Here is the report of what happened around Tails in July, 2012.


One of us went to DebConf12 in Nicaragua.

The final steps towards a usable AppArmor in the next Debian release (codename: Wheezy) were completed. Also, Vidalia 0.2.20-1 was granted a freeze exception and will therefore be part of Wheezy.

It was also an opportunity to meet some unexpected users of Tails within the Debian community.

We have received 43 private bug reports sent using WhisperBack.

656 messages were exchanged on the Tails web forum, with at least 104 answers signed as 'Tails'.

We had to work around a last minute change of plans for our annual developer summit happening in August.


We did release Tails 0.12.1.

The whole ride to 0.12.1 was pretty painful. 0.12 contained nasty user visible issues. Some last minute changes in package repositories used by Tails had to be worked around. All this is convincing us that we need to be able to provide pre-release ISO images to be tested by supporting users. We also need automated tests and a more reliable system to deal with upstream and Tails packages.

The data collection mechanism for WhisperBack is more flexible. It will now send more logs from tails-greeter. Hopefully that would help to fix a bug like one we had in 0.12 quicker.

The default mailbox path of Claws Mail has been fixed to lie in the persistent directory.

Using precompiled locales is ready.

Work has been done to stay compatible with recent changes in live-boot 3.x. Work has been done to move to live-build 3.x.

Incremental updates are nearly done.

A little more progress was made to port Tails to the next Debian release (codename Wheezy).

We have updated our (VM based) build system to use the latest version of Ikiwiki, as our 'mirrorlist' patch has finally been merged upstream.

On-going discussions

Feedback on a proof-of-concept for automated tests

Using tlsdate?

htpdate and fingerprints

Documentation and website

The new 'trail' ikiwiki plugin should help to have links from one page of the documentation to the other. Preview available.

Some pages of the website has been locked for security, but their translations are still open.


Karen from the Tor project worked with some of us to answer the call for proposals made by the European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR). The call was directed toward projects that helps human rights defenders to defeat cyber-censorship. Our proposal mostly revolves around several improvements to Tails: automated builds and tests to be able to release more often, safer versions of Tails; better support for bridge and pluggable transports; better support for recent and upcoming computers; and translations improvements. We still don't have answers for first selection round, we will see how it goes.