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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.[1] This is not a Whonix related issue. It is a general issue with printers.

Quotes from eff.org[2]:

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 is not fictional.

The codes can be deciphered with a program from the EFF.[3]

Workarounds for printing political leaflets safely:

  • For a list of printers that do or don't include forensic watermarking check this page.
  • According to MIT, the dots are not present in Black-and-White print-outs.[4] (as long as there is no color cartridge present)
  • Using a USB-Printer bought at a garage sale might thus be a good option.


Note this applies to printers under your own control only. If you use a printer controlled by an adversary who wants to track down the source printer, they can still enforce color printing at all times for this very reason.


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. [5] 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]

To securely download files or webpages from the Internet on the command line, Whonix comes pre-installed with scurl. Users should preference scurl over wget, since scurl enforces strong encryption and is not buggy.

To invoke scurl to download a file, simply run (replace the https:// example with the actual file location).

scurl --remote-name https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/6.5.2/tor-browser-linux64-6.5.2_en-US.tar.xz

This will download tor-browser-linux64-6.5.2_en-US.tar.xz to the user's current working directory.

Refer to the scurl entry for further examples and a complete description of this tool.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printer_steganography
  2. https://www.eff.org/issues/printers
  3. https://w2.eff.org/Privacy/printers/docucolor/
  4. http://seeingyellow.com/
  5. 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 - 2017 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 under certain conditions; see the wiki source code for details.


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