There have been no releases in April (a big change compared to the three releases in March!).


  • We kept working with upstream to be able to support VeraCrypt in GNOME.

  • MAT2 is being developed. Lots of improvements, will come with support for new formats (torrents!) and more.

  • We worked on the new Additional Software feature, that will be ready for Tails 3.9 and will make programs easy to install each time you start Tails (as long as they are available from Debian).

Documentation and website

  • We wrote a new page to list known issues with graphics cards. Combined with the better error message when GDM fails to start that we introduced in Tails 3.6, it should gradually improve a lot the experience of people who cannot start Tails with their graphics card.

User experience

  • We started designing a quantitative survey of our user base.

    What would be useful for us to know about our users?

  • We drafted a fourth persona skeleton.

  • We removed the zooming effect on the screenshots in our installation instructions which was annoying. (#14678)

Hot topics on our help desk

  1. Users are still affected by a loss of persistence.conf.

  2. We received also several reports about keyboard and mouse not working after upgrading.

  3. A few users reported the disappearance of a part of their keyring.

  4. And some users had trouble with obfs4 bridges.



  • We participated in the DuckDuckGo Privacy Challenge. We raised $9 870 in donations and will receive $33 000 in prizes from DuckDuckGo.

    Thanks a lot to everybody who participated!


Past events

  • There was a Tails introductory workshop at the Flisol2018 conference on April 28, Rancho Electronico, Mexico City

Upcoming events

  • intrigeri will host a Tails users' meetup in the Cryptorave, May 5th, in São Paulo, Brazil

Press and testimonials

  • The italian association "Mutuo Soccorso", in their last book "Stop al Panico! Difesa legale, note per una maggiore consapevolezza", "Don't Panic!Legal defense, notes for greater awareness" - Bologna march 2018, suggests use Tails (p 132) for high needs of anonimity, to circumvent the censorships, or to manage in an easy way confidential communications. The writers: The distribution of the book:

  • sajolida did an interview with Simply Secure on our UX process and formative testing.

  • The FIDH - Worldwide Movement for Human Rights, relayed our call for donation by making it clear that Tails is an important tool for Human Rights Defenders in French, English and Farsi.


Timidly, groups are forming to translate Tails to Arabic and Chinese (simplified and TW). Contact Tails l10n if you want to know more.

All the website

  • de: 53% (3033) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 46% words translated
  • es: 55% (3104) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 45% words translated
  • fa: 36% (2054) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 38% words translated
  • fr: 91% (5172) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • it: 33% (1881) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 29% words translated
  • pt: 27% (1542) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 24% words translated

Total original words: 59730

Core pages of the website

  • de: 76% (1468) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 75% words translated
  • es: 94% (1827) strings translated, 2% strings fuzzy, 91% words translated
  • fa: 32% (634) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 32% words translated
  • fr: 98% (1898) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 96% words translated
  • it: 67% (1302) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy, 66% words translated
  • pt: 44% (854) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy, 47% words translated

Total original words: 17621


  • Tails has been started more than 650 000 times this month. This makes 21 900 boots a day on average.
  • 9 226 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
  • 104 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.