April 15, 2020
Ease of installation and timely software upgrade on popular stable Linux distributions such as Debian is important to gain better usability and greater adaption.
A higher share of privacy conscious users are using Linux rather than Windows.
This is also a preparatory step for installation of Monero by default in (privacy focused) Linux operating systems such as Whonix (which I happen to be the founder). Other Debian based Linux distributions such as Tails (also privacy focused) are welcome to use the package as well.
Instructions for users, simplified.
How to install monero GUI using apt-get
Download the repository signing key.
Add the signing key.
sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/monero.gpg add ~/patrick.asc
Add APT repository.
echo "deb https://deb.whonix.org buster main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/monero.list
Update your package lists.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install monero-gui
The focus is the user. Usability. No frills.
I would simply grab the monero-gui binaries provided by getmonero.org, download them, check software (gpg) signatures, put these into deb packages, add these to a Debian package repository, and upload the repository.
What I would not do is creating the binaries during package build process. While this is nice to have, it doesn't help user experience and blocks the progress on reaching this goal. See next chapter.
The monero-gui binary includes it all:
Therefore monero-gui package would come with all of that too. The package would be usable by both, desktop and headless computers.
Hosting on whonix.org rather than getmonero.org to keep maintenance effort low. Therefore no coordination with getmonero.org DNS required. Saves money for purchasing a domain. Contributes to decentralization since the maintainer of Whonix would maintain the Monero Debian packages independently. Maintaining another package on the domain which hosts many packages already is lower effort than a completely separate Debian package repository.
packages.debian.org is out of scope since Debian does not upgrade often enough to keep up with Monero fork cycle and for other reasons as well.
64 bit only.
The contents of monero-gui will be placed in folder
/usr/share/monero/monero-gui-v0.14.1.0, unmodified. Folder
/usr/bin will contain wrapper scripts pointing to the binaries in
1) After bitcoin existing for more than 10 years, being popular and being in Debian unstable (sid) it still never made its way into Debian testing, let alone stable. Reason being explained that a difference in underlying libraries (even just security fixes) during compilation may result in a network split. Binaries compiled during packaging on different versions of Linux distributions might have different libraries that might cause a network fork / chain split.
(Note: above website saying Tags:
fixed-upstream is probably a mistake as discussion at bottom says.)
2) The github issue of packaging monero stalled.
3) By shipping the same binaries as provided by getmonero.org reduces the chances of introducing a backdoor.
deb https://deb.whonix.org buster main as per above
monero-gui package from the repository.
Installation of Monero by default in Whonix. While Monero will very likely be installed by default in Whonix it is not guaranteed and not part of this proposal. I've already posted a number of comments on monero GUI issue tracker which should help to ensure that Monero keeps suitable for installation by default in Whonix, see this list.
(Includes initial packaging and and maintenance until the end of the year 2020.)
Doable quickly within 1 week.
By comparison, the electrum (bitcoin) AppImage was recently added to a Debian package (binaries-freedom) by me and is now easily installable in Whonix. Pre-installed in stable version of Whonix already.
I am the founder of Whonix, which I am maintaining at present for more than 8 years.
Whonix (formerly TorBOX) is a Debian GNU/Linuxbased security-focused Linux distribution. It aims to provide privacy, security and anonymity on the internet.
You can see an overview of packages I am maintaining on my github profile.
To proof that this monero gitlab account
adrelanos corresponds the same person maintaining whonix.org, it is added here.
Thanks to @rehrar for helping me with this proposal!
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