UPR 12.04r1 released

Written for Ubuntu Privacy Remix by Andreas Heinlein on 2014-05-07

The UPR Team has published the first stable release of Ubuntu Privacy Remix 12.04r1 (Codename Protected Pangolin). UPR is a live system to protect from spying and data theft. The new release will be presented at LinuxTag 2014 in Berlin (Talk at Thu, May 8th, 9:30pm).

UPR 12.04r1 is designed to boot on newer machines with UEFI + SecureBoot and supports lots of new hardware; but keeps running even on old machines by using the traditional and lightweight GNOME Classic desktop environment.

What is Ubuntu Privacy Remix?

The goal of Ubuntu Privacy Remix is to provide an isolated working environment where sensitive data can be dealt with safely. The system installed on the computer running UPR remains untouched, UPR is not intended for permanent installation on hard disk. Instead of that Ubuntu Privacy Remix runs from a modified Live-CD based on Ubuntu Linux. All user data reside exclusively on encrypted removable media.
UPR raises the „basic“ protection already offered by live systems with several measures. It is intended only for local offline work and offers no connection to the internet. Data meant to be transmitted over the internet can be encrypted with e.g. GnuPG while working with UPR. Internet connection can then be established by the locally installed system after working with UPR, so it does never get in contact with the unencrypted sensitive data.
Separation from all kinds of network connection, potentially infected local hard drives etc. is the price you pay for a high level of security. Therefore, UPR is designed as a supplement to the operating system the user currently uses, and is meant only to work with especially sensitive data.
All user data resides exclusively on encrypted removable media. So-called „extended TrueCrypt-Volumes“ can store not only user data but also user-specific configuration, PGP-keys etc. on TrueCrypt-encrypted storage media or container files. After opening such volumes, the users customized environment is available for use. This allows safe and productive work with an otherwise unchangeable live system.
UPR is mainly a tool to protect your data against unsolicited access by opponents which are prepared to go to great lengths.
Learn more about it at https://privacy-cd.org

New Features and Changes in UPR 12.04r1

* Updated base system to Ubuntu 12.04.4, using Kernel 3.8 and X.Org 7.7. Runs on nearly all modern hardware.
* Boots on UEFI machines, including Secure Boot
* Furthermore, other than included in Ubuntu 12.04, newer Versions of LibreOffice (4.2), Scribus (1.4.2) and GIMP (2.8)
* New software packages: Texmaker fronted for LaTeX, PiTiVi & Ariste for video editing, Inkscape vector graphics program
* Updated printer drivers
* Uses GNOME Classic for maximum compatibility with older hardware
* Bug fixes and minor new features in the frontends for TrueCrypt and GnuPG
* New security feature: RAM wiping at shutdown - prevents so-called "Cold Boot Attacks"

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