You can help Tails! The first (and hopefully only) release candidate for the upcoming version 0.20 is out. Please test it and see if all works for you.

How to test Tails 0.20~rc1?

  1. Keep in mind that this is a test image. We have made sure that it is not broken in an obvious way, but it might still contain undiscovered issues.

  2. Download the ISO image and its signature:

    Tails 0.20~rc1 ISO image

    Tails 0.20~rc1 signature

  3. Verify the ISO image.

  4. Have a look at the list of known issues of this release and the list of longstanding known issues.

  5. Test wildly!

If you find anything that is not working as it should, please report to us! Bonus points if you check that it is not a known issue of this release or a longstanding known issue.

What's new since 0.19?

  • New features
    • Linux 3.10.3-1.

  • Bugfixes
    • Prevent Iceweasel from displaying a warning when leaving HTTPS web sites.

    • Make Iceweasel use the correct, localized search engine.

    • Fix Git access to https:// repositories.

  • Minor improvements

    • Install Dasher, a predictive text entry tool.

    • Add a wrapper around TrueCrypt which displays a warning about it soon being deprecated in Tails.

    • Remove Pidgin libraries for all protocols but IRC and Jabber/XMPP. Many of the other protocols Pidgin support are broken in Tails and haven't got any security auditting.

    • Disable the pre-defined Pidgin accounts so they do not auto-connect on Pidgin start.

    • Include information about Alsa in WhisperBack reports.

    • Explicitly restrict access to ptrace. While this setting was enabled by default in Debian's Linux 3.9.6-1, it will later disabled in 3.9.7-1. It's unclear what will happen next, so let's explicitly enable it ourselves.

    • Do not display dialog when a message is sent in Claws Mail.

  • Localization

    • Many translation updates all over the place.

    • Merge all Tails-related POT files into one, and make use of intltoolize for better integration with Transifex.

Known issues in 0.20~rc1

  • The ISO image and signature were mistakenly named with "~rc1" (notice the tilde) instead of "-rc1", like before.
  • The French translation is broken to the point that it prevents some applications from starting (like the emergency shutdown applet).

All these issues are fixed in Git and will be fixed in Tails 0.20.