Technology Preview: Bridge by default for Microsoft Windows clients
We keep hearing from people around the world that clicking the 3 buttons to turn yourself into a bridge is too difficult todo for most users. These people have repeatedly asked for a "bridge by default" configuration in a package. Here it is: http://archive.torproject.org/tor-package-archive/technology-preview/
When you install and run this package, you are a bridge relay helping censored users around the world access Tor and the uncensored Internet.
To understand more about bridges, read https://www.torproject.org/bridges.
This is the installable Vidalia bundle configured to be a bridge by default. This is Tor 0.2.2.13-alpha, Vidalia 0.2.9, Polipo 188.8.131.52. The only difference between this bridge-bundle and the vidalia-bundle is the bridge configuration.
When started, Vidalia attempts to use UPnP to reconfigure any NAT/router device to open port 9001 for tor and 9030 for a directory mirror. The bandwidth is set to consume greater than 1.5 Mbps. It works just like the vidalia-bundle (because it is the vidalia-bundle) where if UPnP fails, it prompts you to open the correct ports on your NAT/router.
None of this is final configuration. It is merely a "does it work for you?" test package. So far, it's worked on the 4 different networks I've tried. Apologies to the 300 Chinese users who used my bridge on one of the test networks, only to have it go away a day later.
Update 2010-06-11: Fixed a vidalia.conf issue which wasn't a problem, but looked like the controlport was open and un-authenticated. uploaded new binaries and removed the old ones. The bridge-bundle nsi file that creates this bundle is in Vidalia svn. Just replace vidalia-bundle.nsi.in with the bridge-bundle.nsi.in and create your bundle.