Tor Packages

Anthony Yarusso tonyyarusso at
Thu Sep 27 20:12:41 BST 2007

On Thu, 2007-09-27 at 11:18 -0400, Benj. Mako Hill wrote:
> I've been asked by Tor developers if it would be possible to remove the
> tor package (which is in universe) from future Ubuntu releases. The
> software can (and should?) stay in the repository and in development
> versions but should be released.
> Tor is anonymity software and routinely fixes bugs and implements new
> features that work around problems that compromise users' anonymity.
> The software's developers believe that is better to have no package at
> all in a release than to have packages that are up to 18 months old and
> which will, in all likelihood, provide users with a false sense of
> anonymity.
> For Tor users on Ubuntu up-to-date versions for currently maintained
> Ubuntu releases can be found here:
> Does this sound reasonable to folks?
> Regards,
> Mako
> -- 
> Benjamin Mako Hill
> mako at
> Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so
> far as society is free to use the results. --RMS
Perhaps it would be feasible to create a package similar to the one for
the non-free flash plugin that is just a script to download it from
current sources?  I'm not sure how that would work technically, but it
seems like it would be nice to have something in the repos, or we'll
have confused users wondering where it went / why it's not packaged.

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