You can help Tails! The first release candidate for the upcoming version 1.1 is out. Please test it and see if it works for you.

How to test Tails 1.1~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 1.1~rc1 ISO image

    Tails 1.1~rc1 signature

    Note that there is no automatic upgrade targetting this release!

  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 first check if it is a known issue of this release or a longstanding known issue.

What's new since 1.1~beta1?

Notable changes since Tails 1.1~beta1 include:

  • Security fixes

    • Don't allow the desktop user to pass arguments to tails-upgrade-frontend (#7410).
    • Make persistent file permissions safer (#7443).
    • Set strict permissions on /home/amnesia (#7463).
    • Disable FoxyProxy's proxy:// protocol handler (#7479).
  • Bug fixes

    • Use pinentry as the GnuPG agent, as we do on Squeeze (#7330). This is needed to support OpenPGP smartcards.
    • Cleanup some packages that were installed by mistake.
    • Fix emergency shutdown when removing the boot device before login (#7333).
    • Resume support of persistent volumes created with Tails 1.0.1 and earlier (#7343).
    • Revert back to browsing the offline documentation using Iceweasel instead of Yelp (#7390, #7285).
    • Automatically transition NetworkManager persistence setting when upgrading from Squeeze to Wheezy (#7338). Note: the data is not migrated.
    • Fix the Unsafe Web Browser startup in Windows camouflage mode (#7329).
    • Make it possible to close error messages displayed by the persistent volume assistant (#7119).
    • Fix some file associations, with a backport of shared-mime-info 1.3 (#7079).
  • Minor improvements

    • Various improvements to the Windows 8 camouflage.
    • Fix "Upgrade from ISO" functionality when run from a Tails system that ships a different version of syslinux than the one in the ISO (#7345).
    • Ensure that the MBR matches the syslinux version used by the Tails release it is supposed to boot.
    • Help Universal USB Installer support Tails again, by include syslinux.exe for Windows in the ISO filesystem (#7425).
    • Improve the Tails Installer user interface a bit.
    • Enable double-clicking to pick entries in the language or keyboard layout lists in Tails Greeter.

See the online Changelog for technical details.

Known issues in 1.1~rc1

  • Upgrading from ISO, from Tails 1.1~beta1, Tails 1.0.1 or earlier, is a bit more complicated than usual. Either follow the instructions to upgrade from ISO. Or, burn a DVD, start Tails from it, and use "Clone and Upgrade".

  • A persistent volume created with Tails 1.1~beta1 cannot be used with Tails 1.1~rc1 or later. Worse, trying this may freeze Tails Greeter.

  • Does not start in some virtualization environments, such as QEMU 0.11.1 and VirtualBox 4.2. This can be corrected by upgrading to QEMU 1.0 or VirtualBox 4.3, or newer (#7232).

  • The web browser's JavaScript performance may be severely degraded (#7127). Please let us know if you are experiencing this to a level where it is problematic.

How to upgrade from ISO?

These steps allow you to upgrade a device installed with Tails Installer from Tails 1.0.1, Tails 1.1~beta1 or earlier, to Tails 1.1~rc1.

  1. Start Tails from another DVD, USB stick, or SD card, than the device that you want to upgrade.

  2. Set an administration password.

  3. Run this command in a Root Terminal to install the latest version of Tails Installer:

    echo "deb 1.1-rc1 main" \
        > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tails-upgrade.list && \
        apt-get update && \
        apt-get install liveusb-creator
  4. Follow the usual instructions to upgrade from ISO, but the first step.