Unmaintained Notice! – Whonix inside KVM – Looking for contributor!

Since previous Whonix in KVM maintainer HulaHoop was last active on January 04, 2015, it’s safe to assume this person got lost. No idea why HulaHoop went inactive. There was no notice of departure, argument or whatsoever. I would like to thank HulaHoop for its work on support for running Whonix inside KVM. As of Whonix 9, the status was “testers-only” and would likely have changed to “stable” in Whonix 10. So most integration work is already done. A new contributor would be welcome to take over from there.

What does this mean for you as a user? No one from the Whonix team will keep KVM in mind. Any eventually upcoming security issues with KVM with respect to Whonix would go unnoticed. Questions in Whonix KVM sub forum will likely not be answered by anyone from the Whonix team. You are encouraged to move on to still supported platforms. The KVM wiki page has been updated accordingly to reflect this information.

Unfortunately, due to work generated by blessing a platform as supported, the current Whonix team cannot takeover HulaHoop’s task. A dedicated maintainer is required for that platform. This is partly because KVM is too support intensive. There are too many KVM’s installation issues from various distribution package sources. KVM’s non-helpful, cryptic error messages if the xml files are using a feature, that is is not available by the platform and because one ought to look over KVM changelogs and to think though if/how those affect Whonix.

Posted in Important, KVM

Whonix Setup Wizard Feedback Required!

troubadour has created Whonix Setup Wizard, that will replace the terminal whonixsetup when running a graphical Whonix-Gateway or Whonix-Workstation. We need your feedback on whether our approach seems usable. Please leave feedback in the forums. Link to forum discussion:
https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,974

Please keep discussion limited to usability and move technical discussion to the technical thread.

Have a look at the following screenshots.
Click to enlarge the screenshots.

At first boot, before starting KDE (if using KDE), “whonix-setup-wizard locale_settings” will be started. You will only see this little window and the rest will be black, because at this time no desktop is load yet. Mouse and keyboard will be available.

Language Selection 1
whonix-setup-wizard xinit 1
You can imagine a bit better how it would look like in the following screenshots.

Language selection. (Same menu as in KDE system settings.)
whonix-setup-wizard xinit 2

Keyboard layout selection. (Same menu as in KDE system settings.)

whonix-setup-wizard xinit 3
Language Selection End
whonix-setup-wizard xinit 4
After a desktop environment has been start, “whonix-setup-wizard setup” will be automatically started. It begins with the disclaimer.

Disclaimer Page 1/2

Disclaimer 2/2

Then goes on the the connection wizard.

Connection Wizard Page 1

Connection Wizard Page 1 Tooltip

Connection Wizard page 2
whonix-setup-wizard connection wizard 2
Connection Wizard End
whonix-setup-wizard connection wizard 3
On first boot, it will also additionally start “whonix-setup-wizard repository”.
whonix-setup-wizard connection wizard first boot
Whonix Repository Wizard Page 1
whonix-setup-wizard repository wizard 1
Whonix Repository Wizard Page 2
whonix-setup-wizard repository wizard 2

Whonix Repository Wizard Page End

whonix-setup-wizard repository wizard 3

Please leave feedback! Link to forum discussion:
https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,974

Please keep discussion limited to usability and move technical discussion to the technical thread.

Other links:
whonix-setup-wizard open tasks
whonix-setup-wizard technical development discussion

Posted in Development

Contribute! Whonix Development Help Wanted! Check out the open Tasks on our new Issue Tracker!

Migration to our new phabricator bug tracker finished. Thanks to Jason Ayala who did most of the migration work!

Whonix Development Help Wanted!

Check out the list of all open issues (feature requests and bugs) that we would like seeing implemented:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/maniphest/query/all/

Or if you want to help working towards the release of Whonix 10, check out the issues we want to solve before Whonix 10:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/whonix_10/

Do you speak python? Check out our tasks with the python label:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/python/

Do you speak bash? Whonix’s build script is written in bash and so are most scripts developed by Whonix. Check out our tasks with the bash label:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/bash/

Do you speak C? Mostly missing features in other upstream projects. Check out our tasks with the C code label:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/c_code/

Can you write AppArmor profiles? Check out our AppArmor tasks:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/apparmor/

Interested in Whonix Qubes? Check out the Qubes tag:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/qubes/

Interested in Whonix KVM? Check out the KVM tag:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/kvm/

Interested in Legal Issues? Check out the legal issues tag:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/legal_issue/

Want to see systemd support? Check out the systemd tag:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/systemd/

Interested in security hardening? Check out the security tag:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/project/view/23/

Want to improve user documentation? Check out the user documentation tag:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/user_documentation/

Want to backdoor resistance? Check out Verifiable Builds:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/tag/verifiable_builds/

The full list of tags can be found here:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/project/

Too technical? Still not busy? Check out our Contribute wiki page:
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Contribute

Please contribute!

Why did we move to our self-hosted phabricator web app? Our Github issue tracker didn’t scale for Whonix since it’s a project at the size of a GNU/Linux distribution. Github doesn’t support roadmaps referencing tickets that are in different repositories/projects. Neither adding tickets to more than one roadmap is supported. And adding all tickets to one bug tracker rendered that tracker too crowded and therefore unusable. We’ve discussed this and agreed to move to use phabricator.

Old Github Issue Tracker:
https://github.com/Whonix/Whonix/issues

New Phabricator Issue Tracker:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/maniphest/query/all/

If you are interested to get e-mail notification about any new issue that is created so you can jump into the discussion, see this wiki link:
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Dev/Bug_Tracker#Get_E-Mail_Notification_for_all_New_Maniphest_Tasks

For any questions about the new bug tracker, please ask in the forums:
https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,867

Posted in Contribute

Suggest Trustworthy Tor Hidden Services as Time Sources for sdwdate

TLDR:

What web servers do you consider trustworthy, to take great care of their visitors’ privacy, that are stable and that get great amounts of traffic, and most important, are reachable over .onion as a Tor Hidden Service?

Ideally, we need to have around ~50 servers.

Post in the comments below or in the forums:
https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,943

Long:

In Whonix 10, we want to avoid SSL by using Tor Hidden Services as a time source for sdwdate.

The purpose of this blog post is to ask Whonix users, to suggest suitable web servers.

What web servers do you consider trustworthy, to take great care of their visitors’ privacy, that are stable and that get great amounts of traffic, and most important, are reachable over .onion as a Tor Hidden Service?

(The whole discussion about network time synchronization in anonymity centric distributions is off topic in this thread, but can be found here [link] and you could open separate threads to discuss other aspects.) (Déjà vu?)

Post in the comments below or in the forums:
https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,943

Posted in Development

Bug: Tor Browser Alpha rather than Tor Browser Stable being installed by Tor Browser Updater (AnonDist)

The version file format was changed, and there is no stable version version format.

If you want to use the stable version of Tor Browser, you have to use these instructions in meanwhile:
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Manually_Updating_Tor_Browser

Forum Discussion:
https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php?topic=939

Whonix Issue Tracker:
https://phabricator.whonix.org/T130

Posted in Important

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Would you like to contribute to the Whonix project?

Contributing can be as easy as sharing the blog over social media, volunteering, or making a monetary donation.

For more ideas on how to get involved see the "Contribute" and "Testers-Wanted" categories.

Thanks!

- Whonix Staff