A first impression of the upcoming Briar desktop client
The reason is, so that it's easier to take as much as possible from the existing Briar code base. The code base is written in Java and Kotlin.
A proper blog post will follow soon.
@briar Will it have multi-device support, or will it only connect using an independent account, like the existing desktop client?
- seamless migration from Briar-GTK to the new application
- a working application that gets updates via a deb repository that won't break basic functionality
Give a look to RetroShare.
It's a desktop application to have serverless and decentralised:
chat, audio calls, file sharing, forum, ande-mails!
Is it possible to have the mesh network of Briar, and the decentralised services of RetroShare, somehow?
Maybe a bridge.
This would double the userbase!
Keep in mind matrix.org is bridged with IRC and XMPP!
@briar I would love to have a single sided anonymous introduction addresses / codes, allowing to establish connection without the need of pre-connection mutual key exchange.
@briar get rid of the border around the search and message boxes and just make the background a slightly lighter color. Will make the whole thing look cleaner. The two people icons on the top right are very similar I have no idea what the difference would be just by looking at them. The green material design + button is a weird color choice to mix with the dark blue of the theme. And it’s also too close in color to the “online” status dots next to the contacts.
@briar wooo! 🎉
Although I do understand the reasons behind deprecating Briar GTK, I still wish it was an option. Ah well, one day. 🙂
@nmke_de @phryk @sacredbirdman
Briar is dependant on Compose on the desktop as Briar is on all sorts of androidx libraries and android system components on Android. "Compose is apache licensed. I don't think it's likely that google would take it proprietary, but it's possible that they'd abandon it at some point. but i think that risk exists for any library or platform"
Personally, I would assume the risk of Google adding privacy-breaking stuff is probably bigger.
I mean, I've never done any serious analysis on their software, but breaking privacy *is* their business after all.
Hope it gets independent reviews often enough to minimize that risk of course, but I'm a bit of a pessimist in that regard. :P
@briar Briar GTK is dead? Really like that there is a fully featured client but i loved the idea of having a native GTK app.
@fredy_pferdi @briar Unfortunately the person working on the GTK app is currently helping the full-featured Compose Desktop app. I'd also love a GTK app, but the GTK app requires development and maintenance of a Briar Wrapper app to use the Bramble/Briar API, which I imagine is a lot of work for a small team. The wrapper app can be found here:
@qapaq @briar It's currently being written in Compose for desktop which should be more memory efficient than an electron app. This allows the team to directly use the existing Bramble/Briar libraries which are written in java. Also will allow for code sharing between the desktop and android UI. I'm able to build and run it pretty well on my 10+ year old laptop!
@lunch @briar I think it's too early to tell, compose desktop is still very new and most of the Bramble/Briar services aren't integrated into the app. I'm a minor contributor and new to the project, but my goal is to be able to run it without worry on my 2011 thinkpad. For users needing a very low memory solution there's a CLI that can send 1 on 1 private messages:
@briar sadly Briar (actually Tor) stopped working for me here in Cuba, I tried enabling bridges etc. but couldn't get Briar or Orbot working :(
hay otra app para conectar a la red tor llamada InviZible Pro, puede ser que esa si funcione:
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