[tbb-dev] [Proposal] Tor Browser Quickstart - Call for Comments

richard at torproject.org richard at torproject.org
Sat Oct 24 14:09:08 UTC 2020


I've been working Ricochet, and we also will need something like this in
the long term (for instance, adding support for the various
pluggable-transports). Ideally I'd like to have a lightweight library
(with C abi) which we can all use for launching/configuring/managing a
tor process (without any dependency on a particular UI toolkit). We all
(tor-browser, tails, ricochet, etc) potentially need to do the same
things in our various backends, so it'd be great if we had a common
codebase for doing so.


On 10/24/20 9:31 AM, intrigeri wrote:
> Hi,
> Antonela Debiasi (2020-10-23):
>> We've been defining an improved user flow for starting Tor Browser and
>> connecting to Tor, with particular attention in censored contexts. The
>> aim is making Tor Browser proactive in detecting censorship and improve
>> the bridge's acquisition by making it easier for users to use them.
> Thanks for this detailed proposal! I could not check the details since
> GitLab is not responding at the moment, but what you wrote looks great
> to me :)
> FTR, in the context of Tails, since we don't allow the browser to
> control the Tor daemon's configuration, currently we're running Tor
> Launcher separately from the browser, as a XUL application. Once Tor
> Launcher is gone, presumably we won't be able to use the new
> in-browser UI. So in order to adjust to this change, likely we will
> need to:
> 1. Disable the new UI that configures & starts little-t-tor
>    Currently we do this with the TOR_SKIP_LAUNCH=1 environment
>    variable. It would be great if we were still able to toggle the
>    whole thing off in 1 single place with the new implementation :)
> 2. Find, or write for scratch, another UI to configure & start
>    little-t-tor.
> I believe Whonix may be in a similar situation.
> Does this make sense to you?
> Did I miss or misunderstand anything?
> Cheers!
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