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Write release notes for 3.12 (#16397)

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[[!meta date="Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:34:56 +0000"]]
[[!meta title="Tails 3.12 is out"]]
[[!pagetemplate template="news.tmpl"]]
[[!tag announce]]
This release fixes [[many security
vulnerabilities|security/Numerous_security_holes_in_3.11]]. You should upgrade as soon as possible.
[[!toc levels=1]]
# Changes
## New features
### New installation methods
The biggest news for 3.12 is that we completely changed the installation
methods for Tails.
In short, instead of downloading an ISO image (a format originally
designed for CDs), you now download Tails as a **USB image**: an image
of the data as it needs to be written to the USB stick.
- [[For macOS|install/mac/usb-overview]], the new method is much simpler
as it uses a graphical tool
([*Etcher*]( instead of the command
- [[For Windows|install/win/usb-overview]], the new method is much
faster as it doesn't require 2 USB sticks and an intermediary Tails
anymore. The resulting USB stick also works better on newer computers
with UEFI.
- [[For Debian and Ubuntu|install/linux/usb-overview]], the new method
uses a native application (*GNOME Disks*) and you don't have to
install *Tails Installer* anymore.
- [[For other Linux distributions|install/linux/usb-overview]], the new
method is faster as it doesn't require 2 USB sticks and an
intermediary Tails anymore.
We are still providing ISO images for people using DVDs or virtual machines.
The methods for upgrading Tails remain the same.
## Upgrades and changes
- Starting Tails should be a bit faster on most machines.
([[!tails_ticket 15915]])
- Tell users to use <span class="command">sudo</span> when they try to
use <span class="command">su</span> on the command line.
### Included software
- Update Linux to 4.19. Update Intel and AMD microcodes and most
firmware packages. This should improve the support for newer hardware
(graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.).
- Remove *Liferea*, as announced in [[Tails 3.9|news/version_3.9]].
- Update *Tor Browser* to 8.0.5.
- Update *Thunderbird* to
## Fixed problems
- Fix the black screen when starting Tails with some Intel graphics
cards. ([[!tails_ticket 16224]])
For more details, read our [[!tails_gitweb debian/changelog desc="changelog"]].
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# Known issues
See also the list of [[long-standing issues|support/known_issues]].
### Tails fails to start a second time on some computers ([[!tails_ticket 16389]])
On some computers, after installing or upgrading a Tails USB stick,
Tails starts a first time but fails to start a second time. In some
cases, only BIOS (Legacy) was affected and the USB stick was not listed
in the Boot Menu.
We are still investigating the issue, so if it happens to you, please
report your findings by email to <>. Mention the
model of the computer and the USB stick. This mailing
list is [archived publicly](
To fix this issue, you can try the following workarounds:
- Test an experimental image
[Download the *.img* file from our development
You can install it using the same installation methods.
We don't provide any OpenPGP signature or other verification technique
for this test image. Please only use it for testing.
- Try to fix your USB stick
If you are comfortable with the command line and have access to
another Tails system, execute the following command:
<p class="pre command">sgdisk --recompute-chs /dev/bilibop</p>
Or from another Linux system, run the following command:
<p class="pre command">sgdisk --recompute-chs <span class="command-placeholder">device</span></p>
- <span class="command-placeholder">device</span> with the device
name of your USB stick. For example, <span class="command">/dev/sdx</span>.
# Get Tails 3.12
- To install, follow our [[installation instructions|install]].
- To upgrade, automatic upgrades are available from 3.10, 3.10.1, 3.11, and 3.12~rc1 to 3.12.
If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if Tails fails to start after an
automatic upgrade, please try to do a [[manual upgrade|upgrade]].
- Download Tails 3.12:
- [[For USB sticks (USB image)|install/download]]
- [[For DVDs and virtual machines (ISO image)|install/download-iso]]
# What's coming up?
Tails 3.13 is [[scheduled|contribute/calendar]] for March 19.
Have a look at our [[!tails_roadmap]] to see where we are heading to.
We need your help and there are many ways to [[contribute to
Tails|contribute]] (<a href="">donating</a> is only one of
them). Come [[talk to us|about/contact#tails-dev]]!
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