[guardian-dev] tor browser troubles

Nathan Freitas nathan at freitas.net
Sun Jul 14 03:04:17 EDT 2019

On Sun, Jul 14, 2019, at 3:08 AM, Greg Troxel wrote:
> I'm not sure if this is an appropriate  place or  not, but I seem to be
> getting tor browser alpha and now non-alpha from the guardian project
> f-droid repo.

Hello from the Tor Project meeting in Stockholm! 

> I was on the "tor browser for android (alpha)" program for quite some
> time.  There was just an update to 60.8.0.  Installing that (I think the
> arm64 build) caused the app to crash (I think just after connecting to
> tor) repeatedly, while 60.7.0 worked fine.

The alpha is definitely unstable, and the 64bit build experimental.

That said, we now have true 64bit arm and x86 builds of the Tor deamon for Android, so that will be fixed soon.

> I then noticed there is also "Tor Browser", also at 60.8.0.  I
> uninstalled the alpha, and installed "Tor Browser" (armeabi-v7a), and it
> works fine.

Great. This is the current production release.

> I also noticed that the non-alpha no longer incorrectly claims you need
> orbot.

Yup! All good with embedded Tor. No need for Orbot if you just want to browse the web.

> So it seems like the alpha should perhaps be discontinued.  I guess
> that means people don't get to migrate state, but that seems ok for
> leaving alpha.

Alpha may become Nightly or should be treated as very unstable.

> Thanks  to everyone who works on this; I am now used to the Internet of
> Onion Things and wouldn't want to be without.
> _______________________________________________

Yes we wouldn't want that either!

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