Whonix (Debian 11 bullseye based) - for VirtualBox - Major Release - Testers Wanted!

Testers Wanted!

Download the Testers-Only version of Whonix for VirtualBox:

Alternatively, in-place release upgrade is possible upgrade using Release Upgrade Whonix 15 to Whonix 16 instructions.

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Major Changes

  • ported Debian base from Debian 10 buster to Debian 11 bullseye (discussion)
  • switched back from deb.torproject.org tor package to packages.debian.org stable tor package (Tor integration in Whonix ™ Development Notes)
  • package binaries-freedom is deprecated (reason) (electrum installed from packages.debian.org stable repository)
  • enable Debian fasttrack repository by default
  • updated paths from /usr/lib to /usr/libexec where appropriate as per lintian Debian FSH
  • VirtualBox version: this release is using VirtualBox guest additions version 6.1.26-dfsg-3 from Debian -- Details of package virtualbox in sid (downloaded from Debian and added to local (and Whonix) APT repository during Whonix build process). Next release will most likely use fasttrack.debian.netversion (details)

Known Issues

  • Desktop background image currently is the same for Whonix-Gateway and Whonix-Workstation. This will most likely be fixed in the next release.

Notable Changes

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(This testers wanted announcement might in future be transformed into a stable release announcement if no major issues are found during the testing period.)


Tested the installation, working good. Great Job!

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