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SteveSteve, Aug 14 2016

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Tor Browser
Open Source
https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en#downloads

I think Solus is excellent...btw.....thank you so much :)

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DataDrake renamed this task from Please consider adding "Tor Browser" to Solus Software Center to Tor Browser.Aug 14 2016, 3:22 PM
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JoshStrobl triaged this task as Low priority.EditedAug 17 2016, 7:05 AM
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Marking as low priority since it is essentially Firefox pre-configured with a few extensions and Tor usage. I am of the opinion that users would best be served if we rather provided Tor / onion routing software (note, I am saying "Tor routing software", I'm already aware we have Tor itself) to enable individuals to route our existing browsers via Tor.

The advantage of using the tor browser instead just routing the traffic via tor is that it is pre-configured to make user a lot more anonymous than using an existing browser with default settings. Configuring the browser yourself this way would be a lot of work and you would probably miss many important settings.

But i think this can still stay at low priority for now, because it's easy to download and run the tor browser from the website directly and it even has an auto updater

The advantage of using the tor browser instead just routing the traffic via tor is that it is pre-configured to make user a lot more anonymous than using an existing browser with default settings.

Right and unless they're changing fundamental parts of Firefox to do exactly this (hint, they're not), you get the same effect by proxying via Tor and using security-oriented addons in the existing Firefox.

Configuring the browser yourself this way would be a lot of work and you would probably miss many important settings.

Missing important settings such as? I don't see any basis for how configuring the browser yourself could be difficult and in all likelihood, you wouldn't be configuring the browser, you'd be configuring your network settings.

alatiera added a subscriber: alatiera.EditedAug 17 2016, 10:49 AM

The actual advantage of using the pre-configured tor browser is that most users are supposed to use the exact same config to avoid fingerprinting deanonymization.

Configuring the browser yourself this way would be a lot of work and you would probably miss many important settings.

Missing important settings such as? I don't see any basis for how configuring the browser yourself could be difficult and in all likelihood, you wouldn't be configuring the browser, you'd be configuring your network settings.

I'm not a tor expert and only use it occasionally but the tor browser does not only add a few addons. Just as one example it disables mathml to reduce the attack surface and probably a few more things. The tor browser also applies custom patches to firefox although some people are trying to "unfork" the tor browser from firefox https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1173199#c31

And as @alatiera mentioned using the same configuration for every user reduces the chance of deanonymization through fingerprinting

baimafeima added a comment.EditedOct 12 2016, 12:24 PM

The Tor Project team does not recommend to use Tor with any other browser, even if you know what you are doing: "Tor does not protect all of your computer's Internet traffic when you run it. Tor only protects your applications that are properly configured to send their Internet traffic through Tor. To avoid problems with Tor configuration, we strongly recommend you use the Tor Browser. It is pre-configured to protect your privacy and anonymity on the web as long as you're browsing with the Tor Browser itself. Almost any other web browser configuration is likely to be unsafe to use with Tor."
If you want to check your browser configuration and compare it to Tor browser: http://ip-check.info or https://panopticlick.eff.org/
Better perform a custom site fingerprinting before packaging this: https://www.grc.com/fingerprints.htm

iachopolo added a subscriber: iachopolo.EditedMay 16 2017, 1:45 AM

Is this resolved? Tor is available for download in SC. I can't access from the menu thou. EDIT: Sorry, I've just seen you already said it was available

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I just noticed that there is apparently a snap package in development but which hasn't been updated in a while. How safe is this one to use? The question for me when it comes to snaps is who really maintains these, especially if they are not from the original project itself: https://github.com/snapcrafters/tor-browser
Does anyone have more information on this?

retiform added a subscriber: retiform.EditedJan 17 2018, 6:25 PM

Resons tor browser is different from firefox: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser/design/

@JoshStrobl I think it would be a pain to recreate this by hand for a normal user

JoshStrobl closed this task as Wontfix.Jun 25 2018, 12:54 PM
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This has sat in accepted for inclusion for coming up on two years 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.

so-lo added a subscriber: so-lo.Dec 29 2018, 10:32 AM

I've put together a package for torbrowser-launcher in my GitLab that seems to do fine so far. I'm not really interested in maintaining this officially (given that I just installed Solus about a week ago) but maybe others will find this helpful.