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[[!meta  title="Tails report for August, 2017"]]
[[!meta  date="Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:34:56 +0000"]]

[[!toc ]]

Releases
========

* [[Tails 3.1 was released on August 8|news/version_3.1]] (minor release).

* Tails 3.2 is [[scheduled for September 26|contribute/calendar]].

The following changes were introduced in Tails 3.1:

## Fixed problems

  - Make sure that *Thunderbird* erases its temporary directory,
    containing for example attachments opened in the past. [[!tails_ticket 13340]]

  - Fix translations of the time synchronization and "*Tor is ready*"
    notifications. [[!tails_ticket 13437]]

Code
====

* intrigeri
  [started a discussion](https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2017/08/msg00090.html)
  about enabling AppArmor by default in Debian. So far the feedback
  has been good.
* We [[decided to evaluate|blueprint/Debian_testing]] this year
  whether we can base Tails on quarterly snapshots of Debian testing.
  If we end up answering this question favorably, then the first such
  release would happen early in 2018 (January or April).
* We worked on regressions introduced in Tails 3.0 that our Help Desk
  and Foundations Team deems high-priority, such as
  [[!tails_ticket 12733]] and [[!tails_ticket 13437]].
* We [[!tails_ticket 12707 desc="worked on Tails Installer"]] to make
  it create larger system partitions so that users can benefit more
  often from automatic upgrades, instead of having to perform
  a manual upgrade.
* We are in the process of [[!tails_ticket 8281 desc="evaluating"]]
  whether GNOME's on-screen keyboard could fully replace _Florence_.
* We started [[!tails_ticket 12732 desc="porting"]] Tails to Linux 4.12.
* We started organizing teams, work, timeline and workflow for our
  upcoming OTF contract:
  - [[!tails_ticket 14468 desc="VeraCrypt support in GNOME: make it easier to integrate Tails into workflows with other users and operating systems"]]
  - Additional software: make it easier to tailor Tails to specific
    needs for sensitive data manipulation ([[!tails_ticket 14568]],
    [[!tails_ticket 5551]] and friends)

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

- We renamed our "*Easy*" tasks for new contributors as "[[*Starter*
  tasks|contribute/working_together/criteria_for_starter_tasks]]".

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

- We helped Tor [redesign and rephrase Tor
  Launcher](https://docs.google.com/document/d/19IApm-dzSE7JiN_lATML4FVwqGL1I_Kfy_HqpwC75z8/edit?usp=sharing),
  the configuration screens of Tor Browser that are also used in Tails.

- We held a collective workshop to identify personas with 12 core
  contributors. We started with a brainstorming of Tails users and their
  goals, followed by a collective grouping of all the identified use
  cases into categories based on *type of users* and *user goals*.

  After that, a smaller team started drafting persona skeletons based on
  this output, including holistic security and threat modeling aspects
  for each persona.

  The process and output are documented in our [[blueprint on
  personas|blueprint/personas#2017-08]].

Hot topics on our help desk
===========================

1. A few users reported that during some sessions, [[!tails_ticket 14250 desc="the *Applications* menu button stops working moments after Tails finishes to start"]]

1. A few users were asking about shipping Tails with software for additional cryptocurrencies ([[!tails_ticket 14390 desc="i.e. Monero"]])

1. There was some input on [[!tails_ticket 13206 desc="a problem with *Install by cloning*"]], which sometimes fails silently on specific installations.

1. Users are still struggling with hardware support.

Funding
=======

- sajolida sent an [analysis of the donation campaign from last year](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2017-August/000932.html),
  with insights and actionable items to make it even better this year.


Outreach
========

Past events
-----------

* A few Tails contributors attended
  [DebConf17](https://debconf17.debconf.org/), the annual conference
  for Debian contributors and users interested in improving Debian.
  Among other things we had discussions and hacking sessions about
  enabling AppArmor by default in Debian (see above),
  [[!debpts openpgp-applet desc="OpenPGP Applet"]], Debian Perl Group
  open tasks, and how to bring the benefits of
  [Flatpak](http://flatpak.org/) to our users.
* Alan attended [GUADEC](https://2017.guadec.org/) and [sent a
  comprehensive report](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-project/2017-August/000911.html)

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

* From October 31st to November 2nd the [reproducible summit will happen in Berlin](https://reproducible-builds.org/events/berlin2017/)
* From November 14th to November 16th is the OTF summit
* From December 27th to December 30th the [34th Chaos Communication Congress, 34C3, will happen in Leipzig](https://www.ccc.de/en/updates/2017/34C3-in-leipzig)


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

* There was a call to [help us build Tails reproducibly](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2017-August/011591.html)
* Iry restarted the discussion about [substituting Tor-launcher with Anon-Connection-Wizard](https://mailman.boum.org/pipermail/tails-dev/2017-August/011620.html)

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

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

  - de: 56% (2821) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 49% words translated
  - fa: 42% (2115) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy, 44% words translated
  - fr: 89% (4466) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 87% words translated
  - it: 41% (2050) strings translated, 5% strings fuzzy, 36% words translated
  - pt: 25% (1295) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 22% words translated

Total original words: 53366

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

  - de: 77% (1471) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 78% words translated
  - fa: 34% (656) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 35% words translated
  - fr: 98% (1866) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 99% words translated
  - it: 77% (1459) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 77% words translated
  - pt: 45% (853) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated

Total original words: 17252


Metrics
=======

* Tails has been started more than 674.373 times this month. This makes 21.754 boots a day on average.
* 13.545 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
* 105 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.