Me and some other people from Free Software Community are planning to release a privacy-respecting free software chatting app, named Prav (means pigeon in Malayalam language) for Indian users, which would be interoperable with XMPP.
We want more people to get involved because we want to have democratic decision making process.
Please visit the website https://prav.app. Also, please share with your contacts.
@ravi hang on, you mean the users of the free Prav app have to be Indian even if they're using a non-Prav account? So a chinwag.im (or whatever) user can't install Prav unless they're from India? Or is the restriction for accounts on the Prav server only?
(Side note: I am in fact Indian, so this question is somewhat hypothetical for me)
No, users of Prav app don't have to be Indian but the Prav service users need to be Indian, and cooperative society members too.
You being Indian are encouraged to join us too in the cooperative society. We need more people to step in. Please fill the form on the site https://prav.app and make sure that code of conduct and social contract is fine for you.
@ravi great idea. Hacking such stuff makes fun. Anyhow please ask youself: does it really help having yet another XMPP client? Really really?
Developing an up-to-date featured XMPP client takes months or even years, depending in team size. And XMPP clients no fully featured are distracting and can't compete with user expectations - and discouraging people form Xmmp at all.
Please build on top of existing blocks! Thanks
@kirschwipfel we are building on existing blocks. We are only providing a subscription based service forking already existing apps. There is more to this than the technical side as well.
@ravi why phone number required? Why not completely anonymous! Tying everything to mobile number makes it difficult to change a mobile number. There are already so many services tied up to mobile in India, it’s a nightmare to change once your number is leaked and abused by telemarketers. Just another food for thought.
@garow Because people find plain xmpp inconvenient.Obviously XMPP is federated, so people can register on an anonymous service to talk to users on our service. This is unlike WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, where every participant needs to give phone number. There are plenty of XMPP services which will register you anonymously. We want to give people the same convenience as WA and at the same time they have privacy and freedom.
@ravi Forgot to mention hoping it doesn’t have any app activity third party trackers for instance Google Crashlytics or something which might dent end user privacy.
Hey! I've had lot sof ideas about this for the past few years! It'd be great if we could synchronize! Let's connect on Jabber!
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