Would stable Tor Browser deb package help or burden whonix devs?

Exploring Tor Browser 13.5 release info noticed 2024-06-05T00:00:00Z closed issue
Make deb and rpm packages for Tor Browser (#41126)

richard’s note_3019458 (direct link) suggests Q3 2024 target at earliest, for stable 14.0 Tor Browser stable deb package.

update-torbrowser has long worked very well for this user but wonder

  • :thinking: Would stable Tor Browser deb package help or burden whonix or kicksecure dev

  • Have I missed something obvious?

Much appreciate whonix, kicksecure, and all the great documentation! :hugs:

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There is also Tor Browser Launcher which is under the banner of the Tor Project but based on what I believe the Whonix project wants - some functionality is missing. Hence update-torbrowser. And if/when Tor Browser gets official packages that might supersede it anyway?

Assuming it is implemented correctly I see it as a net benefit to Whonix. Others can certainly chime in.

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I am waiting for this since ~ 12 years.

Download Debian package from torproject.org, digital software verification, upload to Kicksecure / Whonix APT repository would actually be more maintenance burden than tb-updater.

Tor Browser Update: Technical Details

Less maintenance burden: Tor Browser deb from deb.torproject.org APT repository. This might happen as per:

So that is great news!

Even less maintenance burden: Tor Browser deb from packages.debian.org APT repository.


Commented on Sign and deploy apt package repository for Tor/Mullvad Browser (#41117) · Issues · The Tor Project / Applications / tor-browser-build · GitLab just now.

From this ticket, I would assume that deb.torproject.org now already contains Tor Browser. Looking at: https://deb.torproject.org/torproject.org/dists/bookworm/main/binary-amd64/Packages

Not there yet.

Was this ticket accidentally closed or is there another ticket to follow the progress along when Tor Browser from deb.torproject.org will become available?

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Got a reply. The ticket to follow is:

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Thank you for feeback h3xagonal. Key seems “assuming it is implemented correctly”.


Appealing end goal it seems.

@Patrick thank you for effort to ‘reopen’ Enable build of rpm and deb packages in Tor Browser releases, now, issue #41179!

Maybe we see tp repo version in this or next year…

Off-topic comment: Hope Tor Browser deb from packages.debian.org APT repository happens, before a stable and secure mixminion appears :grin: Think I am waiting ~17 years for that.

Best regards!