[tor-relays] FreeBSD 11.1 ZFS Tor Image

Conrad Rockenhaus conrad at rockenhaus.com
Sun Feb 25 21:23:31 UTC 2018

On Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:05:00 PM CST George wrote:
> Conrad Rockenhaus:
> > Hello All,
> > 
> > If anyone is interested, I have a RAW image of a FreeBSD 11.1 ZFS image
> > that is fully configured and ready to run Tor. Right now it's an eight GB
> > image, but I'm reducing the size by removing all of the extra stuff on it
> > from the upgrade from FreeBSD 11 to 11.1.
> I think it's great to ease the implementation of Tor relays,
> particularly on BSDs.

My main thought process behind trying to ease the implementation of BSD relays 
is the fact that we should diversify what we have online within the network. 
Most of our nodes are Linux. What if we have another vulnerability that comes 
out that hits Linux specifically again?

> However, I'd be wary of an image that I didn't build myself, personally.
That's your opinion. The AWS relay project was very successful. Numerous 
people ran an image that they didn't build. Numerous people also run Docker 
containers that they didn't build. Numerous people run Vagrant boxes they 
didn't build. You have the right to be weary, but there's numerous people out 
there who run other people's images everyday.

> > If you're interested in the image let me know. This image has been fully
> > tested on OVH's Openstack infrastructure, so if you're interested in
> > running it on their infrastructure, let me know and I can walk you
> > through it, or you're more than welcome to host is within my cloud at
> > cost (it's a low monthly rate and unlimited bandwidth).
> Another issue is that OVH is over relied upon for public nodes. It's the
> leading ASN with almost 15%.

They're one of the few providers out there that allow exits. That's why 15% of 
our exits are on OVH.

> https://torbsd.org/oostats/relays-bw-by-asn.txt
> OTOH, I do think we (in particular BSD people) need to facilitate the
> implementation of BSD relays, including for VPS services for those
> looking to test the waters.

I completely agree.

> The TDP wiki has a list of other BSD-offering VPSs, plus a script for
> Vultur to build on OpenBSD. I tend to think using other people's scripts
> that can be reviewed and hacked is a better gateway for new relay
> operators than images.

It would actually be very easy to find tampering within a BSD operating system. 
Again, you're welcome to your opinion, but this is no the first time an image 
has been offered to assist people within in the network, and again, with your 
view, let's get rid of the tor docker containers, the AWS AMIs, etc.



> http://wiki.torbsd.org/doku.php?id=en:bsd-vps
> g

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