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New Qubes Website! New Whonix Website?

( My feedback to that quick start guide: Whonix Quick-Start Guide v0.1 )

I think it’s too verbose, very much so.

@Ego: We’ve cherry-picked a couple pages out of your repo (they’re live now! :D), but it seems like there are some placeholder / incomplete pages in the repo. Could you look at having the master branch be “complete,” and use a separate branch for doing testing? That would make it easier for us to see that there are important changes we may need to pull down.

It’s a great landing page, thanks for all your hard work.

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Good day,

Sure, created a seperate branch and removed any references to my tests from the original one.

Have a nice day,

Ego

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Apologies I never cut down the v 0.1 version of the ‘Quick’ Start Guide for you. Been too busy.

I’ll look over what’s up on the new website page and revisit your feedback when I have a chance. There is value in editing the wiki too in various places.

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This was done.

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Suggested fixes/improvements to the main Whonix page i.e. http://www.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/

1. Update the “Forum” and “News” links at the very top of the page to .onion links.

Every other link is onionzed right now i.e. Download, Wiki, FAQ etc. This provides consistency.

“Forum” link -> change to: http://forums.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/

“News” link -> change to: http://forums.dds6qkxpwdeubwucdiaord2xgbbeyds25rbsgr73tbfpqpt4a6vjwsyd.onion/c/news

2. Add the source references for the following quotes (consistency with other quotes that already do that).

”For the even more paranoid, there is a lesser-known Tor-enabled OS called Whonix”

wired.com


”Whonix is about as anonymous as an OS can get before it all becomes too inconvenient for normal use.”

theguardian.com


”Whonix, an operating system you can run in a virtual machine to maximize your online anonymity; it’s ideal for maintaining a secret identity.”

theintercept.com


”Whonix adds a layer of anonymity to your business tasks.”

techrepublic.com

3. Suggested/improved rewording.

Virus Protection

Additional security hardening measures and user education through Whonix provide better protection from viruses.

Change to:

Virus Protection

Whonix provides additional security hardening measures and user education to provide better protection from viruses.


History

An eight year history of protecting our users against Real World Attacks.

Change to:

History

Protecting our users against Real World Attacks for around a decade.


Fully auditable

You don’t have to trust our word that it respects and protects you. It is independently verifiable by security experts and software developers around the world. This improves security and privacy for everyone.

Change to:

Fully auditable

Whonix is independently verifiable by security experts and software developers around the world; you don’t have to trust developer claims. This improves security and privacy for everyone.


Complete respect for privacy

Your data always belongs to you, and only you. We don’t make advertising deals or collect sensitive personal data. We’re funded directly by our users paying what they want. And that’s how it should be.

Change to:

Complete respect for privacy

Whonix respects data privacy principles. We don’t make advertising deals or collect sensitive personal data. We’re funded directly by user contributions and that’s how it should be.


Warrant Canary

A canary confirms that no warrants have been served on the Whonix project.

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Warrant Canary

A canary confirms that no warrants have ever been served on the Whonix project.


Complete user freedom

There are no artificial restrictions on how users can reconfigure the system.

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Complete user freedom

No artificial restrictions are imposed on possible system configurations.


Digitally signed releases

Downloads are signed so you can verify they are genuine Whonix releases.

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Digitally signed releases

Downloads are signed so genuine Whonix releases can be verified.


Open Source

All of Whonix source code is licensed under OSI Approved Licenses. We respect the rights of our users. All of Whonix is available for review, scrutiny, modification, and redistribution by anyone. This improves security and privacy for everyone.

Change to:

Open Source

All the Whonix source code is licensed under OSI Approved Licenses. We respect user rights to review, scrutinize, modify, and redistribute Whonix. This improves security and privacy for everyone.


Research and Implementation Project

Be wary of those confidently calling themselves all-knowing, all-perfect. Whonix is an actively maintained research project making constant improvements – no shortcomings are ever hidden from users.

Change to:

Research and Implementation Project

Whonix makes modest claims and is wary of overconfidence. Whonix is an actively maintained research project making constant improvements; no shortcomings are ever hidden from users.


sandbox-app-launcher is an application launcher that can start each app inside its own restrictive sandbox. It runs each app as its own user, in a bubblewrap sandbox and confined by AppArmor.

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sandbox-app-launcher is an application launcher that can start each application inside its own restrictive sandbox. Each application runs as its own user, in a bubblewrap sandbox and confined by AppArmor.


enforce kernel module software signature verification

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Enforce kernel module software signature verification


deactivate malware after reboot from non-root compromise

Change to:

Deactivate malware after reboot from non-root compromise


post-quantum cryptography resistant signing of releases

Change to:

Post-quantum cryptography resistant signing of releases


multiple boot modes for better security (user, live, secureadmin, superadmin)

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Multiple boot modes for better security (user, live, secureadmin and superadmin)

4. Footer rewording (no need for arrows there; looks odd)

Whonix ™ is produced independently from the Tor® -> anonymity software and carries no guarantee from The Tor Project -> about quality, suitability or anything else.

Change to:

Whonix ™ is produced independently from the Tor® anonymity software and carries no guarantee from The Tor Project about quality, suitability or anything else.

5. Grammar nits.

Alternatively Debian, Kicksecure and perhaps other Debian based hosts can boot their existing host operating system into Host Live Mode.

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Alternatively Debian, Kicksecure and perhaps other Debian-based hosts can boot their existing host operating system into Host Live Mode.


Whonix ™ is based on Kicksecure ™ which is a a security-hardened Linux distribution.

Change to:

Whonix ™ is based on Kicksecure ™ which is a security-hardened Linux distribution.


Prevent de-anonymization of Tor onion services through Tirdad kernel module for random ISN generation.

Change to:

Prevent de-anonymization of Tor onion services via utilization of the Tirdad kernel module for random ISN generation.


Booting into VM Live Mode is a simple as choosing Live Mode in the boot menu.

Change to:

Booting into VM Live Mode is as simple as choosing Live Mode in the boot menu.

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A bit to much starting sentences with “Whonix …”? Good idea? Could you edit please?

Protecting our users against Real World Attacks. for around a decade. (history)

Taken that, however not sure. I prefer https://simple.wikipedia.org style language and guess “decade” is a less known word by non-native speakers than years.

Spoke too soon. In the context, it’s actually not too much. Never mind.

Took all changes, I think. If not, it was forgotten. Please re-state.

That is a bit difficult. For all other links since these are on the same www subdomain, I was able to use relative links. But when switching to a different (sub)domain, html alone won’t cut it. That would require using PHP or some nginx string replace magic. Non-trivial. Hence, not yet implemented.

Nice - thanks. :slight_smile:

99% fixed. Just three little nits.

1. Remove extra full stop.

Protecting our users against Real World Attacks. for around a decade. (history)

Suggest instead:

Protecting our users against Real World Attacks for around a decade. (history)

2. Concept of trust repeated twice - suggest removing that.

You don’t have to trust our word that it respects and protects you. Whonix is independently verifiable by security experts and software developers around the world; you don’t have to trust developer claims. This improves security and privacy for everyone.

Suggest instead:

Whonix is independently verifiable by security experts and software developers around the world; you don’t have to trust developer claims. This improves security and privacy for everyone.

OR (if you prefer the first line of the original text):

You don’t have to trust our word that it respects and protects you. Whonix is independently verifiable by security experts and software developers around the world. This improves security and privacy for everyone.

3. Remove double “are”.

There are no artificial restrictions are imposed on possible system configurations.

Suggest instead:

There are no artificial restrictions imposed on possible system configurations.

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No problem re: onion links. Figured there must have been some technical reason.

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Great!

All fixed.

(Except some onion links which might get fixed at some point.)

Excellent!

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Background: user on telegram asking, paraphrased "can I just use a VPN in VirtualBox and have equal or almost equal anonymity?


Now:

Based on Tor®

Whonix utilizes Tor®, which provides an open and distributed relay network to defend against network surveillance.

Issue: doesn’t mention how Tor is better than let’s say a VPN. Not sure we need to mention VPN verbatim. Could use a catchy (appropriate length compared to other boxes) summary.


Now:

Tor® Browser

Visit any destination including modern websites such as YouTube.

Issue: Should summarize something that perhaps Tor Browser Essentials mentions. Something on browser fingerprinting, linkablity?


Suggestions?

Maybe add: “Unlike Virtual Private Networks, Tor provides anonymity by design and removes trust from the equation.”

Maybe add: “Tor Browser is optimized for anonymity and millions of daily users help you blend in with the crowd.”

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Very good, now online. :slight_smile:

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