[Tails-project] Tails report for August 2020
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Tails 4.10 was released on August 25 . *
Update Linux to 5.7.10. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.). *
Hide the welcome message when starting Thunderbird. *
Fix support for USB Wi-Fi adapters with Atheros AR9271 hardware. (#17834 ) *
Added support for older TREZOR firmware (!142 ). *
Started working on the upgrade to Thunderbird 78 ESR, and in particular its new OpenPGP support (#17148 ). *
Automated generation of our Changelog (#17886 ). *
Automated generation of the security advisory boilerplate from a template that technical writers can improve (!128 ). *
Hidden broken "Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot" feature in GNOME Wi-Fi settings (#17887 ). *
Fixed sorting Intel GPUs last in the "Error starting GDM" message (#17903 ). *
It's still the default for Linux . *
Wrote dedicated pages for starting Tails on PC  and Mac . *
We simplified and made consistent the troubleshooting instructions  in all installation scenarios. *
We believe that all these changes will lower your workload and make more people start Tails at the same time. *
Rephrased our FAQ about VPN . (#15783 ) *
Wrote an FAQ about 32-bit computers . (#17866 ) *
Fixed all outdated links to torproject.org. (#17717 ) *
Our users find Tails relatively easy to use compared to an industry average. *
Linux users are still the biggest share of the respondents and this hasn't changed much since 2017. *
Do nothing because Tails is great already :) *
More persistent settings: security level in Tor Browser, background, keyboard, and language *
Messaging applications and voice calls *
Make Tor less painful for web browsing *
OpenPGP is much more popular outside Thunderbird: 49% vs. 16%. *
Enigmail users are more technical than OpenPGP users overall. *
Electrum (28%) is more used than Thunderbird (27%), which is more used than XMPP (17%). *
Apple in general does not prioritize collaborating with Free Software projects, and their newest hardware is usually very hard for Free Software developers to get working with Linux, and thus Tails. In comparison, hardware for PC tends to be more open and get support for Linux faster. Please take that into consideration if you are buying hardware to run Tails. *
The last release also saw some users with graphics cards issues. Please read the page shown on the error message  before mailing us, because there might be a solution for your graphics card. *
Set up infrastructure that will allow Release Managers to upload to git-annex faster (tails/sysadmin/-/issues/17687 ). *
Started coordination for requiring Buster or newer for running our test suite (#17842 ). *
Started upgrading our Jenkins "isotester" workers to Buster. *
Our grant to Reset  from May 1 was rejected. *
We're doing good! Negative comments were few exceptions in a mass of love: the work that we do is very important and we do it well. *
* The main reason for lapsed donors not to renew their donation is lack of awareness. * We should write a newsletter to donors half-way through the year or when we have major improvements. * Adding an opt-in mechanism for our newsletter would allow us to be less shy to write them. * LimeSurvey is more convenient to send mass emails to donors. * We should communicate more about the impact of donations and how we spend the money.
Donors are mostly users (74%) but they are really into helping others (70%). *
* Privacy (24) * Protection from oppressive governments and persecution (18) * Liberty and freedom of speech (16)
* We wrote new slogans. * We improved the text on the left.
* We simplified the chart and added short text to explain each of maintenance, improvements, user experience, and administration. * We added a section about our impact with numbers of daily users.
* We duplicated the recommendations from the Home page. * We improved the color scheme of the charts.
* We added Freiheitsfoo as partner .
* Exporting secret PGP key in SeaHorse: Link to the thread . * GitLab MR terminology update: WIP→ Draft : Link to the thread . * Reviewers: Link to the thread .
* de: 29% (1921) strings translated, 14% strings fuzzy * es: 49% (3241) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy * fa: 21% (1401) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy * fr: 80% (5231) strings translated, 8% strings fuzzy * it: 27% (1805) strings translated, 10% strings fuzzy * pt: 19% (1289) strings translated, 9% strings fuzzy
* de: 47% (992) strings translated, 23% strings fuzzy * es: 83% (1744) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy * fa: 20% (422) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy * fr: 79% (1651) strings translated, 12% strings fuzzy * it: 48% (1010) strings translated, 21% strings fuzzy * pt: 38% (803) strings translated, 15% strings fuzzy
* ar: 8% (172) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy * ca: 8% (185) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy * id: 8% (189) strings translated, 4% strings fuzzy * pl: 9% (214) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy * ru: 10% (230) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy * sr_Latn: 7% (164) strings translated, 3% strings fuzzy * tr: 9% (216) strings translated, 6% strings fuzzy * zh: 12% (272) strings translated, 7% strings fuzzy * zh_TW: 23% (505) strings translated, 13% strings fuzzy
* Tails has been started more than 939 540 times this month. This makes 30 308 boots a day on average.
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