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NerdKnight 2013-11-29 12:42

Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
I've already ported the command line client for Telegram, now I'm working on a GUI build on top of this client for the N900.

This build it's really in its early stages, so don't expect much functionality.

Implemented features
  1. Chats window
  2. Contacts window
  3. Basic send and receive text message with "checks"
  4. Some notifications
  5. Portrait for contacts

To be implemented
  1. Multimedia messages
  2. Contacts managment
  3. User registration
  4. Emojis
  5. Portrait for contacts
  6. Better interface design
  7. ......
  8. ....

How to install:
  • Download the file from Here
  • Extract TelegramN900.tar.gz to /home/user
  • Install requiered libraries (libconfig, libreadline, libssl)
  • cd /home/user/TelegramN900
  • ./TelegramGui
  • The command line client runs in the background, you can issue commands from there too
  • If it's the firs time you run the telegram client, you can follow the instructions on the command line to register

xanderx 2013-11-29 13:08

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
Nice, might have a look at it. I liked their FAQ, clean words all over. I never used Whatsapp, nor other similar craps, because of closed source and zero privacy.

biketool 2013-11-29 13:58

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
Sounds very Maemo to me!
Any app that makes encryption easier and snooping more difficult is good for freedom. The NSA already distributes crypto gear for NATO type countries, we want our own gear.

coderus 2013-11-29 14:05

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
can you make an github repo for project? i want to get it working for harmattan with QML UI ;)

murik 2013-11-29 14:57

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NerdKnight (Post 1390621)
I managed to compile Telegram command line client for the N900. Some libs in Fremantle are outdated so I had to make some changes in the code and use gcc 4.8 in order to compile it. Here you can download binaries and modified source code.
Next step: try to make a GUI.

good news, keep going and let us know if you'll make GUI )

javispedro 2013-11-29 15:13

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
This is hardly better than Whatsapp itself. It's still one server, managed by one company, who gets access to all phone numbers in your address book.

Use Jabber dammit, not only it is an actual standard, it's even builtin in the N900...

NerdKnight 2013-11-29 18:35

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by javispedro (Post 1390695)
This is hardly better than Whatsapp itself. It's still one server, managed by one company, who gets access to all phone numbers in your address book.

Use Jabber dammit, not only it is an actual standard, it's even builtin in the N900...

I would gladly use Jabber, but whastapp became a standard over here, I'm forced to use it. At least telegram looks more concerned about privacy, and it's open, but you're right, they still have a db with the phone numbers.

javispedro 2013-11-29 21:12

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NerdKnight (Post 1390797)
I would gladly use Jabber, but whastapp became a standard over here, I'm forced to use it. At least telegram looks more concerned about privacy, and it's open, but you're right, they still have a db with the phone numbers.

Yeah, but being forced to used Whatsapp does not imply being forced to use Telegram or any other similarly closed service ;)

NerdKnight 2013-12-02 13:37

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by javispedro (Post 1390874)
Yeah, but being forced to used Whatsapp does not imply being forced to use Telegram or any other similarly closed service ;)

I think Whatsapp gained it's popularity because you don't need a new id to add your contacts (the phone number is used as id) so if people are to migrate they would choose some similar app.
I agree with you, I care about privacy, buy nowadays when there are companies that have a lot more sensitive information about you (like fb, g+, etc.), the phone number seems not a big deal.
Anyway my motivation to do this port is just the personal challenge it represent and making an app useful to someone and my beloved N900.
By the way, If you or anyone have an idea of making an app fully open that could replace Whatsapp or other similar apps I'm glad to collaborate :)

murik 2013-12-02 15:53

Re: Telegram on N900- a free,cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted WhatsApp like app
 
NerdKnight, any news about GUI?


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