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[[!meta title="Tails report for September, 2013"]]
[[!meta date="Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:01:24 +0000"]]
[[!pagetemplate template="news.tmpl"]]

Releases
========

Tails 0.20.1 [[was released|news/version_0.20.1]] on September 19.

Tails 0.21 has been
[scheduled](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2013-September/003719.html)
for October 29.

Tails 0.22 has been
[scheduled](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2013-September/003718.html)
for December 11.

Metrics
=======

- Tails has been started more than 174 269 times in September.
  This makes a boot every 15 seconds on average.

- 14 166 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO.

Code
====

- We had a [low-hanging fruits
  session](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2013-September/003703.html)
  on Saturday 21.
- A launcher for KeePassX
  was added to the desktop ([[!tails_ticket 6290]]).
- It is now possible to install Tails on SD cards using
  SDIO hardware
  ([[!tails_ticket 6324]]).
- Some issues were fixed for the migration to
  Tails Wheezy.
- The problem that prevented
  some packages to be
  installable on Tails was solved.
- Tails USB Installer:
  - [Rebranded](http://git.tails.boum.org/liveusb-creator/log/?h=feature/sdio)
    to *Tails Installer*.
  - Display a [confirmation
    dialog](http://git.tails.boum.org/liveusb-creator/log/?h=feature/confirmation_dialog)
    before installing Tails ([[!tails_ticket 6293]]).
  - Display [device vendor, model and
    size](http://git.tails.boum.org/liveusb-creator/log/?h=feature/list_device_name)
    ([[!tails_ticket 6292]]).
  - Any `.iso` file present in the Tails partition will be skipped during
    cloning ([[!tails_ticket 5300]]). Many thanks to Sina for providing a patch!
- The information icon when a bad passphrase is entered in Tails Greeter
  was replaced by a proper [warning
  icon](http://git.tails.boum.org/greeter/commit/?id=7ce672d21fd94badf38f8a52279aa10fc7917df8)
  ([[!tails_ticket 5332]]).
  Many thanks to Andres Gomez for providing a patch!
- The persistent volume
  is now properly umounted
  on shutdown ([[!tails_ticket 6228]]).
- Tails now ships Tor
  0.2.4.
- Tails now
  includes Linux 3.10.11.
- A minor fix to our automated test suite
  was proposed.

Documentation and website
=========================

- A branch to improve the
  bug reporting workflow was
  submitted.
- A plan to restructure the documentation for Mac was drafted
  ([[!tails_ticket 6319]]).
- A mockup for the new [[contribute
  section|blueprint/contribute_section]] has been designed
  incrementally.
- The documentation on
  cold boot attacks and ways to shutdown has been rewritten
  ([[!tails_ticket 6008]]).
  Many thanks to mercedes508 for working on that!
- The documentation
  explaining why Tor is slow has been refined
  ([[!tails_ticket 5641]]).

Infrastructure
==============

- You can download nightly builds of different branches of Tails on
  <http://nightly.tails.boum.org/>.
  - They have more unique names than previous builds.
  - They are signed with OpenPGP key 0xD83A438B2F916605
    ([[!tails_ticket 6193]]).
- We have started looking what UEFI hardware we need to do research
  and tests in this area. We would not mind a 13-inch 2011 MacBook Pro
  (MacBookPro8,1) or similar. We would not refuse a recent netbook
  that boots off UEFI, either.

On-going discussions
====================

- [Removing the clock applet from the
  desktop](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2013-September/003680.html)
  or [[!tails_ticket 6284 desc="Displaying localized timezone"]]
- [[!tails_ticket 5797 desc="Creating a logo for Tails"]], with new
  proposals by
  [Carmie](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2013-September/003612.html)
  and [Kevin C.
  Krinke](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2013-September/003563.html)
- [Emptying Trash on persistent
  volume](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2013-September/003540.html)

Funding
=======

- We finally signed our short-term contract with sponsor Bravo. That
  will keep us very busy until the end of the year, and will address
  some of the stumbling blocks on the road towards Tails 1.0!

- We paid the first bounty of our bounty program. This one automated the
  migration of our ikiwiki tickets to
  [Redmine](https://labs.riseup.net/code/projects/tails/issues?query_id=108).

Press and testimonials
======================

* 2013-09-12: In [Inside the Effort to Crowdfund NSA-Proof Email and
  Chat
  Services](http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/inside-the-effort-to-crowdfund-nsa-proof-email-and-chat-services)
  by DJ Pangburn, Riseup birds write (about the TBB) "Combined with the
  TAILS project, which Riseup supports, there is nothing better."

* 2013-09-05: In [How to remain secure against NSA
  surveillance](http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-how-to-remain-secure-surveillance),
  Bruce Schneier wrote: "Since I started working with Snowden's
  documents, I have been using GPG, Silent Circle, Tails, OTR,
  TrueCrypt, BleachBit, and a few other things I'm not going to
  write about."