[Whonix-devel] Whonix Connection Wizard / Bridge Wizard / Tor Launcher Clone

troubadour trobador at riseup.net
Thu Dec 10 22:54:53 CET 2015


I'm reading the discussion started in
https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ux/2015-December/000002.html. Its
quite interesting, but I have no time to participate at he moment.

A short status of the development in Whonix.

- the bridges options (obfs3, obfs4 and scramblesuit only for the time
being) are implemented.

- a progress bar shows the bootstrap percent and the bootstrap phase is
displayed. The process can be interrupted by the user at any time.

- the proxy UI (Tor Launcher like) is ready, but not the code to set up
a proxy. After reading some of the comments and watching videos from the
participants in
https://github.com/lindanlee/circumvention-ux-tor/tree/master/sessions/pre/videos,
that might evolve.

- probably Whonix specific (we are only updating torrc and restarting
Tor in the gateway, no Tor browser), Tor can be disabled.

I have added some screenshots in the Whonix blog.

A notable difference with Tor Launcher. When going back to the first
page of the wizard or when restarting it, the previous configuration is
forgotten. If the user press "Connect", it will really connect to the
network without bridge and/or proxy.

Of course there could be a lot of usability-foolproof improvements, and
I believe that Patrick, like myself is open to discussion. Most of it
could take place at 32c3.


sajolida:
> Whonix | Privacy and Anonymity OS:
>> troubadour is working on a graphical Whonix Connection Wizard. It will be a tor-launcher clone. It can be used to express if you like to connect to the public Tor network or using Tor bridges.
>>
>> Here are some early screenshots.
> 
> Nice! As this is my first email on this list, I'll introduce myself:
> I'm sajolida, I'm working for Tails on technical writing and UX.
> 
>> Ticket:
>> https://phabricator.whonix.org/T90
> 
> Are you following the UX process that Tor started on Tor Launcher? See:
> 
> https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/ux/2015-December/000002.html
> 
> and the design work that we started on the connection process in Tails? See:
> 
> https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/network_connection/
> 
> I'd be really interested in sharing thoughts and efforts on all this, so
> if you think that Whonix has shared objectives with either Tor and Tails
> on all this, let's get together and talk about it!
> 
> Maybe we can chat about this at 32C3. I'm also thinking about submitting
> a session at the IFF [1] about this. So we should see who's interested
> in what. The deadline for submission at IFF is December 15 :)
> 
> In the context of Tails, our design effort should be carefully
> coordinated with other technical aspects that are specific to us
> (persistent Tor start, persistent Tor configuration, time
> synchronization, etc.) so I'm sure how much of our stuff would apply to
> Whonix for example. The redesign of Tor Launcher would apply more
> directly maybe.
> 
> [1]: https://internetfreedomfestival.org/
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