line.

Thanks a lot to David A. Wheeler for sending us the initial code!

It's pretty basic and we still want to do something better in #7049, but we didn't want to wait more because we know that backups are a big issue for our users.

External Hard Disk

We added a new entry called Tails (External Hard Disk) to the GRUB boot loader.

You can use it to start Tails from an external hard disk or one of the few USB sticks that used to return the following error when starting Tails:

Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.0.2.

  • Update Tor to 0.4.6.8.

  • Add a shortcut to restart Tails when the Unsafe Browser was not enabled in the Welcome Screen.

  • Add a link from the error screen of the Tor Connection assistant to our documentation on troubleshooting connecting to Tor.

Fixed problems

For more details, read our changelog.

  • Fix the display problems in the Unsafe Browser. (#18668)

Known issues

  • Remove the guest additions of VirtualBox. (#18643)

    This breaks the support for mouse pointer integration, shared folders, and shared clipboard.

    The VirtualBox guest additions are badly maintained in Debian and not compatible anymore with some recent updates in Debian. We will add them back as soon as the packages in Debian work again in Tails.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.25

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.25 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.26 is scheduled for January 11.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2021-12-07 Tags:

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.0.

  • Make the confirmation dialog of Tails Installer more scary when reinstalling a USB stick that has a Persistent Storage. (#18301)

Improvements to the Tor Connection assistant

  • Improve the time zone selection interface. (#18514)

  • Improve the explanation when fixing the clock. (#18572)

  • Explain better how to type a bridge. (#18597)

  • Remove mention to local networks when opening the Unsafe Browser. (#18600)

Fixed problems

  • Avoid high CPU usage when getting download progress info in Tails Upgrader. (#18632)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

  • The Unsafe Browser has display problems, but still works to sign in to a network using a captive portal.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.24

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.24 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.25 is scheduled for December 7.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2021-11-04 Tags:

Releases

In September, we released 4.22 with updates for Tor Browser and Thunderbird, improvements to the Tor Connection Assistant, and several fixes.

Tails 4.23 is scheduled for October 5.

Highlights of the month

  • We got several reports about folks being unable to download Tails images using Google Chrome, Chromium or Chromium-based browsers, and fixed it. (#18616)

  • We also received reports about a new problem with the Additional Software feature (Splitting of clearsigned file errors), and we're working on it! (#18620)

  • We improved our documentation on Connecting to the Tor network and added a new nice diagram.

    A Tor connection goes through 3 relays with the last one establishing the actual connection to the final destination

  • The documentation style guide is now the single place where we describe how we write our documentation.

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 668 017 times this month. This makes 22 267 boots a day on average.
Posted 2021-10-13

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 10.5.8.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.23

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.23 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.24 is scheduled for November 2.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2021-10-06 Tags:

In Tails 4.22, we focused on solving the most important issues in the Tor Connection assistant to make it more robust and easier to use.

Changes and updates

Included software and hardware support

  • Update Tor Browser to 10.5.6.

  • Update Thunderbird to 78.13.

  • Update the AMD graphics firmware to 20210818. This should improve the support for some AMD graphics cards.

Tor Connection

  • Change the custom bridge interface to only allow entering 1 bridge. (#18550)

    People had troubles knowing how to enter their custom bridges when the widget was a textarea and only the first bridge is used anyway.

  • Allow saving 1 custom bridge in the Persistent Storage. (#5461)

  • Allow fixing the clock manually when connecting to Tor using bridges fails. (#15548)

    This helps people East from London connect to Tor using obfs4 bridges and makes connecting to Tor more robust in general.

  • Reduce the timeout that determines whether we can connect to Tor at all from 30 seconds to 10 seconds. Increase the timeout to start Tor entirely from 120 seconds to 600 seconds. (#18501).

    Tor Connection now fails quicker when it's impossible to connect to Tor, while being more robust on slow Internet connections.

  • Allow trying again to connect to Tor from the error screen. (#18539)

Unsafe Browser

  • Stop restarting Tor when exiting the Unsafe Browser. (#18562)

  • Only mention the Persistent Storage in the Unsafe Browser warning when there is already a Persistent Storage. (#18551)

Others

  • Make sure that automatic upgrades are downloaded from a working mirror. (#15755)

  • Add Russian to the offline documentation included in Tails.

