The release date for Tails 1.4.1 had been postponed because Mozilla changed their release schedule. It was released in the beginning of July. Once again, this report consists of non-code news :)


Documentation and website

  • A small note about non-free firmware was added to our licence page.

  • Our documentation for reviewers now explains how to do a good and nice review.

  • We warn that OpenPGP Applet can lead to encoding problems for emails.

User experience

  • On the Installation Assistant:

    • We wrote a full synopsis of the installation process for Windows, submitted it for review, and started testing it (#9202).
    • We started writing an ikiwiki and Bootstrap prototype of the Installation Assistant in web/assistant.
  • People are working on the Greeter mockups.


  • Our test suite covers 182 scenarios, just as in May. We removed outdated scenarios again, so there are actually new tests :) New tests add coverage for the Tor Browser's New Identity feature and confirm that the hardware clock is not updated by Tails. Additionally, a huge amount of work was put into making our test suite more robust.

  • We decided to publicly archive the tails-support mailing list, since external websites were archiving it anyway.

  • Great progress was made towards automatically building all active branches with Jenkins. Live deployment is now a matter of days.

  • We have specified the requirements for our upcoming monitoring system.


  • If you want to help us develop and maintain Tails, please donate :)

  • We sent our final report for the Access Innovation Prize received in March 2014.

  • We submitted our second quarterly report to the Digital Defenders Partnership.


Upcoming events

  • A talk about Tails will take place during DebConf15 in August in Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Please let us know if you organize an event about Tails, we'll be glad to announce it :)

On-going discussions

  • We discussed our release versioning and decided upon a new way to do it: always increment the first number with major Debian version, or whenever it makes sense for Tails only (user-visible changes); second number: even for bugfix releases, odd for major ones; an extra 3rd number will be added for emergency releases.

  • intrigeri started a discussion about tightening a bit the Evince and Totem AppArmor policy.

  • genghiskant proposed making a fork of Tails without non-free firmware.

  • We're talking about the design of a persistent Tor state.

  • We're also discussing the automated tests specification.

Press and testimonials


All website PO files

  • de: 18% (1256) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy, 17% words translated
  • fr: 45% (3046) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 43% words translated
  • pt: 28% (1861) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy, 26% words translated

Total original words: 76665

Core PO files

  • de: 60% (791) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 68% words translated
  • fr: 91% (1205) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy, 92% words translated
  • pt: 84% (1119) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy, 87% words translated

Total original words: 14258


  • Tails has been started more than 391,084 times this month. This makes 13,036 boots a day on average.

  • 19,284 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.

  • 57 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.

-- Report by BitingBird for Tails folks