[Tor-BSD] equivalent of TBB for *BSD?

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Mon Sep 23 16:54:08 EDT 2013

On 09/23/2013 01:24 PM, Heptas Torres wrote:
> On 9/23/13, George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:
>> Linus Nordberg:
>>> George Rosamond <george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote
>>> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 07:38:10 -0400:
>>> | > Is there any Tor Browser Bundle equivalent for *BSD? In the ports of
>>> | > FreeBSD and OpenBSD I only see Tor clients, but not TBB (or
>>> | > equivalents).
>>> |
>>> | Well, tor and tor-devel are both clients and servers.   They can be
>>> used
>>> | with the browser (any, but preferably Firefox) or any other
>>> | socks-compatible TCP application.  This issue came up a while back so
>>> | check the archives.
>>> The browser that comes with the Tor Browser Bundle (TBB) is a Firefox
>>> with changes that makes it less insecure to use from a privacy
>>> perspective. See https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser/design
>>> for information on what TBB does.
>> Yup.  There is not only a long list of about:config edits that are done,
>> but also other patches.
>>> | It would be a nice goal to have a TBB that *just works* with the BSDs
>>> | and is in ports/pkgs.
>>> Yes.
>> Well, that should be an achievable goal by people on this list.. .
> Even so, I am wondering whether *BSDs would be a good choice as a Tor
> client, primarily on a desktop environment and for browsing. The
> current infrastructure of *BSDs with unsigned packages makes it risky
> to verify the source (unless one compiles the packages from source -
> out of question for less skilled people). No critique here - I like
> *BSDs, but the lack of a TBB and unsigned packages make them not so
> appealing for privacy-related stuff.

Not sure about the unsigned package issue - I know pkgng on FreeBSD 
supports signed packages, and IIRC so does NetBSD pkgs.

Maybe I am missing something though...


Pete Wright
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