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[liberationtech] Qt TorBrowser

Griffin Boyce griffinboyce at
Sun Mar 17 10:29:34 PDT 2013

Randolph D. <rdohm321 at> wrote:

> > Using another developer's name is uncool
> this has not been done, it was a placeholder one year ago and replaced, as
> the developer denied.

  Between the app naming scheme, the questionable use of a developer
name *highly
similar *to an official Tor developer, use of a similar logo, and (most
importantly) not having updated the codebase in a year, this project raises
some serious alarm bells.

  Even it wasn't intentional, that doesn't mean it isn't a huge mistake.
 Even if it were audited, I would be hesitant to use or recommend it
because it appears to be trying to foster confusion.

  I'll be honest, I don't really accept the 'placeholder name' excuse,
particularly since my impression is that he was the only developer for this
project.  It would be much better to have a project titled "[Name] Browser"
and specify that it's designed to be compatible with Tor.  Not only is it
better for Tor, but it will help differentiate your project for users.

  (Whether it leaks user info remains to be seen, but it's notoriously
difficult to make privacy-enhancing software.  There are probably ten devs
with IDA Pro open right now seeing whether it's full of malware =P).


"What do you think Indians are supposed to look like?
What's the real difference between an eagle feather fan
and a pink necktie? Not much."
~Sherman Alexie

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