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  • Purism Developing "Chatty" For SMS Support On The Librem 5

    Phoronix: Purism Developing "Chatty" For SMS Support On The Librel 5

    Purism shared today about the work they are engaged in on supporting SMS messaging with their in-development Librem 5 smartphone...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...m-5-SMS-Chatty

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    Other application writers will be able to interface with the SMS hardware and SMS data + contacts without Chatty, right?

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    • #3
      Making libpurple an integral part of a security-oriented system does not sound like a smart idea. It's one of the most irreparably broken pieces of software there is.

      And building encryption on top of THAT sounds absolutely pointless. Who cares if the crypto is sound if you can just exploit the decoder and get all the messages plus control over your phone immediately?

      I'm not the first one to say this either.

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      • #4
        Why don't they just bundle Signal? This is another already-solved problem.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mulenmar View Post
          Why don't they just bundle Signal? This is another already-solved problem.
          While the client and server software are open source, the protocol itself is still based on a centralised server model. While you could run your own signal server, you won't be able to talk to users on other signal servers unless you maintain multiple accounts and connections to each one [which frankly isn't much better than the fragmented ecosystem they are trying to avoid].

          With XMPP, anyone can run a server, and you can talk to anyone else on whichever server they happen to be on. XMPP with OMEMO E2EE is also another "already-solved problem", and is what they are implementing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by edenist View Post

            While the client and server software are open source, the protocol itself is still based on a centralised server model. While you could run your own signal server, you won't be able to talk to users on other signal servers unless you maintain multiple accounts and connections to each one [which frankly isn't much better than the fragmented ecosystem they are trying to avoid].

            With XMPP, anyone can run a server, and you can talk to anyone else on whichever server they happen to be on. XMPP with OMEMO E2EE is also another "already-solved problem", and is what they are implementing.
            In that case, sure, using that is a good idea...for later. Purism is far enough behind schedule as it is, they need to focus on getting their product out the door while the hardware is relevant; at least then the community can form and even do some of the work.

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