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Dino in Debian experimental



What is Dino?



Dino is a modern IM client using XMPP (Jabber) with support for both OpenPGP and OMEMO. It looks very nice and can already be used for chatting and group conversations. It is, however, not yet stable nor feature-complete. If you are looking for something like Conversations (Android XMPP client), but for the desktop, Dino is for you. If you like to have something more stable and feature-complete, try Gajim instead. I use both! :~)




Dino is written in C and Vala, uses the GTK+ UI toolkit and looks best in Gnome, XFCE, or other GTK+ based desktops. I heard about planned versions for Windows and MacOS, too, but don't hold your breath.

How to install Dino on Debian?



Since yesterday, the Dino IM client is available in the official Debian repositories, but so far only in the "experimental" distribution. To install it, Debian users have to:
$ echo deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/ experimental main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/experimental.list
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt -t experimental install dino-im


This should work on nine official and five unofficial architectures for at least unstable and testing. Not sure about stable. I'm pretty sure, that oldstable will not work.

Why the "-im" suffix for Dino in Debian?



There used to be another program, an "integrated MIDI piano roll editor and sequencer engine", by the same name in Debian. Many references to the old program still exist, so it would be problematic to recycle the name for a different purpose.

Happy chatting!



#xmpp #debian #dino #jabber #openpgp #omemo #im #federation #chat

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does it also support OTR for legacy reasons?

@Thomas Fellinger No, it does not and it is not planned. I asked for this feature, but the developers said "no way". Reasons: User experience of OTR is bad, because both parties need to be online at the same time, multi-device does not work, and one gets garbled messages, if the connection is not stable, which is the case for almost all mobile users. They want to invest the time in better things, which I find reasonable.

well - all of my contacts ose OTR and there is no stable OMEMO Plugin for Pidgin - so how do i get out of this?

@Thomas Fellinger So far, just use a client with OTR support, too. E.g. Pidgin. Or convince your contacts to use OpenPGP for e2e encryption. It is supported by Dino, Gajim, Pidgin, etc.

Also, with Dino, there was the first upload of libsignal-protocol-c, which brings OMEMO support for libpurple and therefore Pidgin (and finch etc.) a step closer.