[Tor-BSD] Porting Tor Browser to the BSDs

Brian Callahan bcallah at devio.us
Tue Feb 17 23:27:55 EST 2015

On 02/17/15 15:45, teor wrote:
>> On 18 Feb 2015, at 06:55 , George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:
>> Carlo Strub:
>>> 17/02/2015 17:32 - Libertas wrote:
>>>> Has anyone looked into this? I talked to the maintainer of the OpenBSD
>>>> Firefox port, but he wasn't very interested and pointed out the
>>>> difficulty caused by the deterministic build system.
>>>> I can verify that it doesn't work out of the box, but haven't had time
>>>> to play with it much more than that. I think that the Tor Browser is an
>>>> increasingly important tool, and that it's a problem that it isn't
>>>> available on the BSDs.
>>>> Thoughts? Suggestions?
>>> Never tried it. Maybe www/firefox is a good starting point. Would be good to re-use already ported software such as security/tor, etc.
>> Actually, www/firefox-esr is probably a better bet. There's less jumps
>> in features, and therefore opportunities to break SOCKS.
>> The problem is tracking TBB and keeping the patches applied cleanly,
>> assuming you build using the current TBB model.
>> One of the central criteria for success is the full fingerprint, and
>> whether it is identical to the official TBB.
> Hang on, since there's no official TBB for BSD, there is no official full fingerprint to be identical to.

That can be easily remedied.

> But if it is built using the deterministic build process (which uses cross-compilers in an Ubuntu Linux VM on a Debian host), it should be identical on all platforms.

This is not desirable.

> But let's just get it compiling natively on OpenBSD first!

This is the only option I'd be willing to entertain for my own use.


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