I’ve had midterms all this week, so spare time has been in short supply. That being said, I’d like to make some time this weekend to compile some notes for my participation in Linux Unplugged next Tuesday. All the technical matters are very well laid out in the official Whonix documentation, but I’d also like to be able to discuss the background of the project to give listeners better context. If I compiled questions for you guys (for example, the early days of the project, its relationship to Tails and Tor in general, et cetera) would you guys be willing to provide basic answers?
Linux Unplugged has a pretty open format, so this will be more of a chit chat than a presentation. As I’ve indicated, the audience is familiar with Tails (Chris has discussed it multiple times on Linux Action News), but one huge goal of mine will be to convey the unique applicability and inherent value in Whonix. From following Whonix keyword searches on Twitter, it seems many casual followers of privacy-related Linux stuff are under the misconception that Whonix and Tails are somehow direct competitors, and that perhaps one is “better” or “worse.” This is a silly idea to me, because Whonix is not about making Tails obsolete - they’re two uniquely valuable distros that cater to distinct needs, and they each have their own special applicability. So that’s one thing that’s pretty important for me to get across, and I think one way to introduce that idea is to delve into the beginnings of Whonix, what was forked from Tails, how that’s changed over the years, that sorta thing.
Hopefully that example illustrates my reasoning for wanting a little more background knowledge on the project. I think with context, I’ll be much more capable of conveying the key points. Because the format of this podcast is pretty lax and conversational, I think it’ll be beneficial to not just list bullet points about the features of Whonix, but actually tell the story of what it is, in a way that attracts broader interest.
I’ll start jotting down questions for those of you who’ve been here from the beginning. We have plenty of time - the show records next Tuesday.