'sudo apt-get install whonix' Part I



Originally published at: https://www.whonix.org/blog/sudo-apt-get-install-whonix-part
The ability to install Whonix meta-packages packages from a repository
is currently under heavy development and almost finished. With this
announcement we ask that you consider donating to sustain and accelerate

How it Works:

In two steps a user is able to convert plain Debian VMs into Whonix:

  1. First by adding the Whonix repo URLs to the apt sources list
    (optionally: check instructions for anonymous repo downloads)

  2. 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.

Whonix becomes portable and possible to install on every alternative
hardware architecture supported by Debian with little effort. It also
sets the stage for installing select Whonix packages on Debian hosts.

Another advantage is easier testing of Whonix packages across different
hypervisors and reduced template sizes for Qubes-Whonix.

Remaining Tasks:

This feature requires making Whonix build and work without several
chroot scripts and reimplementing them in postinst or otherwise.