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    RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    I found this on Linux Today:
    http://retromessenger.sourceforge.net/
    clicked on Download link and downloaded. After extracting I found an executable file (nothing to be installed on the system).
    Initially it did not work and after running in the terminal I found one dependency which I installed:
    $ sudo aptitude install libwxgtk2.8-0
    Then I could run the IM.
    Now I require some buddy to test it, therefore, please install and let us have server-less secure chat.

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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    how does it work without some central source? how does the other person get your certificate so you can start chatting?
    Jabber: markgrandi[at]gmail.com

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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    Quote Originally Posted by Polygon View Post
    how does it work without some central source? how does the other person get your certificate so you can start chatting?
    That is what we can try if you download, extract and click on the executable (there is no installation on your system). Please remember to install the dependency before trying.

    What I have done so far:
    Installed dependency.
    Double clicked on the executable.
    Ignored the errors regarding some icons not present (clicked ok button).
    Entered username, password and clicked on something like "generate certificate".

    One window opened with users Bob & Eve.
    Clicked on File/Login
    Entered username and password.

    If you do the same we will have to exchange the certificates before we can start chatting and that is what I would like to test.

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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    I tried with some one. It does not work.
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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    ouch.

    it seems more a pain then a convenience, since you first have to somehow give them your key before you can even start chatting with them.....and since there is no central source, you could run into problems with firewalls and incorrectly forwarded ports.
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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    Jabber is already decentralized... I don't see any real advantage here.

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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    isn't this also the purpose of pidgin bonjour?

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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    i was under the impression that bonjour was like....local networks...
    Jabber: markgrandi[at]gmail.com

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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    Hello Kagashe/All,

    Please tell how did you test it?

    I have tested it and working fine.I was able to generate certificate, login , add friend and was able to chat with friend.
    That is what expected in this release to work.

    In next release, there is other exciting feature "Link-Cloud" will be added along with fixing some user interface issues i.e. scroll bar is not proper on chat window etc

    It is on beta release and i guess it should fix few user interface problems....like scroll bar is not working.

    Please feel free to report any issue on hrrp://retromessenger.sf.net

    Thanks and kind Regards,
    Mahendra

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    Re: RetroMessenger - serverless & secure IM

    Quote Originally Posted by loell View Post
    isn't this also the purpose of pidgin bonjour?
    Quote Originally Posted by Polygon View Post
    i was under the impression that bonjour was like....local networks...
    Yes, Bonjour is meant for local networks.


    Quote Originally Posted by mrgnash View Post
    Jabber is already decentralized... I don't see any real advantage here.
    Also Jabber has support for encrypted messages via GPG keys.
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