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[[!meta title="What we accomplished in 2017"]]
We recently asked you to [[give us a hand to fund our work in
**Today, we want to tell you what we accomplished in 2017.**
- **New features and userfriendly interfaces**
- We were particularly proud of [[releasing Tails 3.0|news/version_3.0]] almost
at the same time as Debian 9.0 (Stretch) which strengthens our commitment to
the free software communities without which Tails wouldn't exist.
- We added new features, like [[OnionShare|doc/anonymous_internet/onionshare]]
for sharing files, and redesigned other core features, like *Tails Greeter*
and *Tails Installer*, to be much easier to use.
- **Security hardening**
- We'll soon provide a reproducible build of the ISO image to
protect users and developers from a malicious build of our ISO
image. This effort was paid for by the Mozilla Open Source Support
award which we received in 2016.
- We promised to work on making all our mirrors use **HTTPS** and
we're proud to announce that our mirror pool now contains over 40
active and fast mirrors. They all serve our files over an encrypted
enabled, when using our Download And Verify Extension and when Tails
- We published our **[[Social
contract|/contribute/working_together/social_contract]]**, the guiding
principles that reflect the commitment to our ideals.
- **Have more reliable and steady sources of income**: We created a
page presenting our [[past, present and future partners|partners/]]
and hopefully inciting more companies and individuals to make
Next to this selection of new features, we also work on recurring tasks:
- In 2017, we published seven Tails **releases**.
- We answered 122 bug reports on average each month through our *help
desk* and helped many people being safer online. Each user request
costs us 6€ on average to proceed. In 2017 our help desk was paid
entirely out of donations.
- We maintain and update our **infrastructure**. You might not see this
effort, but it constitutes a crucial part of our work to verify that
everything is functioning correctly, build ISO images, test, make it
possible to publish emergency releases faster.
- Organizing our own **meetings** and attending conferences in our field
is critical to keep our community alive and relevant. But this is
usually hard to get funded by grants, so donations help us a lot here.
- In 2017, we attended **conferences** and connected to free software
and Internet freedom communities in 8 different countries: OTF Summit
(USA), 33C3 & Reproducible Builds world summit (Germany), FOSDEM
(Belgium), IFF (Spain), Tor dev (Netherlands), GUADEC (United
Kingdom), DebConf (Canada), CryptoRave (Brasil).
- Keeping Tails successful also implies quite a bit of
**administration** to raise funds, do accounting, organize work, write
Besides substantial donations, we would be able to better plan our
future work if we would receive many more monthly donations.
**If you can, we'd love for you to sign up for monthly donations at
whatever level suits you ($5 = formidable. $10 = wonderful. More money =
If you like our work, please take one minute to keep Tails alive.
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