[amnesia-news] Tails 0.10 is out

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Wed Jan 4 01:23:45 CET 2012

The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 0.10, is out.

All users must upgrade as soon as possible.

# Changes

Notable user-visible changes include:

  * Tor: upgrade to

  * Iceweasel

    * Install Iceweasel 9.0 from the Debian Mozilla team's APT repository.
    * Update Torbutton to
    * Support viewing any YouTube video that is available in HTML5 format.
    * Use Scroogle (any languages) instead of Scroogle (English only) when booted in English. Many users choose English because their own language is not supported yet; let's not hide them search results in their own language.
    * Install the NoScript Firefox extension; configure it the same way as the TBB does.
    * Disable third-party cookies. They can be used to track users, which is bad. Besides, this is what TBB has been doing for years.

  * Do not transparently proxy outgoing Internet connections through Tor. Instead drop all non-Torified Internet traffic. Hence applications has to be explicitly configured to use Tor in order to reach the Internet from now on.

  * Software

    * Upgrade Vidalia to 0.2.15-1+tails1. This version will not warn about new Tor versions (this is handled by Tails security check instead).
    * Upgrade MAT to 0.2.2-1~bpo60+1.
    * Upgrade VirtualBox guest software to 4.1.6-dfsg-2~bpo60+1, built against the ABI of X.Org backports.
    * Upgrade I2P to 0.8.11; the start script (which was broken in Tails 0.9) is now fixed.
    * Install unar (The Unarchiver) instead of the non-free unrar.
    * [Install Nautilus Wipe][1] instead of custom Nautilus scripts.

  * Hardware support

    * Upgrade Linux kernel to 3.1.6-1.
    * Upgrade to X.Org from squeeze-backports.
    * Install more, and more recent b43 firmwares.
    * Upgrade barry to 0.15-1.2~bpo60+1.

  * Internationalization

    * Add basic language support for Russian, Farsi and Vietnamese.
    * Install some Indic fonts.
    * Install some Russian fonts.
    * Add Alt+Shift shortcut to switch keyboard layout.

  * Miscellaneous

    * Support booting in "[Windows XP-like camouflage mode][2]".
    * Do not fetch APT translation files. Running apt-get update is heavy enough.
    * Add MSN support thanks to msn-pecan.
    * Add custom SSH client configuration: 

      * Prefer strong ciphers and MACs.
      * Enable maximum compression level.
      * Explicitly disable X11 forwarding.
      * Connect as root by default, to prevent fingerprinting when username was not specified.

    * Replace flawed FireGPG with a home-made GnuPG encryption applet; install a feature-stripped FireGPG that redirects users to [the documentation][3], and don't run Seahorse applet anymore.
    * Blank screen when lid is closed, rather than shutting down the system. The shutdown "feature" has caused data losses for too many people, it seems. There are many other ways a Tails system can be shut down in a hurry these days.
    * Fix bug in the Pidgin nick generation that resulted in the nick "XXX_NICK_XXX" once out of twenty.
    * Pre-configure the #tor IRC discussion channel in Pidgin.
    * Reintroduce the htpdate notification, telling users when it's safe to use Tor Hidden Services.
    * Various htpdate improvements.

Plus the usual bunch of minor bug reports and improvements.

See the [online Changelog][4] for technical details.

# I want to try it / to upgrade!

See the [Getting started][5] page.

# Known issue

The memory erasure on Tails shutdown cannot guarantee that all memory in the 2 GB to 4 GB region is wiped. The improvements made in Tails 0.10 should at least make the situation better than previously.

# A glimpse towards the future

Were do we go from here? Have a look to our [roadmap][6] to see where we are heading to.

Would you want to help? As explained in our ["how to contribute" documentation][7], here are many ways **you** can contribute to Tails: no need to be a hardcore developer.

   [1]: https://tails.boum.org/news/../doc/encryption_and_privacy/secure_deletion/index.en.html
   [2]: https://tails.boum.org/news/../doc/first_steps/windows_theme/index.en.html
   [3]: https://tails.boum.org/news/../doc/encryption_and_privacy/FireGPG_susceptible_to_devastating_attacks/index.en.html
   [4]: http://git.immerda.ch/?p=amnesia.git;a=blob_plain;f=debian/changelog;hb=refs/tags/0.10
   [5]: https://tails.boum.org/news/../getting_started/index.en.html
   [6]: https://tails.boum.org/news/../contribute/roadmap/
   [7]: https://tails.boum.org/news/../contribute/index.en.html

URL: https://tails.boum.org/news/version_0.10/

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