Tails 0.19 was released on June 26.


  • 140 517 connections of Tails to the Tor network. This makes a boot every 18.5 seconds on average (this is an approximation from the requests made to the security announcements feed when Tails is connected to Tor).

  • 66 non-empty bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

  • 110 comments were posted on the forum, with 32 signed by Tails, before we closed it.


  • Tails was upgraded to Linux 3.9.

  • The feature/set-wireless-devices-state branch was merged, eventually.

  • We tried to get in touch with the WiNoN developers. No reply so far.

  • Many branches were merged just in time for the 0.19 freeze.

  • Two serious bugs were discovered while testing 0.19~rc1, and fixed for 0.19 final. This reinforces our conviction that we should run our test suite automatically as soon as possible.

  • Some solutions to get rid of the JRuby mess were experimented with.

  • Access restriction to ptrace was updated for the upcoming Debian kernel.

  • The Iceweasel warning when leaving HTTPS was disabled. Thanks to winterfairy for the initial patch.

  • The wrong search engine bug was fixed.

  • Git over HTTPS was fixed.

  • All Pidgin protocols but IRC and Jabber/XMPP were disabled.

  • The WhisperBack help was partly updated.

  • Information about Alsa was added to WhisperBack reports.

  • The "remember additional packages" feature was adapted to work with newer live-boot.

Documentation and Website

  • We closed the forum.

  • We decided not to follow Tor to StackExchange yet. We need more time to decide what we will do, now that our previously preferred option was discarded.

  • The release process was automated a bit. So was our custom Iceweasel package release process.

Localization and Internationalization

  • Our POT files were merged first, and then we intltoolize'd our translation system. This should help pushing these strings to Transifex.

On-going discussions

  • Flashproxy

  • Accessibility for blind and visually impaired users

  • Making the boot medium read-only

  • Wrong MIME type returned for ISO signatures

  • Download over HTTP by default?

  • Network fingerprint


  • Our Git repositories are now all hosted in a central place (documentation). Thanks a lot to for their continued support!

  • We worked on improving backups for our infrastructure.


  • We kept working on funding with sponsor Foxtrot.

  • We are working on short-term funding with sponsor Bravo.

  • The way we will contract bounty hunters was rebooted. Stay tuned.