Tor Packages

Benj. Mako Hill mako at
Thu Sep 27 16:18:12 BST 2007

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

For Tor users on Ubuntu up-to-date versions for currently maintained
Ubuntu releases can be found here:

Does this sound reasonable to folks?


Benjamin Mako Hill
mako at

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