Whonix 6 Release Candidate

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This will probably become the next version of Whonix.

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* Tor 0.2.4

* obfs3 installed by default

* higher console resolution 1024×768 (without X)

* The current Tor Browser Bundle (TBB) Alpha, which will soon become the new TBB stable, will work out of the box in Whonix, even if you download and install it manually from torproject.org. This is useful for the case, that the Whonix Tor Browser updater breaks again, because torproject.org changed something. Tor over Tor will be prevented.

* Graphical Whonix-Gateway. Optional. If you reduce Whonix-Gateway RAM below 500 MB (this and every other aspect of this feature can be configured), lets say to 128 MB, you automagically end up with the usual non-graphical Whonix-Gateway.

* Whonix has now an updater. I can not promise, that you never have to download a new image, when next stable version of Whonix gets released, but we are on that way. Interested testers may have to download a new (test-)image from time to time, since we also need to test the out of the box user experience.

* First Time Connection Wizard: Whonix now comes with Tor disabled by default and you have to run the Whonix First Time Connection Wizard, called whonixsetup. You will get a notice, to do so. This is useful for users who never want to connect to the public Tor network, because they want to hide the fact, that they are using Tor. This kind of users can now more easily set up (private) (obfuscated) bridges before ever trying to connect to the Tor network.

* Fixed uwt. To do certain tasks such as installing the Adobe Flash plugin or running update-command-not-found you no longer need to “chmod -x /usr/local/bin/curl”.

* Manpages for scripts, which come with Whonix.

* /etc/whonix.d/ and /etc/whonix_firewall.d/ .d style configuration folders.

* Deactivate the kgpg tray icon by default (#10), not perfect, but less confusing, since it will now hopefully start in foreground

* Boot Clock Randomization

* Time Sanity Check

* torbrowser: Downloading Tor Browser and signature from
http://idnxcnkne4qt76tg.onion/dist/torbrowser/linux instead from https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser for better security when run inside Whonix. (Not sure if we can keep this, due to upstream weaknesses with hidden services scaling.)

* optional Time Privacy wrapper

* enable “apparmor=1 security=apparmor” by default (but didn’t enable enforce mode or added any useful profiles)

* moved blog to wordpress.com, better than sourceforge, because wordpress.com supports SSL, closed #23


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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