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Jun 27 2019

Patrick removed a project from T891: upgrade build_sources/rpi-preferences for Debian 10/ buster: Whonix 15.
Jun 27 2019, 10:35 AM · build, Whonix

Apr 23 2019

Patrick triaged T908: copy Whonix VM images to Whonix-Host and set up during build as Normal priority.
Apr 23 2019, 1:41 PM · build, VirtualBox, Whonix-Host, Whonix

Apr 6 2019

Patrick removed a project from T891: upgrade build_sources/rpi-preferences for Debian 10/ buster: Debian version 10 codename Buster.
Apr 6 2019, 5:20 PM · build, Whonix

Apr 4 2019

Patrick added a comment to T605: speed up libvirt tarball creation time.

Please kindly consider jointing the related discussion improving compression of Whonix image downloads:
https://forums.whonix.org/t/improving-compression-of-whonix-image-downloads/7086

Apr 4 2019, 8:17 PM · Whonix, build, KVM

Feb 15 2019

marmarek added a comment to T709: port Whonix package build process to Qubes package build process.

To build a package with qubes-builder, you need to add Makefile.builder file with just one line: DEBIAN_BUILD_DIRS := debian. This will tell qubes-builder that given repository contains Debian package.
Alternatively, if that would be too much of a problem, it should be easy to add an option that do auto detection (probably just looks for debian directory).

Feb 15 2019, 12:20 AM · security, Qubes, build, Whonix

Feb 14 2019

Patrick added projects to T709: port Whonix package build process to Qubes package build process: build, Qubes, security.
Feb 14 2019, 8:01 PM · security, Qubes, build, Whonix
Patrick updated the task description for T615: use Reproducible Builds Experimental Toolchain by Debian.
Feb 14 2019, 7:45 PM · Whonix, Verifiable Builds, build

Jan 20 2019

Patrick triaged T891: upgrade build_sources/rpi-preferences for Debian 10/ buster as Normal priority.
Jan 20 2019, 6:13 AM · build, Whonix

Dec 9 2018

Patrick lowered the priority of T605: speed up libvirt tarball creation time from High to Wishlist.
Dec 9 2018, 6:52 AM · Whonix, build, KVM

Dec 7 2018

Patrick closed T881: remove attempts to hide CPU information from VM in VirtualBox as Resolved.
Dec 7 2018, 12:09 PM · build, VirtualBox, Whonix 15, Whonix, Whonix 14
Patrick removed a project from T615: use Reproducible Builds Experimental Toolchain by Debian: Whonix 15.
Dec 7 2018, 12:03 PM · Whonix, Verifiable Builds, build
Patrick removed a project from T687: Supress VB error messages.: Whonix 15.
Dec 7 2018, 11:58 AM · build, VirtualBox, Whonix, usability

Dec 3 2018

HulaHoop added a comment to T881: remove attempts to hide CPU information from VM in VirtualBox.

There's been research showing that trying to hide CPU information in a virtualizer is futile.

Dec 3 2018, 7:07 PM · build, VirtualBox, Whonix 15, Whonix, Whonix 14

Nov 28 2018

Patrick triaged T881: remove attempts to hide CPU information from VM in VirtualBox as Normal priority.
Nov 28 2018, 7:43 AM · build, VirtualBox, Whonix 15, Whonix, Whonix 14

Aug 8 2018

Patrick closed T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live as Resolved.

It will still depend on the user looking out for this indicator. Easiest is probably something like notify-send with a high duration time so a user will see it and click it away. Could be made part of whonixcheck or maybe use whonixcheck itself instead.

Aug 8 2018, 10:27 AM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Jul 17 2018

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

I opened a small pull request for grub-live. Also the alternative version ro-mode-init lives at https://github.com/Algernon-01/ro-mode-init

Jul 17 2018, 11:29 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Jun 30 2018

Patrick closed T790: Reducing the size of raw files as Resolved.
Jun 30 2018, 12:34 PM · build, KVM, VirtualBox, Whonix, Whonix 15

Apr 30 2018

Onion_Knight added a comment to T790: Reducing the size of raw files.

virt-sparsify solution dropped because needs booting the image with qemu-system (not clean, to much unknown consequences, see attached ouptut).

Apr 30 2018, 3:50 PM · build, KVM, VirtualBox, Whonix, Whonix 15
Onion_Knight added a comment to T790: Reducing the size of raw files.
Apr 30 2018, 11:54 AM · build, KVM, VirtualBox, Whonix, Whonix 15

Apr 26 2018

Patrick triaged T790: Reducing the size of raw files as Normal priority.
Apr 26 2018, 9:25 AM · build, KVM, VirtualBox, Whonix, Whonix 15

Mar 7 2018

Patrick closed T505: do not use tput if variable TERM is empty as Resolved.
Mar 7 2018, 1:24 AM · Whonix, build, whonix-initializer, rads, whonixsetup, curl-scripts, whonix-base-files, msgcollector, Whonix 14, bug
Patrick closed T610: use tor+http / apt-transport-tor rather than Acquire::BlockDotOnion "false"; as Resolved.
Mar 7 2018, 1:11 AM · Whonix, anon-shared-build-apt-sources-tpo, build, whonix-repository, anon-apt-sources-list, Whonix 14

Jan 12 2018

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

It will still depend on the user looking out for this indicator. Easiest is probably something like notify-send with a high duration time so a user will see it and click it away. Could be made part of whonixcheck or maybe use whonixcheck itself instead.

Jan 12 2018, 2:50 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Jan 9 2018

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

What would be useful is some sort of indication on the desktop that system is running in live mode vs persistent mode.

