Re: Free phone: smart or not?

2015-03-17 Thread Nick
Quoth Spacefalcon the Outlaw: 
 But I just can't help but wonder:
 are you using your FR because it's free or because it's a smartphone?

I'm using it because it's free, plus I don't like replacing 
electronics which are still working. For me the FR is just an 
incredibly inefficient and somewhat hard to use dumbphone.

That said, I do like the idea of having access to strong encryption 
for SMS type messages and voice, but the way to do that which is 
compatible with what other people use is to use android apps that 
communicate over the internet. Which would require a much more 
complex device than a dumbphone, sadly.

Nick

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Re: Free phone: smart or not?

2015-03-17 Thread Paul Wise
On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 3:50 PM, Nick wrote:

 That said, I do like the idea of having access to strong encryption
 for SMS type messages and voice, but the way to do that which is
 compatible with what other people use is to use android apps that
 communicate over the internet. Which would require a much more
 complex device than a dumbphone, sadly.

I'm guessing you are talking about the software from Open Whisper
Systems (and WhatsApp)? There is a python port of axolotl, the
encryption system behind Signal/TextSecure (and WhatsApp). I don't
know of any code to fully support Signal/TextSecure on Linux but there
is yowsup for folks who want to interface with the WhatsApp network,
it now supports the axolotl encryption. I expect it wouldn't take much
to get that working on the FR, especially since there are already
Debian packages of both of those. You would need a UI though, yowsup
is command-line.

https://github.com/tgalal/python-axolotl
https://github.com/tgalal/yowsup

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