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Re: [tor-talk] Tor Messenger Beta: Chat over Tor, Easily
What pros and cons does it have in comparision with TorChat?
Am 29.10.2015 22:12 schrieb "Sukhbir Singh" <azadi@xxxxxxxxxx>:
> Today we are releasing a new, beta version of Tor Messenger, based on
> Instantbird , an instant messaging client developed in the Mozilla
> * What is it?
> Tor Messenger is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by
> default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety
> transport networks, including Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Facebook
> Twitter, Yahoo, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging 
> automatically; and has an easy-to-use graphical user interface localized
> multiple languages.
> * What it isn't...
> Tor Messenger builds on the networks you are familiar with, so that you can
> continue communicating in a way your contacts are willing and able to do.
> has traditionally been in a client-server model, meaning that your metadata
> (specifically the relationships between contacts) can be logged by the
> However, your route to the server will be hidden because you are
> over Tor.
> We are also excited about systems like Pond  and Ricochet , which
> try to
> solve this problem, and would encourage you to look at their designs and
> them too.
> * Why Instantbird?
> We considered a number of messaging clients: Pidgin, Adam Langley's
> xmpp-client, and Instantbird. Instantbird was the pragmatic choice -- its
> a graphical user interface and already supports many natural languages; and
> it's a XUL application, which means we can leverage both the code (Tor
> Launcher) and in-house expertise that the Tor Project has developed
> working on
> Tor Browser with Firefox. It also has an active and vibrant software
> community that has been very responsive and understanding of our needs. The
> main feature it lacked was OTR support, which we have implemented  and
> to upstream to the main Instantbird repository for the benefit of all
> Instantbird (and Thunderbird) users.
> * Current Status
> Today we are releasing a beta version with which we hope to gain both
> usability and security related feedback. There have been three previous
> releases to the mailing lists that have already helped smooth out some of
> rougher edges.
> * Downloads
> Linux (32-bit)
> Linux (64-bit)
> OS X
> The sha256sums.txt file containing hashes of the bundles is signed with the
> key 0x6887935AB297B391 (fingerprint: 3A0B 3D84 3708 9613 6B84 5E82 6887
> B297 B391).
> * Instructions
> - On Linux, extract the bundle(s) and then run:
> - On OS X, copy the Tor Messenger application from the disk image to your
> local disk before running it.
> On all platforms, Tor Messenger sets the profile folder for
> Firefox/Instantbird to the installation directory.
> - Note that as a policy, unencrypted one-to-one conversations are not
> and your messages will not be transmitted if the person you are talking
> does not have an OTR-enabled client. You can disable this option in the
> preferences to allow unencrypted communication but doing so is not
> * Source Code
> We are doing automated builds  of Tor Messenger for all platforms.
> The Linux builds are reproducible: anyone who builds Tor Messenger for
> should have byte-for-byte identical binaries compared with other builds
> from a
> given source. You can build it yourself  and let us know if you
> any problems or cannot match our build. The Windows and OS X builds are not
> completely reproducible yet but we are working on it .
> * What's to Come
> Our current focus is security, robustness and user experience. We will be
> fixing bugs and releasing updates as appropriate, and in the future, we
> on pairing releases with Mozilla's Extended Support Release (ESR) cycle. We
> have some ideas on where to take Tor Messenger but we would like to hear
> you have to say. Some possibilities include:
> - Reproducible builds for Windows and OS X (#10942)
> - Sandboxing (#10943)
> - Automatic updates (#14388)
> - Improved Tor support (#10950)
> - OTR over Twitter DMs (#13312)
> - Produce (and distribute) internationalized builds (#10945)
> - Secure multi-party communication (np1sec) 
> - Encrypted file-transfers
> - Usability study
> * How To Help
> Give it a try and provide feedback, requests, and file bugs  (choose the
> "Tor Messenger" component). If you are a developer, help us close all our
> tickets  or help us review our design doc . As always, we are
> on IRC in #tor-dev (OFTC) (nicks: arlolra; boklm; sukhe) and subscribed to
> tor-talk/dev mailing lists.
> Please note that this release is for users who would like to help us with
> testing the product but at the same time who also understand the risks
> involved in using beta software.
> Thanks and we hope you enjoy Tor Messenger!
>  - http://instantbird.com
>  - https://otr.cypherpunks.ca
>  - https://pond.imperialviolet.org
>  - https://ricochet.im
>  - https://github.com/arlolra/ctypes-otr
>  - https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor-messenger-build.git
>  - https://gitweb.torproject.org/tor-messenger-build.git/tree/README
>  - https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/10942
>  - https://github.com/equalitie/np1sec
>  - https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/newticket
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