Whonix Linux Installer - Development Discussion

Merged, thanks!

Sure. It’s documented here:

(And can be elaborated if needed.)

Uninstallation isn’t a crucial feature as there’s no demand for it now. Can be revisited later if ever needed.

The added code complexity might indeed make this unjustified.

This is an old idea. Nowadays the way you implemented it such differences such as in package names you defined by operating system specific names (such as Ubuntu vs Debian). Now the correct header package names are already hardcoded. Therefore the header package name auto detection feature doesn’t seem important anymore. Can be moved to rejected features.

Package name looks correct.

Good enough for a generic virtualizer instruction.

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Awesome job you guys. I wanted to share someone’s implementation of a KVM import script I found that may be helpful to you when working out support for that hypervisor:

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KVM virtual machine image download support is already supported by the installer.

Other KVM support for KVM import etc. is not planned to be implemented by me. KVM support would need to be added by the maintainer of Whonix KVM, which is only you.

This is because if KVM support isn’t added by the maintainer, the KVM specific commands (import, re-import, network setup) done by the installer versus manual import will always be clouded in mystery what the installer actually does versus what not. That is, if there is an issue with KVM, the installer would always be the first suspect as the source of issues.

It might be the installer’s fault or it might not be. But that investigation should be done by the KVM maintainer. And any changes required for the installer, should also be be done by the KVM maintainer.

Especially with multiple operating system support KVM maintenance seems difficult by looking at the KVM sub forums. For example: Unsupported qcow2 feature extended L2 entries

If I added KVM support, it would be almost the same as taking over KVM maintenance, which is too much.

In other words, by adding KVM support to Whonix Linux Installer, you would be effectively “out of the game” for KVM maintenance.

Major Changes in git:

  • The installer got support for Debian unstable (sid).
  • Debian testing (trixie) support was fixed by installing VirtualBox from Debian unstable (sid) repository.
  • Error out when attempting to use --oracle-repo on Debian testing (trixie) / unstable (sid) because Oracle does not provide such a repository.
  • Use adduser instead of useradd on Debian.
  • Fix launch VirtualBox Manager (GUI). (Do not only start the VMs.)
  • Try to start VMs before trying to start VirtualBox Manager because if it fails, it is less confusing to avoid starting VirtualBox Manager
  • view VirtualBox dkmks make.log on Debian if installation of VirtualBox failed
  • if using --dev and if enabling Kicksecure repository, use Kicksecure developers repository instead of Kicksecure stable repository if Kicksecure repository is needed
  • No longer use mirror by default. Use direct downloads.

New installer uploaded and updated wiki to reflect the name change.

now has a logo: