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

anonym anonym at riseup.net
Wed Oct 28 15:54:56 UTC 2020

Matthew Finkel:
> On Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 09:31:39AM +0200, intrigeri wrote:
>> 2. Find, or write for scratch, another UI to configure & start
>>     little-t-tor.
> Yes, and I think the Tor Project and the Tor community should keep this
> in mind. As Richard said, a configuration flow like this is needed for
> many different applications and we should think about providing drop-in
> solutions for this (instead of everyone developing their own).

Allow me to brainstorm a bit to see if we can avoid this extra implementation: what if Tor Browser can be told (perhaps with a --configure-tor-only parameter) to become essentially what Tor Launcher is now?

In other words, it lock itself down by disabling most of Firefox UI (menu, url and tab bar, etc) and functionality (in particular, no browsing!), and only display the Tor bridge configuration bits. If we had this, 3rd parties like Tails, Ricochet etc could just depend on Tor Browser to act as a "Tor Launcher", and no extra implementation is needed.

You also talk about censorship detection: it is a bit unclear if Tor Browser will try to detect it itself with some background work, or it this detection is reactive, e.g. by looking at what sites the users tries to visit; if it's the former, that would also fit with my proposal. If it's the latter, well that sucks, but at least 3rd parties would get something with the same power as the current Tor Launcher.

How crazy does this sound?


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