Tails Summit, 2018

Once a year a dozen or two Tails contributors meet in person to shape the project and define our priorities. This year, we met in August and enjoyed one week of discussions, skill sharing and hands-on work sessions. A great number of uninvited mosquitoes joined us as well but we managed to find efficient mitigation measures :)

Read the full report!



Documentation and website

We documented how to:

User experience

  • We presented a first version of our personas to the community and agreed on focusing on Riou, The Censorship Evader, as our primary persona.

  • We completed the collaboration with Simply Secure on the Tails identity (aka. "brand") and making it easier to understand what is Tails and how it works. This work lays the foundation to:

    • Redefining our visual style and tone.
    • Explanation of Tails on our home and about pages.

    We will report on this in more details later.

  • We improved the readability of our HTML tables. See for example graphics.

Hot topics on our help desk

Like in previous months, most users writing to Help Desk are having issues with hardware support.

  1. Several users reported hard or soft lockups with recent Dell XPS and other laptops with recent NVIDIA graphics cards. We're still waiting for more test results before we can document a workaround. (#15774)

  2. Some problems were also reported with some Intel graphics cards on Tails 3.9~rc1. This was fixed in Tails 3.9. (#15821)

  3. Many users still lose temporarily their persistence configuration. To fix this, see the documented workaround.


  • DeepOnion donated 0.154 btc.

  • Handshake Foundation donated $200 000.


Upcoming events

  • intrigeri and sajolida will be at Tor meeting in Mexico City from September 29 to October 3 and will present Tails during the open days on October 2.

  • sajolida will discuss Tails, user experience, and free software at the Coloquio de Privacidad y Anonimato of UNAM in Mexico City on October 4–5.


All the website

  • de: 55% (3192) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 48% words translated
  • es: 57% (3331) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 47% words translated
  • fa: 36% (2094) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 38% words translated
  • fr: 91% (5296) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 89% words translated
  • it: 32% (1874) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy, 28% words translated
  • pt: 27% (1614) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy, 24% words translated

Total original words: 61403

Core pages of the website

  • de: 81% (1562) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy, 81% words translated
  • es: 96% (1850) strings translated, 1% strings fuzzy, 93% words translated
  • fa: 33% (639) strings translated, 11% strings fuzzy, 33% words translated
  • fr: 98% (1894) strings translated, 0% strings fuzzy, 98% words translated
  • it: 67% (1291) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy, 66% words translated
  • pt: 45% (877) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy, 49% words translated

Total original words: 17456


  • Tails has been started more than 669 403 times this month. This makes 22 313 boots a day on average.
  • 6819 downloads of the OpenPGP signature of Tails ISO from our website.
  • 74 bug reports were received through WhisperBack.