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SelekTOR 3 News Update Regarding Windows Version


Some folks appear to be still wondering what happened to the Windows version, as I mentioned in my previous post it has been discontinued along with its additional remote services such as recommended geoblock nodes and pattern updates.

I did not mention the reason as to why I have taken this step, well the reasons are purely financial i’m basically broke and cannot afford the time and resources spent on maintaining the Windows version without financial reward which in the case of SelekTOR 3 was zero purchases out of the numerous times it was downloaded.

It takes a great deal of my time to produce the Windows version as it is mainly developed on Linux and then additional code and third party libraries are bolted on to support Windows and all this has to be tested on Win XP, Vista and Win 7 operating systems.
Then their is the hosting and bandwidth to be paid for.

So the Windows folks wondering where this app has gone well maybe you should of purchased licences as im afraid in this world “thank you for this great program and congrats on a great app” don’t pay bills no matter how much i appreciate it.

I would be willing if enough folks want it to make the Windows version available again but only to those who wish to purchase it, their will be no more trial versions.
So if you wish to purchase SelekTOR 3 for Windows then leave me notification of your interest using the
Contact Us section of the website, if 20 or more users are interested then I will put up a purchase link and provide an updated SelekTOR 3 for Windows to those who wish to purchase it.

The reason this does not affect the Linux version and why it still remains free and now open source as well is simple, by using Linux I get lots of great software, a virus free stable OS for all my needs without paying a single cent and I decided that in return for all this free stuff I should at the very minimum give something back to the Linux community in return and thus the free Linux version.


SelekTOR 3 now Open Source.

If you have been following my blog or the SelekTOR news posts here at Dazzleships you will know that I intended to take SelekTOR open source under the GPL 2 license and also discontinue the Windows version well I can now report that this has come to pass.

SelekTOR for Linux V3.06 and all its source code including the Netbeans build forms are now available for download on the SelekTOR page.

I have separated the Binary from the Source and made them separate downloads as over the next couple of months I will be continuously updating the Javadoc information contained within the Source download but without adding in any code to warrant a full version change.

The Javadocs information is about 85% complete and I will get the rest done when I can.

Alistair Neil

SelekTOR and Channel 4

Some users of the latest Linux distros have reported not being able to access Channel 4 in the UK, Im afraid this is NOT a SelekTOR issue.

The latest distros no longer ship with the Hal package which is required on some sites such as Channel 4 that use Adobe Flash DRM.
Since Flash on Linux is no longer being developed it has not kept up with the development of Linux, the upshot being you wont be able to access Channel 4 unless you have the Hal packaged installed.
Unfortunately most distros have now removed the Hal package from their package repositories but thanks to some enterprising folks in the Arch and Ubuntu communities you can get it here by adding the following if you are using a Debian or Ubuntu based distro:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install hal

I have verified this works for the latest Ubuntu’s and Linux Mint.

For non-debian distros the solution is to install the hal package for your distro, if it is no longer shipped with your distro then hunt around and maybe grab it from a slightly older repository of your distro.

Future plans for SelekTOR

Hi folks

Over the next 6 months or so my plan is to take SelekTOR open-source as in released under a GPL license.

Unfortunately due to the lack of sales im afraid I will be discontinuing the Windows version at that time as I have to go out of my way to support that version and without suitable recompense i’m not willing to do it anymore so short of sales suddenly picking up, im afraid it will go the way of the dodo.

The Linux version will be released under a GPL license.


SelekTOR 3.05h Released

This release includes an updated GEOIP data file.


SelekTOR for Windows Licenses are now available for purchase.

I am now happy with the stability and functionality of the Windows version of SelekTOR 3 and have now made it available for purchase.

My apologies for the time it has taken for me to get it stable, being a full time dad has eaten into the time I have available to work on my pet projects.


SelekTOR 3.05g Released

Just minor tweaks, memory optimisations and a general code cleanup.


SelekTOR 3.05f Released


1) Fixed testing cycle hanging.
2) Removed runtime limitation on Windows Trial version.
3) Removed unlicensed expiry on Windows Trial version.
4) Removed timed nag dialog on Windows Trial version.
5) The Windows Trial version now only has a single limitation (No BBC).


SelekTOR 3.05e Released

1) More fixes to improve circuit building.
2) Increased timeout on comms between SelekTOR and the Tor client as some command replies were being missed.


SelekTOR 3.05d Released

1) Some minor tweaks to circuit building which should slightly speed up node activation.
2) Some preparation work to switch from blacklisting to whitelisting in order to handle the filtering of
good geoblock bypass nodes more effectively which thankfully will also mean less frequent maintenance
work for me in the future as their seems to be quite a few nodes coming and going and keeping track can
be time consuming.
This should happen within the next couple of releases.


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