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2013: The year of Gnome security

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The goals

Privacy is always of key importance for all users no matter the case. Some may need more and some may need less, but what everyone surely needs is an easy and coherent way to choose their privacy settings through tools that are well and deeply integrated inside the system they are using instead of searching, installing and using various different tools to fill the gap.

2012 GUADEC in Spain seemed to kindle the flame of inspiration for the Gnome community to do more about security. Jacob Appelbaum of the Tor project delivered the opening keynote and suggested that Gnome security would be greatly enhanced if Tor was built in the environment.

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This keynote inspired everyone and a new Friends of GNOME campaign, aimed at making GNOME one of the most secure computing environments available.

Proceeds from the privacy fundraising campaign will be used to fund development efforts such as:

  • Application containment
  • Enhanced disk encryption support
  • Tor integration
  • User control over diagnostic reporting features
  • Robust VPN routing
  • Application integration with system-wide privacy settings
  • Controls for how GNOME devices are identified on local networks
  • Anti-phishing features for Web, GNOME’s web browser

So, is security one of the main reasons you are using Linux in the first place? Help make things even better in that front, and for the first time inside your favorite desktop environment by becoming a friend of Gnome!


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  • chrys

    Tor integration, sounds like cools stuff :).

  • Bastian Hougaard

    This is very nice and all, but as a donator I am also curious as to how resultful GNOME was at making 2012 the year of Accessibility. Will there be any reports on this from GNOME’s side? Would also love to hear feedback from the target group of these features.

  • Me

    They never did put my name up on the supporter page for 2012. Bastards.

    • Daniel Aleksandersen

      Same here.

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