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Whonix

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 115 (78), 6 months: 103 (117), 3 months: 105 (112), 4 weeks: 148 (44), 1 week: 141 (43)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 4 review(s).


Whonix Summary
Distribution Whonix
Home Page https://www.whonix.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forums.whonix.org/
Alternative User Forums
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 14.0.0.9.9 13.0.0.1.4 12.0.0.3.2
Release Date 2018-12-19 2016-12-21 2015-12-14
End Of Life   2018-09  
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 300-900 1800-2200  
Free Download OVA OVA OVA
Installation -- -- --
Default Desktop Xfce KDE KDE
Package Management DEB (APT) DEB (APT) DEB (APT)
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 14.0.0.9.9 13.0.0.1.4 12.0.0.3.2
Package 14.0.0.9.9 13.0.0.1.4 12.0.0.3.2
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.3 1.0.28 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.3 4.3
bind (9.14.1) -- -- --
chromium (74.0.3729.108) -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.1 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.12
firefox (66.0.3) -- 45.5.1 38.4.0
freetype (2.10.0) 2.6.3 2.5.2 2.5.2
gcc (8.3.0) 6.3.0 4.9.2 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.10) -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.24 2.19 2.19
gnome-shell (3.32.1) -- -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.02beta2
gtk (3.24.8) 3.22.11 3.14.5 3.14.5
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- --
k3b (19.04.0) -- -- --
kmod (26) 23 18 18
krita (4.1.8) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.3) -- -- --
linux (5.0.9) 4.9.130 3.16.36 3.16.7
Package 14.0.0.9.9 13.0.0.1.4 12.0.0.3.2
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.14) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) -- -- --
mesa (19.0.3) 13.0.6 10.3.2 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) -- -- --
NVIDIA (418.56) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) -- -- --
openssl (1.1.1b) 1.1.0j 1.0.1t 1.0.1k
perl (5.28.2) 5.24.1 5.20.2 5.20.2
php (7.3.4) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) -- 4.11.13 4.11.13
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- --
postgresql (11.2) -- -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.9
qt (5.12.3) 5.7.1 4.8.6 4.8.6
samba (4.10.2) -- -- --
systemd (242) 232 215 215
thunderbird (60.6.1) -- 45.5.1 31.8.0
vim (8.1) 8.0 7.4 7.4
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.3 2.2.4 2.2.0
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 -- --
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.19.2 1.16.4 1.16.4

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.0
from 4 review(s)



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Version: 14.0.0.9.9
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-04-01
Votes: 5


Using Whonix for while i like some things most that are really important to me.

1. There is a really good and detailed wiki and other manuals, about the how, the why and more detailed how to use and make things. In my opinion it is as good as the arch wiki and ubuntuusers.de(for the german community)

2. They are not just give an routine form, but show alternatives for how(and sometimes even if) you should do something.

3. It's working. As far as my experiences are, pretty good.

I would wish there is more usage and even more possibilities to check, how good the project is really working, for non-developers and non-security experts. But i dont think this is a project problem, but more of users should get involved more.

The only reason Whonix dindnt get 10 of 10 was, they are recommending to help giving the project a good rating on chip.de . Really cant understand that way for Downloads or/and recomandations...( https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Contribute#Vote )




Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 14.0.0.9.9
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-10
Votes: 5


I am an avid Whonix 14 user. Currently, I am using the
XFCE versions of both the Gateway and Workstation. Each runs
as a separate virtual machine and together they are a VERY
secure and solid anonymity platform. My host system is Debian 9.

I have not experienced any bugs, the systems run quickly
and efficiently, and you can have confidence in the fact that
your IP info/identity will remain hidden. A built in firewall, stream
isolation, and a secure, dedicated Tor gateway are all part
of the design. As an added bonus, DNS leaks are non-existent.
This OS can be optionally combined with different tunneling
solutions as well like SSH or a dedicated VPN.

Since the Gateway and Workstation are both run as virtual machines,
you are also afforded the isolation and built-in security of the hypervisor.

The documentation is very detailed, and their Wiki is thorough. There are instructions
on how to set up your system, troubleshooting, and several
subsections devoted to general anonymity tips, and host
hardening. There is an active forum as well. This is an active project
with very dedicated developers. Honestly, though,once you download the
ISOs (and remember to verify the signatures), using the Gateway and Workstation
is as easy as simply importing them into your virtualizer and running them.
Everything in each respective machine is preconfigured to use Tor
and ready to use. Read the documentation, update
regularly through apt-get, and you are good to go!

The XFCE desktop,for those who may be unfamiliar,is very light on resources.
Running it on a modern Core Intel processor is no problem at all.

If online security and anonymity are important to you, check out Whonix 14!
I give this OS a 10 out of 10


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 13.0.0.1.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-07
Votes: 1


It is pity that this os can not be use on hardrive. I want to install on hardrive. Make it install on it. No box.


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