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    Phoronix: Viber 4.2 Finally Released For Linux

    Several Phoronix readers have written in this weekend to share that the Viber Linux client is finally up to par with the Windows version...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc2NTc

  • #2
    More importantly how many backdoors does Viber contain? Or it just sends its traffic via NSA HQs? I guess the latter. Why bother with hidden features, when you can sniff everything?

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    • #3
      Seems like a better alternative to Skype overall but I don't know anybody who uses it so I think I'll pass.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by birdie View Post
        More importantly how many backdoors does Viber contain? Or it just sends its traffic via NSA HQs? I guess the latter. Why bother with hidden features, when you can sniff everything?
        If there was ever case for open source, it is definitely for applications like this. Why would anyone sane expose his security for such trivial application ?

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        • #5
          working great but there is one problem
          using ubuntu 14.04 with unity and the viber icon is on the top left corner right over the close icon of windows
          seems like a known bug with qt but can't find a solution

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          • #6
            Originally posted by birdie View Post
            More importantly how many backdoors does Viber contain?
            But, it has nice stickers! Install the blob anyway to get the stickers!

            Seriously:
            switch to something with an open standard, like XMPP/Jabber. Use OTR over it whenever both end-points can.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DrYak View Post
              switch to something with an open standard, like XMPP/Jabber. Use OTR over it whenever both end-points can.

              Tox is also on the right direction : https://tox.im/

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              • #8
                Yay finally! I actually contacted them recently about this and they promised an update very soon. Can't fault their customer service guys.

                Originally posted by DrYak View Post
                But, it has nice stickers! Install the blob anyway to get the stickers!

                Seriously:
                switch to something with an open standard, like XMPP/Jabber. Use OTR over it whenever both end-points can.
                Brilliant, now try getting a normal person (i.e. not nerds like us) to setup a Jabber client on their phone/tablet/PC and enable OTR on it. Their response will be "yer what?". Believe it or not, user experience is quite important for users and the open-source choices simply don't yet deliver. For sensitive communications, yes I'll choose to use OTR, but for everyday messaging to friends, clients like WhatsApp and Viber are much easier to use and don't piss off regular people.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DrYak View Post
                  But, it has nice stickers! Install the blob anyway to get the stickers!

                  Seriously:
                  switch to something with an open standard, like XMPP/Jabber. Use OTR over it whenever both end-points can.
                  switch? why? nobody use this freaky apps, the majority of people use what's app, viber, line, skype etc, is a waste of time the use of others apps if nobody use it.

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                  • #10
                    essential information that is missing from the article:

                    what the fuck IS viber?

                    what does viber do?

                    what makes it different/better than its competition?

                    and

                    does anybody actually use that crap?

                    The last point is almost the most important one. Nobody I know has ever heard that name before.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by energyman View Post
                      what the fuck IS viber? what does viber do?
                      http://lmgtfy.com/?q=viber

                      Originally posted by energyman View Post
                      does anybody actually use that crap? The last point is almost the most important one. Nobody I know has ever heard that name before.
                      I use it every day. Most of my friends have it. Hundreds of millions of other people do, too. Nice alternative if you don't want WhatsApp by Facebook.

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                      • #12
                        If I ask my mom about whatsapp, she knows and uses it. My sisters? Sure. Their friends? Without exception. Coworkers? The female ones all use it.

                        But never did anyone mention 'viber' ...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by energyman View Post
                          If I ask my mom about whatsapp, she knows and uses it. My sisters? Sure. Their friends? Without exception. Coworkers? The female ones all use it.

                          But never did anyone mention 'viber' ...
                          Congratulations, you and your circle of family and acquaintences are not omnipotent and are happy using your existing software. For the rest of us, we like to share, and keep our options open when something doesn't satisfy. And I'VE hear of viber. Years ago, in fact.

                          And I'm not using it despite the alround 'niceness' of the user experience.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by birdie View Post
                            More importantly how many backdoors does Viber contain? Or it just sends its traffic via NSA HQs? I guess the latter. Why bother with hidden features, when you can sniff everything?
                            s/NSA/Mossad/g

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the information

                              As I am an avid user of Viber phone/desktop versions I am very pleased to see this upgrade. I was in fear that the Linux version would become "abandonware"

                              To all "why not use an obscure solution that few outside Linux have ever heard of" such as Jabber w OTR, Tox.im etc: because my clients, colleagues, friends and family all over the Globe don't and I can not persuade them of this good concept. So if I want to stay in touch it is Whatsapp, viber, skype and so on whether I like it or not

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