[tor-dev] Tor Browser Launcher

Micah Lee micahflee at riseup.net
Mon Feb 18 04:23:23 UTC 2013

In my spare time I've been working on a way to make the Tor Browser
Bundle easier to use for GNU/Linux users. I've mostly been talking about
it with other people on tor-talk and in this bug:

I decided to write Tor Browser Launcher, a completely separate program
that's in charge or adding a "Tor Browser" .desktop file (so you can
open it from your desktop environment's menu), downloads the latest
version for you, verifies it's signature (making it more secure than how
much GNU/Linux users get TBB), and installs it in your home directory. I
think that Tor Browser Launcher can get in Debian and Ubuntu.

I just finished a first version of it. The code is here:

And there are screenshots here:

You can read details about how it works on my latest comment on that
bug: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/5236#comment:32

Before trying to get it in Debian I'd like to make it so it doesn't need
to be updated each time TBB is updated. There are more details in the
ticket, but this would require Tor to maintain a file on
https://www.torproject.org/ that has the current version number of TBB
in it and a timestamp, and possibly digital signature of this file too.

Do you think this is doable?

I also want to get it localized into all the languages TBB is localized
into. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Micah Lee

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