Briar

Briar

Web site: briarproject.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, Forums
Platform: Android
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Java
First release: May 9, 2018
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Briar – a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging apps, Briar doesn’t rely on a central server – messages are synchronized directly between the users’ devices. If the internet’s down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the internet’s up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

Briar provides private messaging, public forums and blogs that are protected against the following surveillance and censorship threats:
– Metadata surveillance. Briar uses the Tor network to prevent eavesdroppers from learning which users are talking to each other. Each user’s contact list is encrypted and stored on her own device.
– Content surveillance. All communication between devices is encrypted end-to-end, protecting the content from eavesdropping or tampering.
– Content filtering. Briar’s end-to-end encryption prevents keyword filtering, and because of its decentralized design there are no servers to block.
– Takedown orders. Every user who subscribes to a forum keeps a copy of its content, so there’s no single point where a post can be deleted.
– Denial of service attacks. Briar’s forums have no central server to attack, and every subscriber has access to the content even if they’re offline.
– Internet blackouts. Briar can operate over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to keep information flowing during blackouts.

Kotatogram Desktop

Kotatogram

Web site: kotatogram.github.io
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: January 2018
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Kotatogram Desktop – a fork of Telegram Desktop, has all its features, but it also has some more useful and cosmetic features.

Features:
– Local folders
– Forward to multiple chats and forward without author
– Custom font
– Compact chat list
– Custom text replaces
– Change sticker size
– Adaptive chat bubbles
– and other smaller features.

Interlink Mail & News

Interlink

Web site: binaryoutcast.com/projects/interlink/
Category: Network
Subcategory: Email Clients
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Mozilla
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: December 6, 2018
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Interlink Mail & News – a free e-mail client based on open source community code built on the Unified XUL Platform.

It is available for Microsoft Windows and Linux (with other operating systems in development). The client focuses on efficiency with carefully selected features and optimizations to improve stability and user experience, while offering full customization and a growing collection of extensions and themes to make the client truly your own.

Features:
– E-mail with POP and IMAP Support
– Newsgroup Support
– RSS Feed Reader
– Customizable Interface
– Choice of Tabbed or Windowed modes
– Adaptive Junk Mail Controls
– Basic OpenSearch Engine Support
– Global and Local Message Search Support
– Integrated Calendar Extension
– Advanced Account Setup and Management
– OAuth2 Authentication Support
– Multiple Profile Support
– Extension Support
– Full Theming Support

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Ambassador

Ambassador

Web site: github.com/Ascrod/ambassador/
Category: Network
Subcategory: IRC clients
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Mozilla Public License 2.0
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: 2018
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Ambassador – a fork of the Mozilla IRC application known as ChatZilla, built on UXP and produced for UXP-based applications. It features a simple, straighforward interface with a number of options for customization and extensibility. It is available as an add-on compatible with other applications built upon UXP, and as a stand-alone package that can be installed and run independently of a browser.

The add-on is compatible with Pale Moon and Basilisk, and is available from the Pale Moon Add-ons Site. The stand-alone application is compatible with Windows 7 (or later) 32-bit and 64 bit, and Linux 64-bit. ZIP archives and installers are available for Windows, and a tarball archive is available for Linux.

Ambassador includes most of the features found in ChatZilla, along with some unique features of its own:
– IRCv3 support
– Password management
– A window for viewing secure connection details
– An editor for the built-in networks list
– CTCP request notifications
– Several new commands
– Emoji support
– Removed CEIP

Nyxt

Nyxt

Web site: nyxt.atlas.engineer
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web browsers
Platform: Linux, OS X
License: BSD 3-Clause License, CC BY-SA
Interface: CLI
Programing language:
First release: 2018
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Nyxt – a keyboard-oriented, extensible web-browser designed for power users. Conceptually inspired by Emacs and Vim, it has familiar key-bindings (Emacs, vi, CUA), is fully configurable and extensible in Lisp, and has powerful features for productivity.

Features:
– Fast tab switching – Switch easily between your open tabs via fuzzy search.
– Multiple selection – Commands can accept multiple inputs, allowing you to quickly perform an operation against multiple objects. In the example below we search for penguins, and only open up links that have the text “animal” within them.
– Powerful bookmarks – Bookmark a page with tags. Search bookmarks with compound queries. Capture more data about your bookmarks, and group and wrangle them in any way you like.
– Multi tab search – Search multiple tabs at the same time, and view all the results in a single window. Jump quickly through your open tabs to find what you need.
– History as a tree – History is represented as a tree that you can traverse. Smarter than the “forwards-backwards” abstraction found in other browsers, the tree makes sure you never lose track of where you’ve been.

MiniTox

MiniTox

Web site: github.com/hqwrong/minitox
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux
License: MIT
Interface: CLI
Programing language: C
First release: November 2018
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MiniTox – a minimal client written for toxcore. It’s an example of tox client implementation and also a toy which new developers coming to tox can play and start with, therefore getting familiar with the project.

Features:
– Single file and small code base;
– Fully standalone (No 3rd library needed, only rely on toxcore and system C library);
– Covered most APIs of friend & group, and more to come;
– Fun to play with (colored text, async REPL, etc.).

Jami

Jami

Web site: jami.net
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C, C++
First release: November 2018
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Jami (previously: Ring and SFLphone) – a free software for universal communication which respects the freedoms and privacy of its users. Jami is completely peer-to-peer and doesn’t require a server for relaying data between users. Jami is a GNU project backed by the Free Software Foundation and distributed under a GPLv3 license. It use state of the art end-to-end encryption with perfect forward secrecy for all communications and comply with the X.509 standard.

Features:
– a telephone: a simple tool to connect, communicate and share
– a teleconferencing tool: easily join calls to create conferences with multiple participants
– a media sharing tool: supports a variety of video input options, including multiple cameras and image and video files, and the selection of audio inputs and outputs; all this is supported by multiple high quality audio and video codecs
– a messenger: send text messages during calls or out of calls (as long as your peer is connected)
– a building block for your IoT project: re-use the universal communications technology of Ring with its portable library on your system of choice.

gomuks

gomuks

Web site: github.com/tulir/gomuks
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux
License: AGPL
Interface: TUI
Programing language: Go
First release: 2018
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gomuks – a terminal based Matrix client written in Go with mautrix-go and mauview.

Keyboard shortcuts:

– Ctrl and Alt are interchangeable in most keybindings, but the other one may not work depending on your terminal emulator.
– Switch rooms: Ctrl + ↑, Ctrl + ↓
– Scroll chat (page): PgUp, PgDown
– Jump to room: Ctrl + K, then Tab and Enter to navigate and select room
– Plaintext mode: Ctrl + L
– Newline: Alt + Enter

The project developer is Tulir Asokan.

Android Messages Desktop

Android Messages Desktop

Web site: github.com/chrisknepper/android-messages-desktop
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: MIT
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: June 2018
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Android Messages Desktop – a cross-platform application which lets you run the Android Messages as a desktop app.

Features:
– System notifications when a text comes in
– Notification badges on macOS
– Spellchecking in ~50 languages
– Run in background on Windows/Linux/macOS
– Minimize to tray on Windows/Linux
– Menu bar support on macOS
– TBD…

The project founder is Chris Knepper.