Jan 9 2018, 3:43 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Jan 7 2018

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Merged.

Jan 7 2018, 12:59 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Jan 6 2018

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

ip=frommedia needs to be added to the kernel command line otherwise the network interfaces won't be configured in live mode. I uploaded the changes to the repo.

Jan 6 2018, 8:35 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 21 2017

Patrick raised the priority of T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live from Low to Normal.
Dec 21 2017, 9:50 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Patrick renamed T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live from Whonix live mode to Whonix live mode / grub-live.
Dec 21 2017, 9:50 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 17 2017

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Sure, I'll add instructions for the installation and some general remarks around live mode to the Whonix live wiki entry.

Dec 17 2017, 1:11 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 15 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Added to https://github.com/Whonix/Whonix/tree/master/packages, build, and uploaded to Whonix (14) developers repository.

Dec 15 2017, 9:26 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 12 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Test wise installed the package.

Dec 12 2017, 3:21 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Hmm, odd it did not work for you. I tested it with the whonix build script and also the upgrade from 13 to 14 with the local packages repo. Both produced the correct GRUB menu with all options.
What did you do, just copying 11_linux to /etc/grub.d/ and running update-grub I guess?

Dec 12 2017, 12:34 AM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 11 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Fixed.

Dec 11 2017, 5:49 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.
Dec 11 2017, 5:40 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Perfect!

Dec 11 2017, 2:57 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 10 2017

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Made the file somewhat smaller:
https://github.com/Algernon-01/grub-live/commit/c8f8a24dbac305cdbbff0d2d53d14b699cc4a2b4

Dec 10 2017, 10:02 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 9 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

/etc/grub.d/11_linux_live is still a lot code duplication.

Dec 9 2017, 11:25 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Should boot=live union=overlay plainroot be injected at line https://github.com/adrelanos/grub-live/blob/master/etc/grub.d/11_linux_live#L353 as well?

Dec 9 2017, 10:39 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Changes for initramfs-tools based live system:
https://github.com/Whonix/anon-meta-packages/pull/7

Dec 9 2017, 10:19 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Changes for initramfs-tools based live system:

Dec 9 2017, 12:59 AM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 4 2017

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Most of them don't seem to interact with the normal boot process, right?

Dec 4 2017, 9:52 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Algernon (Algernon):> Packages would be: live-boot, live-config-systemd,

live-config-initramfs-tools, live-tools.

Dec 4 2017, 9:36 AM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 3 2017

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Packages would be: live-boot, live-config-systemd, live-config-initramfs-tools, live-tools.
I'm wondering if then there really needs to be an extra package for the other files. Currently only the apparmor config for the new home and alias as well as the grub config file would be in there. I think the apparmor related edits could also be merged with the files in the apparmor-profile-anondist. There are some packages for grub but they all have a quite specific name. So either make a dedicated grub-live package or make the live patch package as before or merge the grub config file somewhere else.

Dec 3 2017, 9:50 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Dec 2 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

As stated here: https://forums.whonix.org/t/replacing-initramfs-tools-with-dracut-for-live-systems/4487
there is still option 5 if you feel uncomfortable with dracut in general.

Dec 2 2017, 8:17 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

As stated here: https://forums.whonix.org/t/replacing-initramfs-tools-with-dracut-for-live-systems/4487
there is still option 5 if you feel uncomfortable with dracut in general.
A "normal" live system with overlayfs should be possible without patches. We would mostly need to pull in some debian live packages.
Copying the whole filesystem to RAM would not work without patches. Of course there is no possibility to use device mapper though maybe most end users won't care about that.
Some minor edits to the grub config file and apparmor stuff would be required.

Dec 2 2017, 12:39 AM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Nov 30 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

For reference:

Nov 30 2017, 11:35 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build
Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

I changed the patches so the dracut version from stretch is now used and therefore no apt pinning and changes to the sources.list is required.
It also seems like the stretch version, in contrast to same version from upstream, can use overlayfs since the debian package maintainer added some (undocumented) parameters.
Appending "rootovl" to the kernel commandline and using root=UUID=... (so without the "live:") will mount an overlayfs filesystem over / . So not too much loss compared to the version in testing.

Nov 30 2017, 7:31 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Nov 21 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.


Attached is the more or less final patch with only minor changes mostly related to apparmor profiles.

Nov 21 2017, 6:36 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Nov 20 2017

Algernon added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

Attached is the more or less final patch with only minor changes mostly related to apparmor profiles.
The bindp package was also missing for i386, this is required when upgrading from 13 to 14 and reinstalling non-qubes-whonix-workstation. Therefore the architecture in the control file was changed from "any" to "all. I'll add the new instructions to the wiki and submit a pull request.
A minor issue might be the swap file creator. At the moment it runs at each boot, creates a new swap file and shreds it at shutdown. This takes of course some seconds more. The other option would be to keep the old swap-file-generator but this will always occupy 512MB RAM more when you boot the live system which could be spend for more useful things. Both cases are not optimal but I don't see any other options.

Nov 20 2017, 7:46 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build

Nov 13 2017

Patrick added a comment to T714: Whonix live mode / grub-live.

As it looks now, it will be easily possible to upgrade Whonix 13 i386 to
Whonix 14 i386. New Whonix 14 builds will be amd64. Looks pretty final.
I don't think it will change for Whonix 14. (That is for
Non-Qubes-Whonix.) (For Qubes-Whonix none of this matters, it always has
been amd64.)

Nov 13 2017, 8:53 PM · Whonix 15, Whonix, build