accessibility tools could be automatically removed / you probably should remove them

If you do not use any accessibility tools (gnome-orca, espeakup, console-braille, florence, dasher, kdeaccessibility, kvkbd, kmousetool, kmag, kmouth, jovie, xbrlapi, festival, qt-at-sp), you will not miss anything. (You would probably know if you are using them.)

Soon, there will be a Whonix stable upgrade. The package whonix-gateway-shared-packages-shared-meta will no longer depend on anon-shared-kde-accessibility. This means, when you run `sudo apt-get purge kdeaccessibility && sudo apt-get autoremove` after the upgrade, these accessibility packages will be automatically removed.

Non-Qubes-Whonix only: brltty should be removed, since it currently is causing a performance issue.

Otherwise if you just want to remove brltty, use `sudo apt-get purge brltty`. If you want to keep almost all or only not those you manually uninstalled, you can use `sudo aptitude keep-all`.

If you want these installed, you are still very much free to have them installed. Just install them the usual way.

This is because those have some issues.

Can these packages also be uninstalled before the Whonix stable upgrade? – Due to technical limitations, this is not that easy. However, it is documented here:
https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Debian_Packages

Non-Qubes-Whonix only: If you just want to stop the brltty syslog spam, you could use the following workaround to reliably stop it.

sudo systemctl stop brltty
sudo systemctl mask brltty

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Patrick Schleizer
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Patrick started developing Whonix, the Anonymous Operating System in 2012, when quickly others joined efforts. He collected experiences working pseudonymous on Whonix for two years, enjoys collaboratively working on privacy preserving software.

Patrick started developing Whonix, the Anonymous Operating System in 2012, when quickly others joined efforts. He collected experiences working pseudonymous on Whonix for two years, enjoys collaboratively working on privacy preserving software.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Upgraded anon-meta-packages version 3.4.2-1 (whonix-gateway-shared-packages-shared-meta) is now available from Whonix jessie-proposed-updates and testers repository.

  2. torjunkie says:

    Thanks. Working.

    I see the complementary updates for Whonix-WS lead to the complaint (ironically) in Whonixcheck:

    Outdated: Installed whonix-workstation-packages-dependencies 3.4.2-1 is outdated! You should update. You can automatically update using Whonix's internal updater. Please update using:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    There are no further updates to apply according to Konsole...

  3. Patrick says:

    Thanks. Fixed.

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