Archive of September 2013

Debian Privacy Remix

I want to introduce you another privacy-flavoured Linux distribution. It's called → Debian Privacy Remix (I will call it DPR) but it has nothing to do with Ubuntu Privacy Remix.

DPR comes as a Live-DVD preconfigured with several privacy enhancing tools like TOR and pidgin-otr. It is based on the stable branch of Debian GNU/Linux. The maintainer states:

Let`s not confuse privacy with secrecy. We do a lot of things that are private, but not secret. You close the door when you go to the toilet, and you put your letters in envelopes. Why should your computer be any different? When you send an instant message, it travels through the web unencrypted. Companies and repressive governments can track your online activities, what you search for and what webpages you visit and they store that data for a very long time. Whenever you send an (unencrypted) email it may get scanned for keywords and read in the name of "national security". Because privacy is your right, even on the internet, Debian Privacy Remix contains a preinstalled set of tools to help you protect it. Most notably you can browse the web anonymously with advanced onion routing using Tor. (https://www.torproject.org/) You can chat with your friends on MSN, Yahoo, IRC, etc. with Pidgin and its Off-the-record (OTR) plugin that offers strong encryption. (Note that you have to enable the plugin under Tools -> Addons. Please also disable logging under Tools -> Preferences -> Logging) It also contains Skype, that encrypts its voicecalls by default. Bleachbit is an application that frees disk space, removes hidden junk from your hard drive and protects your privacy. The Iceweasel (Firefox) web browser has several plugins preinstalled to ensure your privacy on the web: HTTPS Everywhere, Flashblock, Torbutton, Element Hiding Helper, Adblock Plus and Better Privacy. The Icedove/Thunderbird mail client has the Enigmail GPG encryption plugin installed and ready to use, and you can encrypt files on your hard drive using GPG.

I will test it and provide the results in a seperated post here so stay tuned!

Update: Unfortunately I wasn't able to get more than 22,9% of the torrent. Debian Privacy Remix seems to be a dead project.

Argon (SMS-based media player with XMB GUI)

Today I found another interesting homebrew app for my old PS2: Argon. I didn't even notice it but it's in developement since 2006. Seems to combine great design with even greater functionality. Get it → here, → here or → here.

Update: I've tried Argon now and downloaded it from psx-scene. I don't know why the above image showed off when I did an image search for "Argon" but the app itselfs looks a bit simpler than that. Unfortunately you cannot set the video mode like you set it in SMS but some people reported that you can run it via GSM. I'll try that later but I'm not very optimistic.

Besides that, the app looks promising and has some functionality which are missing in SMS plus the great look and feel of a XMB style media player. There are still some things to do but they're on a good way.

Update 2: I've been digging through Argon's thread on psx-scene. It seems that it's creator has stopped the developement of Argon and denies to publish the source code. According to other members the creator has violated the GPL by porting OpenTyrian to the PS2 as closed-source and is gone mad after some other users asked for the source.

Some links for your privacy enhancement

I've recently added some links to my "Chyrp Roll" that could be useful if you'd like to enhance your privacy experience while surfing the WWW.

  • → anonsurvivalguide.wordpress.com/ is an interesting blog about Anonymous and offers some good instructions how to secure your internet communication
  • → prism-break.org/ is an useful collection of alternatives (to software or devices) you can use if you want to avoid privacy breaches

True story :D

You never learn, do you?