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[tor-talk] All I Want For X-mas: TorPhone
With all of the great development happening around the Tor network this
holiday season, it seems fitting to ask for something that would help me
out tremendously: TorPhone.
We have a great back-end network, a sweet browser for most platforms
[f/iOS & WP], and a kick-ass portable OS, just to name a few. However,
these do not necessarily meet my needs, and I presume the needs of many
others, when on the road, which I am always on.
I propose, and please point me in the correct direction if I am
overlooking something that already exists, a bare-bones WiFi-only mobile
Ideally it would run an open OS tied to an open organization and come
with nothing installed on it except for a mobile version of TorBrowser.
The best example I can think of now is a forked version of Android with
Orweb/bot installed. Other applications could be installed at the
discretion of the human, like F-Droid and whatnot, presuming they meet
the security ethics of the network.
I could take most any Android device and only use WiFi but most
offerings are through a cellular service provider on a WiFi-only SIM. I
could also just avoid using a cellular SIM altogether but the devices
still come preloaded with all kinds of stuff that do things I don't want
them to, like tracking and reporting, most of which can only be
disabled, not uninstalled, at least not by me. I could also throw an
Android alternative on it but in most cases that requires entering into
a contract with the manufacturer regarding the now unlocked bootloader,
let alone the learning curve of actually doing so. And I could get a
device that comes without a locked bootloader like a Jolla running
Sailfish or a OnePlus running CyanogenMod, though they are also quite
tied to either a manufacturer or a provider, or both. If Android isn't
the best option, what is?
Knowing very little about compiling or securing software, like most
people, this out of the box experience seems quite valuable.
If this is a reasonable request, and if this is the right place to make
such a request, I am all aboard with assisting development in anyway
that I can; form development, mechanical engineering, interface,
experience, packaging, whatever...I just want to see a truly usable
mobile device in my hand, and the hands of others.
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