Tails report for January 2022 <Tails - Tails report for January 2022>
Tails 4.26 was released on January 11 <Tails - Tails 4.26 is out>.
Among other changes, it added a shortcut to open the /Tor Connection/ assistant when starting /Tor Browser/ if Tails is not connected to the Tor network yet.
We fixed all the low-hanging fruits among the issues identified in December during usability tests of first-time use <Tails - Tails report for December 2021>:
* #18764 <"Start in macOS" is confusing when obvious (#18764) · Issues · tails / tails · GitLab>:
"Start in macOS" is confusing when obvious
* #18765 <QR code in steps is unclear (#18765) · Issues · tails / tails · GitLab>:
QR code in steps is unclear
* #18771 <Add screenshot of Plymouth to installation steps (#18771) · Issues · tails / tails · GitLab>:
Add screenshot of Plymouth to installation steps
* #18773 <Update time estimates in overview (#18773) · Issues · tails / tails · GitLab>:
Update time estimates in overview
After which we started a bigger project to restructure our installation pages. Stay tuned!
Connecting to Tor
Polishing the user experience of connecting to Tor from Tails is one of our top priorities for 2021-2023. We are continuously designing and implementing improvements in this area. Here's the January 2021 edition
We noticed a while ago, thanks to usability tests, that users not accustomed to the GNOME desktop have difficulties connecting to Wi-Fi. So we made this more discoverable last year, by making Wi-Fi settings reachable from /Tor Connection/. Unfortunately, while our initial implementation looked OK in a simplified test environment, it turns out it was not working in real user scenarios, so we fixed it (#18587 <Fix Wi-Fi settings when open from Tor Connection (#18587) · Issues · tails / tails · GitLab>).
Tails has been started more than 773 496 times this month. This makes 24 951 boots a day on average.
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