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Anything else[edit]

If you don't like the recommendations here, you can install applications of your choice, see Install Software.

PQCrypto[edit]

Tools[edit]

Encrypt, decrypt, sign, and verify text using OpenPGP; GnuPG frontend[edit]

KGpg (KGpg Homepage; KGpg wiki with screenshot) and GnuPG are pre-installed.

Documentation:

E-Mail[edit]

See E-Mail.

IRC Client[edit]

Pre-installed.

See HexChat.

Media Player[edit]

Pre-installed.

VLC Media Player

Start menu -> Applications -> Multimedia -> VLC Media Player

Image Viewer[edit]

Pre-installed.

Start menu -> Applications -> Graphics -> Image Viewer

Desktop Screenshot Creator[edit]

shutter; shutter in wikipedia

You can install it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shutter

Desktop Video Recorder[edit]

gtk-recordmydesktop Homepage; RecordMyDesktop in wikipedia with screenshot

You can install it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk-recordmydesktop

Calculator[edit]

KCalc

Pre-installed.

You can start it using Start menu -> Applications -> Utilities -> Scientific Calculator.

Terminal[edit]

Konsole Homepage; Konsole in wikipedia

Pre-installed.

You can start it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

Work on sensitive documents[edit]

Office Suite[edit]

LibreOffice (wikipedia) is recommended. It is a full-featured office productivity suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft(R) Office. A word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation application is included.

You can install it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

You can launch them from Start menu -> Applications -> Office.

Image Editing[edit]

kolourpaint4 Homepage with screenshots

You can install it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kolourpaint4

Video Editing[edit]

Kdenlive Homepage with screenshots; Kdenlive in wikipedia

You can install it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kdenlive

Publishing[edit]

Scribus is an Open Source Desktop Page Layout accessible from the Applications → Graphics. It can be used for many tasks; from booklets design to newspapers, magazines, newsletters and posters to technical documentation. It has sophisticated page layout features like precision placing and rotating of text and/or images on a page, manual kerning of type, bezier curves polygons, precision placement of objects, layering with RGB and CMYK custom colors. The Scribus document file format is XML-based. Unlike proprietary binary file formats, even damaged documents can be recovered with a simple text editor.

You can install it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install scribus

Audio Editing[edit]

kwave is a multi-track audio editor for Linux/Unix, MacOS and Windows. It is designed for easy recording, playing and editing of digital audio.

You can install it using Start menu -> Applications -> System -> Terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kwave

Printing and Scanning[edit]

Printing is risky. This is not a Whonix related issue. It is a general issue with printers.

Quotes from eff.org[1]:

Imagine that every time you printed a document it automatically included a secret code that could be used to identify the printer - and potentially the person who used it. Sounds like something from an episode of "Alias" right?

Unfortunately the scenario isn't fictional.

Modern printers and scanners are embedded computers with their own dedicated internal storage. It has been discovered that scanned documents are saved by these devices, leaking sensitive documents. [2] The next best workaround is to use cell phone for a dedicated to anonymous activities to take photos of the material but make sure you understand the caveats.

Another non-technical issue with anonymous printing nowadays is forensics like hand fingerprints, DNA traces, etc.

scurl - SSL command line downloader[edit]

Advanced users.

Pre-installed.

It's a simple wrapper around curl. /usr/bin/scurl simply adds --tlsv1.2 --proto =https to all runs of curl. It also has Stream Isolation in Whonix, because /usr/bin/curl is an uwt wrapper symlinked to /usr/lib/whonix/uwtwrapper which will ultimately run /usr/bin/curl.real.

To invoke it.

scurl https://check.torproject.org

All other curl/linux features continue to work, such as.

scurl https://check.torproject.org > index.html

To store the output inside a file.

scurl http://check.torproject.org

Will result as expected in.

curl: (1) Protocol http not supported or disabled in libcurl

Same for.

scurl check.torproject.org

Will result as expected in.

curl: (1) Protocol http not supported or disabled in libcurl

Running it against an self-signed or invalid SSL certificate.

scurl https://www.debian-administration.org

Will result in an error, for example.

curl: (60) SSL certificate problem: self signed certificate
More details here: http://curl.haxx.se/docs/sslcerts.html

curl performs SSL certificate verification by default, using a "bundle"
 of Certificate Authority (CA) public keys (CA certs). If the default
 bundle file isn't adequate, you can specify an alternate file
 using the --cacert option.
If this HTTPS server uses a certificate signed by a CA represented in
 the bundle, the certificate verification probably failed due to a
 problem with the certificate (it might be expired, or the name might
 not match the domain name in the URL).
If you'd like to turn off curl's verification of the certificate, use
 the -k (or --insecure) option.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. https://www.eff.org/issues/printers
  2. https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/01/photocopier_sec.html

License[edit]

Whonix Software wiki page Copyright (C) Amnesia <amnesia at boum dot org>
Whonix Software wiki page Copyright (C) 2012 -2014 Patrick Schleizer <adrelanos@riseup.net>

This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details see the wiki source code.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
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