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It is absolutely crucial to subscribe to and read the latest Whonix ™ news category 'important-news' to stay in touch with ongoing developments. This way users benefit from notifications concerning important security advisories, potential upgrade issues and improved releases which address identified issues, like those affecting the updater or other core elements.

Whonix ™ News[edit]

For user convenience, there are multiple avenues for receiving news. Choose the most suitable option below.

  1. Whonix ™ Important News Forum Tag [archive] (v3 onion [archive]) Whonix Important News Forum Tag Rss - Only critical information is reported. This includes security advisories specific to Whonix ™ and new stable Whonix ™ versions. It is best suited for people with very limited time and interest in Whonix ™ development and news.
  2. Whonix ™ News Forums [archive] (v3 onion [archive]) Whonix ™ News Forums rss - This includes everything including important news and has a relaxed posting policy. Testers-only and developers Whonix ™ versions are announced here, along with the publishing of news about updated articles, new features, future features, development, calls for testing, general project ideas and so on.
  3. Iconfinder Apple Mail 2697658.png Whonix ™ Newsletter [archive] - Has not been used yet. Will be used very infrequently for major news only.
  4. 1024px-Telegram 2019 Logo.svg.png Whonix ™ Telegram News Channel: Whonix ™ website whonix.org server status updates.
  5. Other choices. [1]

If time-constrained, users should at least read the Whonix ™ Important News Forum Tag. Follow the Whonix ™ News Forums if detailed anonymity / privacy / security-related issues are of interest, or to follow recent Whonix ™ developments.

Reason[edit]

In the future it could be in theory happen that users need to be notified "critical security vulnerability in APT being actively exploited by Tor exit relays against random users. Stop using APT until there is a solution." Therefore a solid mechanism to notify as many users as possible is required.

Debian Security Announcements[edit]

Since Whonix ™ is based on Debian, users should consider subscribing to the Debian security announcement mailing list [archive] to stay informed about the latest security advisories. See also chapter Debian Security Announcements.

Operating System Updates[edit]

As strongly recommended in the Security Guide, it is necessary to regularly check for operating system updates on the host operating system, and both the Whonix-Workstation ™ and Whonix-Gateway ™.

Social Media Profiles[edit]

There are some Official Whonix ™ Social Media Profiles online, but please do not rely on them for the latest Whonix ™ News or to contact Whonix ™ developers (see support and contact).

As some users will disregard this advice, messages from the Whonix ™ Feature Blog are most times posted on 1024px-Telegram 2019 Logo.svg.png Whonix ™ Telegram News Channel, Twitter.png Whonix ™ Twitter Profile and the Facebook.png Whonix ™ Facebook Profile. However, they are most times not mirrored to other Whonix ™ social media profiles.

If it is safe to inform others about Whonix ™, feel free to Contribute via an anonymous account that follows or likes these profiles. This page can be shared on: Twitter-share-button.png Facebook-share-button.png Telegram-share.png

Source Code[edit]

If Whonix ™ source code updates are of interest, subscribe to code changes.

Tor Browser[edit]

Tor Browser's built-in update check mechanism also works in Whonix ™, so use it whenever updates become available. [2]

For additional information about Tor Browser updates see Tor Browser. Additionally, consider subscribing to https://blog.torproject.org [archive] for developments from The Tor Project.

Running whonixcheck[edit]

See whonixcheck

Whonix ™ Repository Testers[edit]

Whonix requires a critical mass of users to properly test planned updates by enabling the stable-proposed-updates or testers repository. [3] Otherwise, bugs might go undiscovered and be inadvertently introduced into the stable repository.

To ensure a stable Whonix system is available at all times, willing testers should:

Then perform normal user activities.

Please only report bugs after first searching relevant Whonix forums and developer portals for the problem.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. Other choices:
  2. The only exception is Tor Browser running in a DisposableVM in Qubes-Whonix ™, since the update will not persist.
  3. The developers repository is only recommended for experts or those in touch with Whonix developers.


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