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Gajim 1.0.0-alpha2 (= 0.98.2) now in Debian 9 stable (stretch-backports)



Just sudo apt install -t stretch-backports gajim gajim-pgp gajim-omemo gajim-httpupload gajim-urlimagepreview and start chatting.

#gajim #xmpp #jabber #freesoftware #release #omemo #pgp #chat #im #federation #debian #ubuntu
 

Gajim 1.0.0-alpha2 (= 0.98.2) now in Debian testing and Ubuntu bionic



Just sudo apt install gajim gajim-pgp gajim-omemo gajim-httpupload gajim-urlimagepreview and start chatting.

#gajim #xmpp #jabber #freesoftware #release #omemo #pgp #chat #im #federation #debian #ubuntu
 

Gajim 1.0.0-alpha1 (a.k.a 0.98.1) released



The developers have put a huge amount of work into this release:
* Ported to GTK3 / Python3
* Flatpak support
* Lots of refactoring
* New Emoji support
* New Chat Window design
* New StartChat Window (Ctrl+N)
* New ServerInfo Window
* AccountWindow Redesign
* Moved some encryption code out into Plugins (see PGP Plugin, Esessions Plugin)
* OTR Plugin was not ported, use OMEMO
* Added mam:1 and mam:2 support (mam:0 was removed)
* Added MAM for MUCs support
* Added support for showing XEP-0084 Avatars
* Added xmpp URI handling directly in Gajim
* Removed Gajim-Remote
* Removed XEP-0012 (Last Activity)
* Removed XEP-0136 (Message Archiving)
* Added XEP-0156 (Discovering Alternative XMPP Connection Methods)
* Added XEP-0319 (Last User Interaction in Presence)
* Added XEP-0380 (Explicit Message Encryption)
* Added Jingle FT:5 support
Congratulations!

Users of Debian unstable can already install the new version, as well as the plugins gajim-antispam, gajim-httpupload, gajim-omemo, gajim-pgp, gajim-rostertweaks, gajim-triggers, and gajim-urlimagepreview. Have fun!

#gajim #xmpp #jabber #freesoftware #release #omemo #pgp #otr #chat #im #federation #debian

https://dev.gajim.org/gajim/gajim/raw/gajim-1.0.0-alpha1/ChangeLog
 

Like to experiment with Debian, Gajim, XMPP?



Bored? Like to play? OK, here's my offer: If you run Debian testing or unstable and you are using XMPP, why not install Gajim and some of its plugins from Debian experimental? It probably will not work as smooth as the packages from stable, testing, or unstable, but you can run the freshest stuff ever!

Just put experimental into your /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb https://deb.debian.org/debian/ experimental main

and install from it:
$ sudo apt install -t experimental gajim gajim-antispam gajim-httpupload gajim-omemo

So far, stuff works for me, but beware: Experimental is called experimental for a reason.

#debian #gajim #xmpp #experimental

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"How to Live Without Google" - and getting it all wrong



In a failed attempt to improve users personal privacy, DuckDuckGo jumps from the frying pan straight into the fire. With the motto
Remove Google from your life? Yes, it can be done!
they give ten advices, most of them very bad. Also, they are using inexact wording by calling things free, when they are "free as in beer", but not necessarily "free as in freedom". I comment on their three worst recommendations:
Google Search -> DuckDuckGo (free)
Let's start off with the easiest one! Switching to DuckDuckGo not only keeps your searches private but also gives you extra advantages such as our bang shortcuts, handy Instant Answers, and knowing you're not trapped in a filter bubble.
I understand, that they advertise their own service here. And while I do believe, that DuckDuckGo does not cheat and keeps your searches private, as a user, one cannot prove it. In any case, one just replaces one centralised search machine with another one. Better use a decentralised service, such as meta search engine Searx.
Android -> iOS (paid)
The most popular alternative to Android is of course iOS, which offers easy device encryption and encrypted messaging via iMessage by default. We also have tips to increase privacy protection on your iPhone or iPad.
This is certainly the worst recommendation in their list. I had to check the date of the article, when I read this. Aprils Fool's Day? I'm certainly not a fan of Android and I'm not an Android user anymore, but going for a much more restrictive jail is just stupid. Android has at least relatively free versions, e.g. Replicant. iOS, in contrast, is a carcel with beautifully painted walls. Very high walls with perfectly styled barbed wire on top. Even the most proprietary variants of Android let you at least install free software from F-Droid.org.

