Tried to install the packages thorugh the page you linked and that is indeed the error.
Just sent them an email. Will let you know if they respond.
Also another question: if I would get this running with qemu on my M1 Mac (still have to wait until they fix a bug in the qemu patches so I can install them), can I just update to new Whonix versions when they are released like normal? Or do I have to rebuild for ARM every time if I want to update?
Thanks Patrick. I tried to open a ticket on gitlab but you need an account which they have to approve, so I am waiting now for them to allow my account or get a response to my email. If people want to have it fixed faster and have already done this earlier they should open a ticket on gitlab
So they just released a fix for the qemu patches and I managed to get something going. The gateway launched, but gave an error the second time that the greater onion service was not running. (Though now it seems to be fine). The workstation did not launch with the listed qemu commands, it gives:
qemu-system-aarch64: -netdev socket,id=internal,listen=:8010: can't bind ip=0.0.0.0 to socket: Address already in use
Anyone an idea how to solve this?
I’m happy that I have the gateway running though!
@GavinPacini how is it going with the UTM implementation? Let me know if I can help with something (I am a beginner though). UTM might have an additional security benefit as well as it uses the solid MacOS sanbox. Don’t know how well normal qemu is sandboxed.
I got the Workstation to boot up as well using the qemu commands that @GavinPacini sent on the 28th of april, but leaving out -drive "if=pflash,format=raw,file=./edk2-vars-work.fd,discard=on" \ for both VM’s
When I try to open the browser I get an error that there is no browser installed that supports open-link-confirmation, so I installed firefox-rse for now. Am I correct that the tor browser is not there because it has not been ported to arm64 yet? So for now the only option is to use firefox or another browser that has been ported?
Networking seems to be ok now. If I map an address in the gateway that translates to the workstation. Issues I see on first impression are absence of tor browser, bad fluency and poor scaling (everything is really small) and resolution.
Hey Sholenka, thanks a lot for being an alpha tester!
Your discoveries are correct. Tor doesn’t have an official arm64 build, at least to my knowledge. I’ve also been using Firefox for now. Regarding -drive "if=pflash,format=raw,file=./edk2-vars-work.fd,discard=on", you’re correct that it’s better to leave it out actually. I have updated the guide here with that already.
Regarding poor scaling and resolution, this is fixed when we use UTM as a frontend, because it has a SPICE implementation (basically a newer VNC protocol supported by QEMU).
The last few weeks have been very busy in work, but I’ll hope to get the tutorial updated for UTM this coming week.
for the workstation. So you might have to take a look if that has to be updated as well.
Maybe the Tor project will have some interest in porting the browser to arm64 now that Whonix has been ported? Could also be that it depends on libraries that have not been ported yet though. Seems to me that a significant part of the privacy/anonimity benefits of Whonix are only profited from when using the Tor browser.
Maybe something like this (https://github.com/ptitSeb/box86) could be used until then to run it? I don’t know much about methods of browser fingerprinting though so maybe this would make you stand out a lot.
It seems like development for it is dead for about a year now and does not seem to be a priority. I might add a comment maybe pointing out that adaption of the arm platform has been very rapid in the last year and that people would really benefit from Tor browser on arm now on Linux so maybe someone will become interested in woking on it (it runs fine under Rosetta translation on M1 Macs and under emulation on Windows on Arm, but native would always be better as well). I don’t know the dynamics of the open source community though as I am very new to it.
I might also open issues for other Whonix bundled apps that are also not present, like Onionshare.
Even though the Bitcoin wallet is not included, it seems to have been ported: Download - Bitcoin
And there is a Thunderbird build available without update support for now, and if there is sufficient interest they will work on it further: Thunderbird:AArch64 - MozillaWiki
Also, would having Whonix on aarch64 make it more suitable for running Android apps?