Redphone and Textsecure

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  • #12290

    MrShingiro
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    If both Redphone and Textsecure have GPLv3 licences, why aren’t they listed in the f-droid repos? Just inquiring.

    #12296

    krt
    Moderator

    First, TextSecure is using private repositories and is depending on proprietary Google Play Service for push messages. There was development to replace this and/or to at least not depend on it, which I haven’t checked recently. However, even apps which don’t depend on proprietary libraries, like their Flock contacts & calendar app, are not available in F-Droid due OpenWhisperSystems ordered us to take them down. Yes, we are not legally bound to do so, but upstream has all the power to change its apps so maintaing it on out side is either difficult or impossible.

    The reasoning behind this is basically a security concern, which — while I respect moxies expertise on this field — I leave for you to decide on your own. For reference, I include some links. There is also some ongoing work on reproducable builds that might allow us to distribute the official binaries, when they match our builds, but it’s a) not ready yet and b) up to OWS to decide if this is an option for them.

    Links:
    https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroiddata/issues/36
    https://f-droid.org/forums/topic/textsecure/
    https://github.com/WhisperSystems/TextSecure/issues/127
    https://github.com/WhisperSystems/TextSecure/issues/281
    https://github.com/WhisperSystems/TextSecure/issues/282
    https://github.com/WhisperSystems/TextSecure/issues/330

    #12313

    MrShingiro
    Member

    Alright, so I see there are actually a lot of problems. I wish there was more solidarity with whisper systems, and I wish they weren’t as hostile to this repository as they are, especially considering the fact that they made the decision to release all of their products as free software.

    #12659

    eldoreez
    Member

    “not available in F-Droid due OpenWhisperSystems ordered us to take them down”

    That’s nuts! A strange way for them to approach open-source development..

    #13325

    dhuyp
    Member

    You can find a good answer about this problem:
    https://github.com/WhisperSystems/TextSecure/issues/282
    Why F-Droid has applied request from WhisperSystems and not just add a warning about non-official build?

    #13341

    krt
    Moderator

    Read through my post again.

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