If you don't want to use Android anymore, like myself, better go for a free alternative, e.g. support the Librem 5 crowdfunding, or the Pyra handheld or the ZeroPhone, all three running the free Debian operating system.
Google Allo -> Signal (free)
There are several services offering private messaging but, as we've mentioned before, Signal gets our recommendation. It offers free, end-to-end encryption for both messages and private calls. It's also recommended by Edward Snowden and renowned security expert Bruce Schneier, among others.
Again, they recommend to leave one centralised service for another one. And one, that even wants your phone number, otherwise you can't use it. And one, that does not yet have a decent client for Linux. There are messengers around that are federated or completely decentralised, that do not force you give them your phone number, and that have native clients for all major operating systems. My recommendation is XMPP. If you are on Linux, use e.g. Gajim, on Android the best app is probably Conversations, for iOS there is ChatSecure and so on. Alternatives to XMPP are Ring, Matrix and more recently Wire.

Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1755:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
One should also not give up libre software, which is essential in many ways, to purchase a little perceived safety or privacy through non-free or centralised services.

#duckduckgo #google #searx #replicant #fdroid #librem5 #pyra #zerophone #debian #xmpp #gajim #conversations #chatsecure #ring #matrix #wire

How to Live Without Google

Google tracking is more pervasive than most people realize. We show you some alternatives to Google services to limit your exposure.
 

End-to-End Encrypted group chats via XMPP



Jamie McClelland writes, that it is still difficult to have a secure group chat. But it's possible.
Use either Conversations for Android (f-droid or Play) or Gajim for Windows or Linux [...]

Ensure that everyone in your group has added everyone else in the group to their roster [...]

Create the group in the android Conversations app, not in Gajim [...]

#xmpp #muc #conversations #gajim #omemo #encryption

End-to-End Encrypted group chats via XMPP

 

Profanity 0.5.0 released



According to its GitHub releases page, there seems to be a new version of profanity, a console XMPP client. The changelog lists a lot of new, nice features: - Plugins API supporting C and Python plugins - SSL certificate verification (requires libmesode) (/tls) - HTTP file upload (xep-0363) (/sendfile) - Blocking command (xep-0191) (/blocked) - Allow auto extended away (/autoaway) - Include last acitvity in initial presence (xep-0256) (/lastactivity) - Last Activity (xep-0012) (/lastactivity) - Ability to run command scripts (/script) - Account startscript property to execute a command script on connect (/account) - Export roster to CSV file (/export) - Support for GTK tray icons (/tray) - User specified text triggers for chat room notifications (/notify) - Per chat room notification options (/notify) - Many new roster panel display options (/roster) - Time format preferences per window type (/time) - Edit, prepend and append to room subject (/subject) - Autoping timeout preference (/autoping) - Window navigation by window title (/win) - Window closing by window title (/close) - Account theme setting (/account) - Allow sending XMPP stanzas in xmlconsole window (/xmlconsole) - Configure level of room message notifications in console window (/console) - Check ~/.config/profanity/inputrc for readline settings - Custom readline functions for navigation key bindings - Autocomplete command arguments when no characters entered

I'm not yet a regular profanity user, because I'm happy with Gajim, but sometimes I just prefer the console. Btw., it seems, that OMEMO support is being worked on. Cool!

#xmpp #profanity #omemo #freesoftware #gpl #console #gajim

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profanity - Ncurses based XMPP client
 
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