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Debian: Sparky 2019.12 is Released and Tails Plans for 2020

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  • Sparky 2019.12

    There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.12 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

    Goals:
    • system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of December 1, 2019
    • Calamares installer 3.2.17
    • Linux kernel 5.3.9 as default (5.4.1 & 5.3.14 in Sparky unstable repos)

    No reinstallation is required if you have Sparky 2019.xx (of the line 6) installed, simply make full system upgrade.

  • Tails Anonymous OS Promises Secure Boot Support and More Robust Upgrades in 2020

    The Tails project, which develops the Debian-based Tails amnesic incognito live operating system, has announced today some of their major plans for 2020 to improve the anonymous OS used by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to stay hidden online.

    In 2020, the Tails project plans to release numerous updates to its Tails anonymous OS, some of which will be major ones implementing big new features like support for Secure Boot to offer better compatibility with more hardware components, thus making it easier to start Tails on PCs and Macs.

    While Secure Boot support is planned for July 2020, when the Tails 4.9 release should hit the streets, the project also aims to deal with the manual upgrades as soon as January 2020. These manual upgrades have been bugging users for a long time now, but Tails wants to make the upgrade process less painful, lighter and more robust.

  • Our plans for 2020

    On October 7, we launched our donation campaign by explaining why supporting Tails is more important than ever. On October 31, we summarized what we did in 2019 to make Tails easier to adopt by new users. Today we pass on to you our plans for 2020.

    But first, we are pleased that the donation campaign has been pretty successful so far. We received around 50 000 € already, which is 69% more than last year. Still, these good results are due to some large donations and fewer people have been donating so far, 16% less than in 2018. We hope that after reading this post many of you will consider donating to Tails.

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