Bug #15748

Is Tor still slow?

Added by 0x20 2018-07-22 14:32:16 . Updated 2019-02-20 20:08:39 .

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The documentation for the Tails Project has a section titled “Why is Tor slow?”. This leads to the question of is Tor still slow. Most page loads for me haven’t taken too long. (2 to 3 seconds - it’s of course slower than Google Chrome without any anonymity protections) A more fair description of the problem is “why is latency high on Tor?” though that’s still a minimal issue. Of course this all varies on the user’s internet speed. This is my experience on a connection in a first world country. I cannot speak for the Tor experience in non first world countries. Should this section in the documentation go into more depth on the challenges or be left as is. Thoughts?



#1 Updated by sajolida 2018-07-26 18:44:10

  • Status changed from New to Confirmed

Thanks 0x20 for raising the issue!

I agree that the speed of Tor has seen drastic improvements since we wrote this page many years ago and I don’t think this deserves a dedicated page in our documentation anymore. But the content of this page is still relevant and people still usually find Tor slower than the normal Internet (which is true, and people have been used to instant loading of pages)

Still, I think it would be an improvement to the structure of our documentation to:

  • Move /doc/about/tor in the “Anonymous Internet” section (that’s little related I admit).
  • Move /doc/anonymous_internet/why_tor_is_slow as a section of /doc/about/tor; adjust /doc/about/tor accordingly.

I’m making this part of Feature #15411 because it’s important to keep a clean and relevant index in our doc.

#2 Updated by sajolida 2018-07-26 18:44:21

  • blocks Feature #15411: Core work 2018Q2 → 2018Q3: Technical writing added

#3 Updated by sajolida 2018-09-11 17:54:32

  • blocks Feature #15941: Core work 2018Q4 → 2019Q2: Technical writing added

#4 Updated by sajolida 2018-09-11 17:54:35

  • blocked by deleted (Feature #15411: Core work 2018Q2 → 2018Q3: Technical writing)

#5 Updated by sajolida 2018-11-18 18:04:12

  • Assignee set to sajolida
  • Type of work changed from Discuss to End-user documentation

#6 Updated by sajolida 2019-02-20 20:08:39

  • Assignee deleted (sajolida)

We’re too busy and it’s less important than the rest of our plate.

#7 Updated by sajolida 2019-02-20 20:08:48

  • blocked by deleted (Feature #15941: Core work 2018Q4 → 2019Q2: Technical writing)