whonix.org is using popular webapps such as mediawiki, phabricator and
discourse (forum software). These are developed by third parties, not
whonix.org. These are Libre Software. whonix.org is a user of these web
apps. When other projects make changes, they don’t necessarily (rather
seldom) prioritize privacy and security.
Whonix is based on many third party projects. On
The User Co-developer Concept there is a small
description on how that is structure looks like. In essence, many
independent projects provide their software and source code for free.
One can use it as is or modify.
However, Whonix is not a traditional company with loads of full time
paid employees. There is no way for anyone in our community to issue a
directive to the discourse or any other developers saying “a google
search box is a nogo, remove it in an instant”. Same applies to all
other software projects.
If we want changes from third party projects, we can only:
- try to understand their point of view (takes time)
- ask nicely (takes time)
- submit code that makes sense from their point of view (in most cases:
not doable due to time restraints)
- patch and/or fork their software (in very most cases: not doable due
to time restraints)
- or use an alternative (migration work, takes time)
I guess you are expecting a fully consistent experience, the best of the
best privacy choices everywhere form a we-provide-privacy-for-you
company. Just like you would expect comfort from a
Actually, given the organizational differences
- company hierarchies vs
- Libre Software (collaborative, use it as is or modify it yourself
I am surprised it works as good as it works.
The quality you are expecting and requesting (here and in other forum
threads) from Whonix, cannot be provided by a project of this size.
Bug Reports, Software Development and Feature Requests
I wonder if I wrote something similar before?
Could we put something like this on the subject on how Libre Software
development vs development inside a company works somewhere?
This was done. See: