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Tails 0.16 released = January 12, 2013

Tails is a live DVD or live USB that aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to:

use the Internet anonymously almost anywhere you go and on any computer:
all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
leave no trace on the computer you're using unless you ask it explicitly;
use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, email and instant messaging.


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tails (0.16) unstable; urgency=low

* Minor improvements
- Replace the too-easy-to-misclick shutdown button with a better
"Shutdown Helper" Gnome applet.
- Display ~/Persistent in GNOME Places and GtkFileChooser if it is mounted.
- Set Unsafe Browser's window title to "Unsafe Browser".
- Install ekeyd to support the EntropyKey.
- Install font for Sinhala.
- Update Poedit to 1.5.4.
- Kill Vidalia when restarting Tor.
Doing this as early as possible exposes Vidalia's "broken onion" icon
to users less.
- Hide the persistence setup launchers in kiosk mode.
- Add a shell library for Tor functions.
These are shared among multiple of our scripts.
- Install dictionaries for supported languages.
Install hunspell dictionaries when possible,
fall back on myspell ones else.

* Bugfixes
- Disable IPv6 on all network interfaces.
This is a workaround for the IPv6 link-local multicast leak that was recently
discovered. Tails has no local service that listens on IPv6, so there should be
no regression, hopefully, unless one wants to play with OnionCat and VoIP,
but those of us should know how to workaround this anyway.
- live-persist: Fix variable mismatch, fixing probe white-list.
Tails may previously have been able to list GPT partitions labelled
"TailsData" on hard drives (!) as valid persistence volumes...
- live-persist: Fix --media option when no devices are attached.
Earlier, if it was set to e.g. 'removable-usb' and no USB storage was
connected, $whitelistdev would be empty, which is interpreted like
all devices are ok by the rest of the code.
- Fix SCIM in the autostarted web browser: save IM environment variables
to a file during Desktop session startup, and export them into the
autostarted browser's environment.
- Talk of DVD, not of CD, in the shutdown messages.
- Make tordate work in bridge mode with an incorrect clock.
When using a bridge Tor reports TLS cert lifetime errors (e.g. when
the system clock is way off) with severity "info", but when no bridge
is used the severity is "warn". tordate/20-time.sh depends on grepping
these error messages, so we termporarily increase Tor's logging
severity when using bridge mode. If we don't do this tordate will
sleep forever, leaving Tor in a non-working state.
· White-list root to use Tor's ControlPort.
· Add logging for is_clock_way_off().
· Remove Tor's log before time syncing.
We depend on grepping stuff from the Tor log (especially for
tordate/20-time.sh), so deleting it seems like a Good Thing(TM).
· Stop Tor before messing with its log or data dir.
- live-persist: limit searched devices the same way as live-boot.
If no --media argument is specified, use live-boot's
"(live-media|bootfrom)=removable(|-usb)" argument to limit devices
searched for a persistent volume.
- tails-greeter: do not pass media=removable to live-persist.
Now that we have autodetection with kernel command-line,
it should not be needed anymore.
- Start memlockd after configuring it,
instead of starting it before and restarting it after.
This avoids running memlockd twice, and prevents other possibly
surprising race-conditions.
As a consequence, also have tails-sdmem-on-media-removal start after the
memlockd service *and* tails-reconfigure-memlockd: to start the watchdog,
we need memlockd to be properly configured *and* running.

* iceweasel
- Set iceweasel homepage to the news section on the Tails website.
... using the localized one when possible.
- Hide the iceweasel add-on bar by default.
Now that we don't want to ship the Monkeysphere addon anymore,
that was the only one displayed in there, we can as well hide the whole bar.
- Don't hide the AdBlock-Plus button in the add-on bar anymore. Now that
we hide the whole addon bar, we can get rid of this old
UX improvement.
- Do not install a placeholder (fake) FireGPG iceweasel extension anymore.
It was shipped from 0.10 (early 2012) to 0.15 (late November),
so the migration period should be over now.
- Don't install xul-ext-monkeysphere anymore.
The implication of the current keyserver policy are not well
understood, Monkeysphere is little used in Tails, and we're not sure
anymore it would be our first bet for the web browser profile with no
CA. Let's keep the various configuration bits (e.g. FoxyProxy,
patching MSVA), though, so that advanced users who are used to have
Monkeysphere in Tails just have to install the package.

* Build system
- Install the "standard" task with tasksel for better consistency in the
Tails ISO images built in various environments.
- Install p7zip-full. It's a dep by file-roller, but we explicily use it
elsewhere, and it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Remove pinning of libvpx0 to sid.
This package is part of Squeeze, and not from testing/sid.
We have been shipping the version from Squeeze for a while.
- Remove config/chroot_local-packages/ from .gitignore.
The documented way for "external" contributors to add custom packages
is to put them in chroot_local-packages, and once we pull we import
any such package into our APT repo and rewrite the
history appropriately.
Also, the ability to add packages in there and not see them in "git
status" makes it very easy to build tainted ISO images with
non-standard packages, which makes some of us fear can lead to hard to
debug situations.
- Make it clearer what can and cannot be done in terms of local packages.

-- Tails developers Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:47:42 +0100


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