Fri. Aug 7th, 2020

Obscurix v0.3.1-alpha releases: live operating system that is heavily configured for privacy, security and anonymity

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Obscurix is a live operating system based on Arch Linux that is heavily configured for privacy, security, and anonymity. It safely forces all traffic through the Tor network, has support for other networks such as I2P and is hardened a lot for security. All data is lost at shutdown as it is run from RAM.

Obscurix is not affiliated with Arch Linux, the Tor Project, I2P, the Freenet Project or anything else. It is produced independently.

How can I trust this?

Obscurix tries to be as transparent as possible. This is why the source code is available for you to audit and the documentation explains everything well.

The iso on the website can be verified to be the same as if you had built it from source code yourself. You can do this by building the iso from the source, downloading the iso from the website and checking the hashes to see if they match.

The Tor Browser archive that is included in Obscurix has been manually verified with GPG and checksums. You can also verify it with GPG yourself and will see that it is signed by the Tor Project.

How is this different from Tails?

Tails is similar to Obscurix but the major differences between them are that Obscurix supports multiple networks unlike Tails and is based on Arch rather than Debian so you get the newest updates for software.

It also does not modify the Tor Browser (unlike Tails) so your browser fingerprint will stay the same as all other Tor Browser users.

How is this different from Whonix?

Whonix is another anonymity focused operating system. It is meant to be run inside virtual machines instead of from a USB like Obscurix. Whonix has a more leak-proof method of forcing all traffic through Tor but it isn’t amnesiac or forensics resistant like Obscurix.

What’s the point?

The point of Obscurix is to have a secure, easy to use the operating system that is resistant to multiple forms of tracking and surveillance.

Government agencies are monitoring everything you do online as shown in the Snowden leaks. This is why it is vital to have secure systems where we can communicate securely and privately.

Why is the time in Obscurix wrong?

The timezone in Obscurix is set to UTC to prevent you from being identified by your timezone. This means the clock may be wrong for some people. It is recommended to not change it as it could be used to single you out from other Obscurix users.

Can I use a VPN in Obscurix?

No. See the relevant documentation.

What does “Obscurix” mean?

“Obscurix” is a fusion of “Obscure” and “*nix”.

Changelog v0.3.1-alpha

This is alpha software. Don’t rely on it for strong anonymity yet.


  • Xpra is used for X11 sandboxing to isolate X windows from each other
  • Other sandboxing improvements
  • Removed more setuid/setgid bits from binaries to reduce the attack surface
  • Updated Tor Browser to 9.0.2
  • Updated everything else
  • Disabled memdisk as it’s broken with Linux-hardened due to CONFIG_DEVMEM=n
  • Minor bug fixes/improvements