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This is about [[!tails_ticket 10491]].
- Original post-its by Lunar:
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- Digital rewrite by SpencerOne:
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Current issues in Tails
- After Tails Greeter, it might be hard for some people to understand where
to click on the GNOME desktop to connect a Wi-Fi network.
- It's not possible to go from direct Tor connection to bridge mode in case
you realize once in the session that you actually need them to connect.
- It's hard to know whether you need to log in through a captive portal.
- There's no way of triggering Tor to reconnect after logging in through a
- Configuring bridges is done in two steps: (1) activate in the Greeter and
(2) configure in Tor Launcher. It can be scary for people who cannot afford
connecting without bridges to postponed the configuration after the session
- Bridges, firewall and proxy have to be configured again each time.
- There is no visual feedback on whether the connection to Tor is making
- If MAC spoofing fails but I decide that it's OK not to spoof MAC in my
situation, then I have to reboot Tails all the way.
- What's left from this configuration process on the desktop after Tor is
- What do we do with the NetworkManager applet?
- Do we allow changing or visualizing the current settings?
- What's the best way of asking for bridges, keeping in mind
situations where people might be at risk if they don't use them?
- Lunar's proposal: Say you're at risk in the Greeter, then configure
bridges in the session.
- other possibility: Do everything in the session (offline mode and MAC
spoofing could still be optional settings in the Greeter), if so how?
- if we have persistent network configuration (for example bridges) per
local network, then this might conflict (or duplicate) the fact of
asking about bridges in the Greeter
- bridges might be needed on a give local network but not on
another, would it be possible to ask about that *after* selecting
the local network?
- Could we, technically speaking, do something more useful about the failure
of MAC spoofing than disabling the interface? in the Greeter? in the session?
- Should we ask for confirmation before disabling the interface?
- How shall we integrate the captive portal browser on the desktop in case we
need to get back to it (to log in again, to log out)?
- Lunar's proposal: as a detached windows
- other possibility: invisible browser by default, can be displayed again somehow
- [[Captive portal detection|detect_captive_portals]]