October Tailscale newsletter

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It’s been another productive month for the team here at Tailscale. We’ve got a slew of amazing community contributions, including a powershell based updater for Windows by Nick Clark and a video tutorial by Sauber-Lab UK on installing Tailscale on Home Assistant. Let’s jump in:

From the community

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From Tailscale

What we’ve been working on

Tailscale 1.16

Tailscale 1.16 arrived earlier this month and is available on all clients (see our update instructions).

Improved container support

This release brings container support, updates to HTTP and SOCKS5 proxy support, as well as mobile battery life improvements. The expiration of the original Let’s Encrypt certificate in September caused difficulty for a number of operating systems, so Tailscale now includes the current certificate built-in."

We focused a lot of our time this cycle on making Tailscale work better with containers. This release adds support for storing node state as a Kubernetes secret, which means containers no longer need to have separate persistent storage configured in order to save their state, and can instead store it within the Kubernetes infrastructure.

tailscaled in userspace-networking mode can now run an HTTP proxy server in addition to the prior SOCKS5 proxy server support. We continue to work to improve battery performance on mobile devices. Of interest to users with older Android devices, Taildrop is now backward compatible with more Android versions. Even Android 6 can share files quickly and securely with Taildrop.

Suspend and Restore User

You can now suspend and restore users in your network. Suspend a user to prevent them from using Tailscale without permanently deleting their devices. Read how in our docs.

Device Authorization and Key Expiry

You can now manage device authorization and key expiry in the admin console.

IPv4-only Peers and Ephemeral Nodes

If you previously used ephemeral nodes and ran into problems accessing IPv4 addresses from your ephemeral node, good news: Ephemeral nodes, like regular nodes, now get both an IPv4 and IPv6 address.

Tailscale x Kubernetes Office Hours

We hosted our first virtual Office Hours event this month. It was really nice to connect with our community and answer questions directly around Kubernetes. If you missed this one and want to get on our mailing list for future Office Hours, sign up.

We’re Hiring!

We are always on the lookout for great people.

One of the roles we’re hiring for is SIGSUP, a technical support role where being an enthusiastic Tailscale user knowledgeable about the product goes a long way.

If you think you’d be a good fit take a look at our open positions on our careers page.

More Documentation

It’s also worth highlighting the work that has gone into documentation this month. Here are a handful of new Knowledge Base articles focused on the cloud:

Phew! That’s all for now — stay well!

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