Because of #Electron abandoning support for 32-bit PCs, this bug in #Wire is unlikely to be fixed, and I may have to give up on trying to use the Wire desktop client on my 32-bit laptop:
So having convinced a bunch of my family and friends to set up accounts on Wire and install it, I may have lost the main thing that made it attractive (a #FreeCode desktop client for 32-bit GNU/ Linux where voice calls work properly). At what point do I just give up on trying to be a #SoftwareFreedom purist, and buy a 2nd-hand MacBook for comms (and video editing, and ... and ... and ...) :(
@strypey the bad choice was Wire... why not Telegram instead?
@alexl see the 2-3 length discussions I've had here over the year about chat apps. TL;DR Wire is #copyleft #FreeCode on both client and server side, and has plans to support #federation between Wire servers. #Electron is a downside, but they are ok with community-created clients without Electron to connect to their server (unlike #Signal, don't know about #Telegram)
@strypey Telegram made a challenge and the best clients became the official ones: a Qt desktop client for Windows, Mac & Linux, two clients for Android, one for iOS, a web client and one specific for Mac, all Open Source, plus community clients including a CLI one. 200 mln of users, 15 bln of messages/day. E2E encrypted chats (optional) and calls.
@alexl @strypey ...but for some obscure reason, the server code is still closed source, even though they said they would open source it years ago. https://telegram.org/faq#q-why-not-open-source-everything
Obscure reasons? https://telegram.org/faq#q-why-not-open-source-everything
Keeping Telegram fast and secure while switching to a federated architecture is a tech challenge. See Matrix, it's the state of the art of decentralized instant messaging and can't deal with Telegram's performance.
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