[tbb-dev] future of tor-launcher? - Firefox XPCOM / XUL based add-ons deprecation

Jonathan Haack oemb1905 at jonathanhaack.com
Tue Jan 10 03:53:10 UTC 2017


> On Jan 9, 2017, at 11:22 AM, Michael Carbone <michael at qubes-os.org> wrote:
>> Georg: Patrick Schleizer:
>>> Hi,
>>> XPCOM / XUL based add-ons will be deprecated in Firefox. [1]
>>> I've searched trac, mailing list, irc logs... I know you are aware
>>> of that, but haven't found your plan forward. Is there already
>>> one?
>>> What are your plans regarding tor-launcher? Will tor-launcher be
>>> ported over as Firefox WebExtension? Is that even possible?
>> We investigated what we would need for porting the extensions over
>> to Webextensions a while ago in
>> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/17248.
>> The current plan has not changed: we still plan to port our
>> extensions over to the Webextensions framework. It might need some
>> upstream changes which we would provide with own patches but we'll
>> see.
>> Georg
> I had some discussions with Mark and Linda at the Tor Summit about the
> various non-browser use-cases for tor-launcher, especially as a means to
> allow the user to enable bridges/transports via GUI.
> There is currently no GUI for users to select bridges/transports for
> non-XUL tor project applications. The move to WebExtensions does not
> seem to improve the situation.
> I was wondering if this is still something being considered, even in the
> longer term?
> The move away from XUL could be an opportunity to address this by
> building a more generic solution that could be used by the increasing
> number of tor-powered applications/environments, such as onionshare,
> ricochet, tails, qubes, subgraph, etc., in addition to tor browser and
> tor messenger.
> For background there had been a previously aborted effort to write a
> python-based tor-launcher clone:
> https://www.whonix.org/blog/connection-bridge-wizard
> Michael
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