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How we develop Tor Browser

Ten days ago, Mullvad released Mullvad Browser. I was involved in its development, being part of the applications team at the Tor Project.

So, I would like to use this occasion to describe how we maintain Tor Browser and the similarities with Mullvad Browser.

Firefox ESR

Tor Browser is a fork of Firefox. However, we are a small team, and we cannot stay on pass with the rapid release channel of Mozilla.

Instead, our starting point is the extended support release, the version geared towards enterprises.

It is not an old Firefox, but a channel Mozilla actively supports for about one year. Like the rapid release, it receives monthly updates, typically only with security patches. It rarely receives new features.

This is an enormous advantage because we can quickly update Tor Browser without auditing the changes. Moreover, these few changes are unlikely to create conflicts to be manually merged and reviewed carefully. … [Leggi il resto]