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RetroShare: secure communications with friends (sourceforge.net)
45 points by maggit 373 days ago | comments


wesley 373 days ago | link

Just wondering, are those MSN icons, or are these available in a free-to-use license somewhere online?

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arcameron 373 days ago | link

You might also take a look at our project:

https://echoplex.us

Somewhat similar idea, different execution, and not quite there yet in terms of decentralization

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nwh 373 days ago | link

I love the concept, but it has a disgustingly bad interface.

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maggit 373 days ago | link

You should try it on a retina mac. It's awful!

However, I am willing to put up with this for a while until maybe I can create an alternative client or something. Private communication is pretty important to me :)

Apparently there's some separation of front-end and back-end, with the possibility of running alternative front-ends. See near the end of this blog post: https://retroshareteam.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/using-retros...

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

I agree, there's room for improvement, but:

We're talking about saving the very foundations of democracy, these days (things like: free speech). So I guess our UI sorrows will have to wait a few days...

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aw3c2 373 days ago | link

The thing is without a good GUI software is hard to get adopted by the masses. With a good GUI even bad software shines.

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

100% true, unfortunately.

But just a little bit of patience: the more users join the platform, the sooner somebody graphically talented is going to step forward and make this excellent piece of tech shine on the surface as well...

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nwh 373 days ago | link

You underestimate how difficult it is for designers to contribute to open source projects.

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baggachipz 373 days ago | link

The final killer feature for this would be screen sharing, especially with a group. Anyone know of any plans for this?

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

I don't know, but:

What everybody can do is program any plugin they like, for this platform. So only the sky's the limit.

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lazylizard 373 days ago | link

comes with claws mail built in...

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

And to the http://www.restorethefourth.net crowd:

You don't want to coordinate over Skype or Facebook or Twitter.

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wmeredith 373 days ago | link

Why not? We're exercising our right to peacefully assemble and protest the government. We're not terrorists, we're patriots. Why play their game?

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stefantalpalaru 373 days ago | link

>We're exercising our right to peacefully assemble and protest the government.

Like the Occupy movement?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/nyregion/occupy-movement-w...

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yread 373 days ago | link

Here is a nice list of agent provocateurs, bugging and so on http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-010713.html

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

Well, a few days ago, we've been told the names of the companies that have been collaborating directly with the NSA, in secret, and they had the audacity to lie to our faces about it, when confronted.

I guess you know the names by now: Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, Skype, etc....

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

1. Decentralized (real p2p, no central servers)

2. Encrypted communication

3. Easier to set up than encrypted email: Install -> Exchange "certificates" -> Done.

BONUS: it's open-source!

(Which means everybody is free to inspect the source code, which means any potential backdoors can 1) be discovered 2) removed -> impossible with Windows and Mac operating systems/software)

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tptacek 373 days ago | link

No, it is not impossible to discover backdoors and vulnerabilities in closed-source Windows and Mac software; there's a cottage industry of third parties doing that on a pro-bono basis.

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

Well, I guess, the source code sooner or later is accessible to _somebody_ at _some_ development stage or in _some_ version.

But can we really trust companies that work with the NSA to sell us the version compiled _without_ the backdoors?

Plus, always keep in mind that these companies have lied to us about PRISM - with straight faces.

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tptacek 373 days ago | link

By "closed-source", I meant "researchers don't have the source code". And yet they find vulnerabilities anyways. It's not 1995 anymore. Vulnerability researchers tend to have pretty good tools for reading assembly.

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maggit 373 days ago | link

While it is not technically impossible to discover backdoors in closed source software, I'd say it's essential for me to trust crypto-software that it is open source.

That being said, it is probably feasible to hide a backdoor even in open source software. But it is still easier in closed source software.

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kimlelly 373 days ago | link

Using it: People from all over the world... http://www2.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?url=http://retro...

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