Whonix XFCE for VirtualBox released!



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Thanks to @Algernon for contributing the Whonix XFCE version!

Whonix for VirtualBox with XFCE - Release Candidate 1 - Testers Wanted!

Works great. Surprisingly small size.
Thanks to everybody who works so hard on this; then gives it away.
(Open Source Karma is so much better than Steve Jobs Karma.)


Light and fast!


That’s amazing. Going to test it. For me XFCE is the most favorable desktop environment.


To get an audio volume control in xfce:

sudo apt-get install pavucontrol


The machine does not work, there are a lot of glitches. Updates are not downloaded and time is not synchronized. Do you have an earlier but stable version of the program?


Going back to older (stable) versions is unsupported.

Why? See:
Is the Linux User Experience Comparable to Commercial Operating Systems?

Would be a waste of developer time if we supported that because older versions of other issues which would add overhead. So your only chance is to contribute by asking for support, help debugging issues and perhaps receiving workarounds and/or fixes.


Wallpapers for your Gateway:
For people who are un-artistic, lazy, and don’t care about copyright (like me).


I don’t get any of the icons on the screen. Both for the Gateway and Workstation.




OK. I thought the screenshot you posted above is the default. Desktop icons came by default in the other Whonix versions I used.

For the benefit of others, copy the files you need from /usr/share/applications to ~/Desktop/ to create desktop shortcuts.


Patrick, I’m sorry, the program works. But the problem with the wrong time and this is the only trouble that does not affect the work of the program.



Did you read the text in that screenshot? Did you apply the recommendations in that screenshot?


When moving Tor Browser window to the top and then continuing to move the mouse slightly higher (or alternatively just moving Tor Browser up quickly and not being careful to stop), the window is maximized to the full size of the screen.

Is there a way to prevent this kind of behavior?

Edit: another kind of resizing also happens when moving the window to the side of the screen quickly.

This behavior of course isn’t unique to Tor Browser’s window but to any window.

Edit 2: I found the solution:

Applications -> Settings -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Accessibility Tab -> Uncheck “Automatically tile windows while moving toward the screen edge”


That’s such a great decision! I have always disliked KDE, especially in the context of Whonix VM, I really like that!

I am currently enjoying Whonix XFCE and so far nothing to complain about, on the contrary.

I would however have two suggestions:

1. gpa as a replacement for kgpg

To me, having a GUI pgp program is wholly part of the Whonix experience. I really think it serves the purpose of Whonix. Instead of kgpg and its dependencies, I would suggest to include the gpa program, a very lightweight and user-friendly GUI gpg tool:

It only takes 2,153 kB of free space and needs only two packages (gpa and gpgsm). Works well, I have just tested it:

2. Replace the stock Applications Menu by whisker-menu (panel plugin)
A small and very lightweight (689 kB) package, xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin greatly enhances user-friendliness, by allowing to search for program by their names (a feature every modern OS provides). It really gives the XFCE experience a much more modern feeling in my opinion. No need to look in every subdirectory to find the right program:



Created disable maximize window when moving to the top:




Wow that was quick! Thanks Patrick!


Please add

  • language indicator
  • audio volume control
  • system monitor