Opened 5 months ago

Last modified 12 days ago

#30203 assigned defect

The "Download Tor Source Code" page is mixing source code and win32 binaries

Reported by: boklm Owned by: antonela
Priority: High Milestone:
Component: Webpages/Website Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: traumschule, gk Actual Points:
Parent ID: #29901 Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:

Description

The new "Download Tor Source Code" page is confusing because it provides links for Windows, MacOS and Linux. But the source code is platform independent, so there should be only one link that is good for any platform.

The OSX and Linux links are pointing to the source code, however the Windows one is not pointing to the source code, but to an old version of the expert bundle.

If in addition to the source code, we want to provide links to the Windows Tor binaries (which we used to call the "Expert Bundle" on the old website), the correct download links should be (for 32 and 64 bits versions):
https://dist.torproject.org/torbrowser/8.0.8/tor-win32-0.3.5.8.zip
https://dist.torproject.org/torbrowser/8.0.8/tor-win64-0.3.5.8.zip

Using variables from databags/versions.ini to create the URL, I think 8.0.8 is torbrowser-stable->version, and 0.3.5.8 is tor-win32-stable->version.

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Change History (10)

comment:1 Changed 5 months ago by boklm

I also opened #30204 to remove the win32/ directory from dist.tpo, as it can be confusing.

comment:2 Changed 5 months ago by gk

Priority: MediumHigh

#30266 is a duplicate. Bumping prio for the outdated Windows binaries we offer.

comment:3 Changed 5 months ago by gk

Cc: gk added

comment:4 Changed 5 months ago by antonela

Thanks bolkm.

Should https://www.torproject.org/download/tor/ looks like?
https://screenshots.firefox.com/NP6W3MkKCpFBd9wq/www.torproject.org

Which versions we should show?

Last edited 5 months ago by antonela (previous) (diff)

comment:5 in reply to:  4 Changed 5 months ago by boklm

Replying to antonela:

Thanks bolkm.

Should https://www.torproject.org/download/tor/ looks like?
https://screenshots.firefox.com/NP6W3MkKCpFBd9wq/www.torproject.org

Yes, I think the page looks good.

Which versions we should show?

I think we can show the stable and alpha versions. However the versions numbers on the screenshot are not correct.

Current versions are:

  • 0.3.5.8 for the stable
  • 0.4.0.4-rc for the alpha

I think we can use tor-stable and tor-alpha in databags/versions.ini.

And the download links should be pointing to:
https://dist.torproject.org/tor-0.3.5.8.tar.gz
https://dist.torproject.org/tor-0.4.0.4-rc.tar.gz

comment:6 Changed 5 months ago by hiro

I think this could be a good solution: https://share.riseup.net/#sqydaqO5OYR-72FeHfhbGw

comment:7 in reply to:  6 ; Changed 5 months ago by gk

Replying to hiro:

I think this could be a good solution: https://share.riseup.net/#sqydaqO5OYR-72FeHfhbGw

But it is still mixing source code with binaries while saying "Download Tor Source Code". Maybe we could label the while thing "Alternative Downloads" or something, indicating that we offer here a bunch of different (albeit related) things?

Last edited 5 months ago by gk (previous) (diff)

comment:8 in reply to:  7 ; Changed 2 weeks ago by ggus

Replying to gk:

Replying to hiro:

I think this could be a good solution: https://share.riseup.net/#sqydaqO5OYR-72FeHfhbGw

But it is still mixing source code with binaries while saying "Download Tor Source Code". Maybe we could label the while thing "Alternative Downloads" or something, indicating that we offer here a bunch of different (albeit related) things?

If we rename that section to: "Download little-t-tor", do you think it fix this issue?

comment:9 in reply to:  8 Changed 2 weeks ago by gk

Replying to ggus:

Replying to gk:

Replying to hiro:

I think this could be a good solution: https://share.riseup.net/#sqydaqO5OYR-72FeHfhbGw

But it is still mixing source code with binaries while saying "Download Tor Source Code". Maybe we could label the while thing "Alternative Downloads" or something, indicating that we offer here a bunch of different (albeit related) things?

If we rename that section to: "Download little-t-tor", do you think it fix this issue?

Works for me, although probably no one knows "little-t-tor" outside our dev community. So, it might not be a good solution that prominent on our download page. But "Download Tor network daemon" maybe? Dunno.

comment:10 in reply to:  7 Changed 12 days ago by antonela

Replying to gk:

Replying to hiro:

I think this could be a good solution: https://share.riseup.net/#sqydaqO5OYR-72FeHfhbGw

But it is still mixing source code with binaries while saying "Download Tor Source Code". Maybe we could label the while thing "Alternative Downloads" or something, indicating that we offer here a bunch of different (albeit related) things?

True. We are still mixing source code with binaries and is something that we want to fix once the developers portal is in place.

Now, I see Tor source code as a more critical downloadable than a windows expert bundle. That is why we have "Download Tor source code" in our current /download page.

If you still see it as a problem, I'm happy to rename this link with something like "Alternative Downloads" as arma/you suggested if that reflects better what it is inside.

Last edited 12 days ago by antonela (previous) (diff)
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