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DistroWatch.com: Whonix

Whonix

Last Update: 2017-08-26 01:22 UTC


Whonix is an operating system focused on anonymity, privacy and security. It is based on the Tor anonymity network, Debian GNU/Linux and security by isolation. Whonix consists of two parts: One solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which is called Whonix-Gateway. The other, which is called Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible. With Whonix, you can use applications and run servers anonymously over the Internet. DNS leaks are impossible, and even malware with root privileges cannot find out the user's real IP.

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Average visitor rating: 7/10 from 1 review(s).


Whonix Summary
Distribution Whonix
Home Page https://www.whonix.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forums.whonix.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Support
Screenshots https://www.whonix.org/
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Download
Bug Tracker
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Feature 13.0.0.1.1 12.0.0.3.2
Release Date 2016-05-31 2015-12-14
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1740-2005  
Free Download OVA OVA
Installation n/a n/a
Default Desktop KDE KDE
Package Management DEB (APT) DEB (APT)
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List 13.0.0.1.1 12.0.0.3.2
Package 13.0.0.1.1 12.0.0.3.2
abiword (3.0.2) -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.0.28 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 4.3
bind (9.11.2) -- 9.9.5
chromium (62.0.3202.94) -- --
cups (2.2.6) 1.7.5 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.1 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.7) 1.42.12 1.42.12
firefox (57.0) 38.8.0 38.4.0
freetype (2.8.1) 2.5.2 2.5.2
gcc (7.2.0) 4.9.2 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.22) -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.19 2.19
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- --
gnucash (2.6.18-1) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.36) -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.14.5 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.29) -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- --
k3b (17.08.3) -- --
kmod (24) 18 18
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.4.3) -- --
linux (4.14.1) 3.16.7 3.16.7
Package 13.0.0.1.1 12.0.0.3.2
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.10) -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- --
mesa (17.2.5) 10.3.2 10.3.2
mysql (5.7.20) -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (8u151) -- --
openssh (7.6p1) -- --
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.1k 1.0.1
perl (5.26.1) 5.20.2 5.20.2
php (7.1.12) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.3) 4.11.13 4.11.13
postfix (3.2.4) -- --
postgresql (10.1) -- --
Python (3.6.3) 2.7.9 2.7.9
qt (5.9.2) 4.8.6 4.8.6
samba (4.7.3) 4.2.10 4.1.17
systemd (235) 215 215
thunderbird (52.4.0) -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.1 2.2.0
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- --
xorg-server (1.19.5) 1.16.4 1.16.4

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Version: 13.0.0.1.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-10-08
Votes: 1


Whonix is, as is made clear in other summaries, intended to be run in a virtual machine.

Whonix on windows or debian is okay. While whonix makes tor much safer, it bears all the bugs from its version with debian on top of the bugs and quirks of your hypervisor. Combining it with snapshots or images will allow you to revert back to a clean version periodically, keeping you more secure from malware that persist from an earlier session.

It obviously includes the tor browser, but also generic firefox and chromium. Its also packaged with programs like the IRC client Hexchat configured for tor and Libreoffice applications for document editing.

QubeOS users get the most out of whonix, since disposable Vm's and running your updates through the whonix gateway is easy. You simply arrange the network of your non-whonix vms to be under the whonix gateway (whonix-gw).

If you use tor and dont need direct access to the files of your browser, its worth trying out.


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