The ability to install Whonix meta-packages packages from a repository is finished.
How it Works:
In two steps a user is able to convert plain Debian VMs into Whonix:
First by adding the Whonix repo URLs to the apt sources list (optionally: check instructions for anonymous repo downloads)
Then doing ‘sudo apt-get install whonix-(gateway|workstation)’
What Becomes Possible:
The concept of distro-morphing is an incredible technical milestone because at the moment, no other derivative OS can be directly installed on its upstream base just by running a package manager. This makes Whonix packages accessible to Debian virtual machine users in a couple of commands.
To elaborate on that one…
distro-morphing is still in use to a degree.
During the build process of Non-Qubes-Whonix and Qubes-Whonix a Debian base image (created in earlier build step) will be morphed into Whonix.
During the build process of Kicksecure a Debian base image (created in earlier build step) will be morphed into Kicksecure.
What’s hard indeed is supporting arbitrary user installations of Debian which could contain a lot state (configuration, gnome vs kde vs whatever desktop environment) to be morphed to Whonix or Kicksecure.
This is also related to distro-morphing:
To learn early when distro-morphing would break due to package installation issues:
That depends what the definition of the word “should” is.
Yes, should work.
Best chance is to start with a minimal installation without GUI or XFCE if it must be one and then installing a meta package (cli or xfce).
I wrote that because I think it’s a bad use of development time to support individual geeky exercises if something better (Whonix-Host) can be created instead.