Fixed problems

Tor Connection

  • Fix connecting to Tor using the default bridges. (#18462)

  • Fix connecting to Tor when the Wi-Fi settings are saved in the Persistent Storage. (#18532)

  • Stop trying to connect to Tor in the background when Tor Connection reaches the error screen. (#18740)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.22

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.22 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.23 is scheduled for October 5.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2021-09-07 Tags:

Releases

In august, we released 4.22~rc1 and 4.22. Having a release candidate helped us gather feedback from users to build a more solid 4.22. Enjoy it!

Tails 4.23 is scheduled for October 5.

Highlights of the month

  • We migrated our XMPP chat rooms to disroot.org. You do not need to have a disroot.org account to join us on the talk chat, any XMPP account is fine. XMPP chat room is only used for users' mutual help, and is not always monitored by our help desk. Write an email if you want to talk with Tails' help desk.

  • The Foundations Team met for a sprint, which resulted in many bugs being fixed and features being added. You can taste some of them in 4.22, but some of them haven't make it for the current release:

    • Improving the time zone selection user interface (#18514).

    • Redesigning Persistent Storage setting (#17803).

  • Our joint proposal with Tor to DRL has been accepted. This will help us do more user research and implement UX improvements.

  • We added Word Solver as a sponsor.

  • We are improving the speed of our Continous Integration infrastructure. This is not immediately visible to users, but helps making Tails' development more enjoyable and sustainable.

Metrics

  • Tails has been started more than 675,177 times this month. This makes 22,505 boots a day on average.
Posted 2021-09-07

Contribute to Tails by testing our release candidate for Tails 4.22 by the end of August!

What's new in 4.22~rc1?

Tails 4.22, scheduled for release on September 7, will allow users to manually set their correct time zone and clock. This helps users to work around a long-standing issue of Tails not being able to connect to Tor when obfs4 bridges are being used and the computer has a hardware clock that is set to a time zone that is east of UTC. See #15548.

Also, Tails 4.22 will allow users to save bridges to Persistent Storage so that the bridges do not need to be reentered every time Tails is restarted.

What's new since 4.21?

  • Update Thunderbird to 78.13

  • Tor Connection assistant will stop trying to connect to Tor when the error screen is displayed.

  • Offline documentation includes the Russian language translation.

For more details, read our changelog.

Get Tails 4.22~rc1

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

If you are running Tails 4.19 or later, you can upgrade like this:

  1. Start Tails and set an administration password.

  2. Connect to the network and make sure Tor is connected successfully.

  3. Run this command in a Terminal:

    echo TAILS_CHANNEL=\"alpha\" | sudo tee -a /etc/os-release && \
         tails-upgrade-frontend-wrapper
    

    Enter the administration password when asked for the "password for amnesia".

  4. After the upgrade is applied, restart Tails and choose Applications ▸ Tails ▸ About Tails to verify that you are running Tails 4.22~rc1.

Download Tails 4.22~rc1

Download and install Tails 4.22~rc1 as usually.

All the data on this USB stick will be lost. Don't install Tails 4.22~rc1 on any USB stick that already has a Persistent Storage, upgrade instead.

Direct download

  • For USB sticks (USB image)
    OpenPGP signature
    SHA256SUM: 52930e1241809c0939754968e9d6925de4306a1dd3b727d5a2f0b33f5442859f

  • For DVDs and virtual machines (ISO image)
    OpenPGP signature
    SHA256SUM: 6e37811b753f480d709d7c88464ae1b2d7282470876e25513a49b987adafa87e

BitTorrent download

What to test in Tails 4.22~rc1?

We particularly would like to know if Tails successfully connects to Tor using bridges when the correct time zone and clock are set from within Tor Connection assistant.

Also, we want to make sure that bridges are properly saved to and restored from Persistent Storage when the Tor Bridges feature is enabled.

Tell us if anything is unclear, confusing, or not working as you would expect.

Please, send your feedback to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list).

Known issues in 4.22~rc1

None specific to this release.

Happy testing!

Posted 2021-08-19 Tags:

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 10.5.4.

  • Update Thunderbird to 78.12

Fixed problems

  • Prevent Tails Installer from deleting a Persistent Storage when doing a manual upgrade and choosing Cancel in the confirmation dialog. (#18494)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.21

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are available from Tails 4.19 or later to 4.21.

  • If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.21 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.22 is scheduled for September 7.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2021-08-10 Tags: