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[[!meta title="Tails report for January, 2016"]]
[[!meta date="Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:00:16 +0000"]]
[[!pagetemplate template="news.tmpl"]]

January has been a busy month with two releases including Tails 2.0.

[[!toc]]

Releases
========

* [[Tails 1.8.2 was released on January 10, 2016|news/version_1.8.2]] (minor release).

* [[Tails 2.0 was released on January 26, 2016|news/version_2.0]] (major release).

* The next release (2.2) is [[planned for March 08|contribute/calendar]].

The following changes were introduced in Tails 2.0:

- Tails now uses the <span class="application">GNOME Shell</span> desktop
  environment, in its <span class="application">Classic</span> mode.
  <span class="application">GNOME Shell</span> provides a modern, simple, and
  actively developed desktop environment. The <span class="application">Classic</span>
  mode keeps the traditional <span class="guimenu">Applications</span>,
  <span class="guimenu">Places</span> menu, and windows list. Accessibility and
  non-Latin input sources are also better integrated.

- Update <span class="application">Tor Browser</span> to 5.5 (based on Firefox 38.6.0 ESR):
  - Add Japanese support.

- Remove the Windows camouflage which is currently broken in GNOME Shell.
  We started working on [[!tails_ticket 10830 desc="adding it back"]] but [[your
  help is needed|news/windows_camouflage_jessie]]!

- Change to `systemd` as init system and use it to:
  - Sandbox many services using Linux namespaces and make them harder to exploit.
  - Make the launching of Tor and the memory wipe on shutdown more robust.
  - Sanitize our code base by replacing many custom scripts.

- Update most firmware packages which might improve hardware compatibility.

- Notify the user if Tails is running from a non-free virtualization software.

- Remove <span class="application">Claws Mail</span>, replaced by
  <span class="application">[[Icedove|doc/anonymous_internet/icedove]]</span>, a
  rebranded version of <span class="application">Mozilla Thunderbird</span>.

- HiDPI displays are better supported. ([[!tails_ticket 8659]])

- Remove the option to open a download with an external application in Tor
  Browser as this is usually impossible due to the AppArmor confinement.
  ([[!tails_ticket 9285]])

- Close <span class="application">Vidalia</span> before restarting Tor.

- Allow <span class="application">Videos</span> to access the DVD drive.
  ([[!tails_ticket 10455]], [[!tails_ticket 9990]])

- Allow configuring printers without administration password.
  ([[!tails_ticket 8443]])

Code
====

- *Tails Installer* was made [available in Debian](https://tracker.debian.org/tails-installer).

- Andrew Gallagher wrote a [tool to clone and backup the persistent
  volume](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2016-January/010033.html). Testing is welcome!

- Christian Medel is working on a [replacement for the defunct Windows
  Camouflage](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2016-January/010084.html).

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

- All of our documentation was updated to Tails based on Jessie.

User experience
===============

* Tails Installer is now available in [Debian](https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/tails-installer)
  and [Ubuntu](https://launchpad.net/~tails-team/+archive/ubuntu/tails-installer)

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

* Our test suite covers 208 scenarios, 17 more than in August. We focused on
  [[making our test suite more robust|contribute/reports/SponsorS/2015/2016_01#index3h2]].

* The infrastructure to run our test suite on all the ISO images built
  automatically from development branches [[has been deployed, but still needs
  adjustments|contribute/reports/SponsorS/2015/2016_01#index2h2]].

* In January 757 ISO images were automatically built and tested by our
  continuous integration infrastructure.

* We have a prototype for a [[monitoring
  system|contribute/reports/SponsorS/2015/2016_01#index5h2]] based on Icinga2,
  for our services.

Outreach
========

* A Tails install party took place in Toulouse, France to celebrate the Tails 2.0 release.

Upcoming events
---------------

* We will participate at the [Internet Freedom Festival](https://internetfreedomfestival.org/)
  in Valencia, Spain from 1st-6th March 2016.

* We will be at the [Logan CIJ Symposium "Challenge Power"](http://logancij.com),
  11-12th March 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

* The Freedom of the Press Foundation will organize a [Tails workshop](http://whitney.org/Events/TailsWorkshops)
  at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, USA on March 19.

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

* sycamoreone started started working on a [blueprint](https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/replace_Pidgin/) to find a suitable replacement for Pidgin in the future.

* A discussion about [persistent Tor state](https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/persistent_Tor_state/) has been relaunched.

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

* 2016-01: Several articles cover the release of Tails 2.0:
  - 2016-01-27: [Tails 2.0: Das Anonymisierungs-OS im neuen Look](http://www.heise.de/security/meldung/Tails-2-0-Das-Anonymisierungs-OS-im-neuen-Look-3085312.html) by Fabian A. Scherschel in heise (in German).
  - 2016-01-27: [Edward Snowden's OS of choice gets a major update](http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/27/edward-snowdens-os-of-choice-gets-a-major-update/) by Steve Dent in engadget.

* 2016-01-12: Tails is listed as best distro for privacy in [The Best
  Linux Distros of 2016](http://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/878620-the-best-linux-distros-of-2016/)
  by Swapnil Bhartiya in Linux.com.

* 2016-01-07: [Tails - Soukromí pro každého - kdekoliv a kdykoliv](http://valeas.cz/it-blog/117-tails-soukromi-pro-kazdeho-kdekoliv-a-kdykoliv) by Václav in Valeas blog (in Czech).

Translation
===========

Due to the Jessie release, a lot of our translated documentation is now outdated.

All website PO files
--------------------

  - de: 28% (2236) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 24% words translated
  - fa: 60% (4855) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy, 69% words translated
  - fr: 41% (3301) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy, 40% words translated
  - pt: 21% (1669) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 19% words translated

Total original words: 86910

[[Core PO files|contribute/l10n_tricks/core_po_files.txt]]
--------------------------------------

  - de: 90% (1202) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 88% words translated
  - fa: 83% (1109) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 76% words translated
  - fr: 84% (1125) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 79% words translated
  - pt: 73% (982) strings translated, 16% strings fuzzy, 70% words translated

Total original words: 14326

Metrics
=======

* Tails has been started more than 571,109 times this month. This makes 18,423 boots a day on average.
* 39,080 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
* 184 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.