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[[!meta title="Call for testing: 1.2~rc1"]]

[[!meta date="Mon, 09 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000"]]

You can help Tails! The first release candidate for the upcoming version 1.2 is
out. Please test it and see if it works for you.

[[!toc levels=1]]

How to test Tails 1.2~rc1?
==========================

1. **Keep in mind that this is a test image.** We have made sure
   that it is not broken in an obvious way, but it might still contain
   undiscovered issues.

1. Either try the <a href="#automatic_upgrade">automatic upgrade</a>, or
   download the ISO image and its signature:

   <a class="download-file" href="http://dl.amnesia.boum.org/tails/alpha/tails-i386-1.2~rc1/tails-i386-1.2~rc1.iso" >Tails 1.2~rc1 ISO image</a>

   <a class="download-signature"
   href="https://tails.boum.org/torrents/files/tails-i386-1.2~rc1.iso.sig">Tails 1.2~rc1 signature</a>

1. Verify the ISO image.

1. Have a look at the list of <a href="#known_issues">known issues of
   this release</a> and the list of
   [[longstanding known issues|support/known_issues]].

1. Test wildly!

If you find anything that is not working as it should, please [[report to
us|doc/first_steps/bug_reporting]]! Bonus points if you first check if it is a
<a href="#known_issues">known issue of this release</a> or a
[[longstanding known issue|support/known_issues]].

<div id="automatic_upgrade"></a>

How to automatically upgrade from 1.1.2?
========================================

These steps allow you to automatically upgrade a device installed with <span
class="application">Tails Installer</span> from Tails 1.1.2 to Tails 1.2~rc1.

1. Start Tails 1.1.2 from a USB stick or SD card, and
   [[set an administration password|doc/first_steps/startup_options/administration_password]].

1. Run this command in a <span class="application">Root
   Terminal</span> to select the "alpha" upgrade channel
   and start the upgrade:

       echo TAILS_CHANNEL=\"alpha\" >> /etc/os-release && \
            tails-upgrade-frontend-wrapper

1. Once the upgrade has been installed, restart Tails and look at
   <span class="menuchoice">
     <span class="guimenu">System</span>&nbsp;▸
     <span class="guimenuitem">About Tails</span>
   </span>
   to confirm that the running system is Tails 1.2~rc1.

What's new since 1.1.2?
=======================

Notable changes since Tails 1.1.2 include:

  * Major new features
    - Install (most of) the Tor Browser, replacing our previous
      Iceweasel-based browser. The version installed is a development
      build based on Firefox 31.1.1.
    - Upgrade Tor to 0.2.5.8-rc.
    - Confine several important applications with AppArmor.

  * Bugfixes
    - Install Linux 3.16-2 from Debian unstable.

  * Minor improvements
    - Upgrade I2P to 0.9.15, and isolate I2P traffic from the Tor
      Browser by adding a dedicated I2P Browser. Also, start I2P
      automatically upon network connection, when `i2p` is present on
      the kernel command line.
    - Make it clear that TrueCrypt will be removed in Tails 1.2.1
      ([[!tails_ticket 7739]]).
    - Enable VirtualBox guest additions by default ([[!tails_ticket
      5730]]). In particular this enables VirtualBox's display
      management service.
    - Make the OTR status in Pidgin clearer thanks to the formatting
      toolbar ([[!tails_ticket 7356]]).
    - Upgrade syslinux to 6.03-pre20, which should fix UEFI boot on
      some hardware.

See the <a href="https://git-tails.immerda.ch/tails/plain/debian/changelog?h=1.2-rc1">online
Changelog</a> for technical details.

<a id="known_issues"></a>

# Known issues in 1.2~rc1

* [[Longstanding known issues|support/known_issues]]