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Name: Torbrowser-Launcher


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Tor Browser Launcher is intended to make Tor Browser easier to install and use for GNU/Linux users. You install torbrowser-launcher from your distribution's package manager and it handles everything else.

Downloads and installs the most recent version of Tor Browser in your language and for your computer's architecture, or launches Tor Browser if it's already installed (Tor Browser will automatically update itself.

Verifies Tor Browser's signature for you, to ensure the version you downloaded was cryptographically signed by Tor developers and was not tampered with.

Adds "Tor Browser" and "Tor Browser Launcher Settings" application launcher to your desktop environment's menu.

Includes AppArmor profiles to make a Tor Browser compromise not as bad.

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T236: Tor Browser
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T236: Tor Browser

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traqfan removed a subscriber: Package Requests.

What does Tor Project say about this additional launcher? Would be great to have more background information about this.

What does Tor Project say about this additional launcher? Would be great to have more background information about this.

I don't think TorProject has ever commented on this program. I've been using it for a while and it works fine and the creator, Micah Lee is trustworthy IMO. He used to work for the EFF, and now for The Intercept and Freedom of the Press.

DataDrake triaged this task as Low priority.Dec 25 2016, 1:38 AM
DataDrake moved this task from Backlog to Accepted For Inclusion on the Package Requests board.
JoshStrobl closed this task as Wontfix.Jun 25 2018, 12:33 PM
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JoshStrobl added a project: Needs Maintainer.
JoshStrobl added a subscriber: JoshStrobl.

This has sat in accepted for inclusion for over a year now. Clearly, there is a lack of demand for the inclusion of this software, nobody has stepped up to provide a patch, maintain it, and properly integrate it. Closing as a result. Feel free to reopen but only when someone offers a patch via our proper patch submission methods and volunteers to be maintainer.

abdulocracy reopened this task as Open.Jan 2 2019, 9:37 PM
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I would like to maintain this package.

If merged, seems as though it will make T236 unnecessary. This package installs, updates, and runs Tor Browser perfectly. In fact Fedora uses this as their method of delivering the browser, IIRC.