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Feature #10071

Feature #5709: VoIP support

Evaluate Tox for VoIP

Added by coruvar almost 4 years ago. Updated 7 months ago.

Status:
Confirmed
Priority:
Low
Assignee:
-
Category:
-
Target version:
-
Start date:
08/20/2015
Due date:
% Done:

0%

Feature Branch:
Type of work:
Research
Blueprint:
Starter:
No
Affected tool:
Instant Messaging

Description

Hi,
I would create a discuss about adding Tox to Tails build.

Tox is a peer to peer, distributed, multimedia messenger. It's only in alpha release now - That is not good, but you may connect to developers and want to add any feature, which may be needed and the feature will be propably add.

It has many feauters, read it on page About Tox.

For Tox is many clients, I recommend to use qTox as GUI client and Toxic as CLI client if you like terminal app.

qTox have many features like chat, groupchat, audio, group audio, video, file transfer and more.

Tox clients can run over Tor by routing.

Info and websites:
Homepage Tox: https://tox.chat/
About Tox: https://wiki.tox.chat/users/faq
Tox clients: https://wiki.tox.chat/users/clients
Reddit discuss: https://www.reddit.com/r/projecttox/

Some tips how to use Tox for Tails channel too.
WebTox is web-based client and if connect with ToxBot, then can be used for groupchat - automaticly accept new friends and auto-invite them to specific group. This maybe solution for live support channel?
WebTox: https://github.com/codedust/WebTox
ToxBot: https://github.com/JFreegman/ToxBot

Thanks for discuss about this.

P.S.: I'm sorry for my english, it's quite long when I use english on forums..


Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #14567: Investigate mobile messaging applications Confirmed 01/18/2018

History

#1 Updated by intrigeri almost 4 years ago

  • Subject changed from Tox - alternative messenger for Skype and more? to Evaluate Tox for VoIP
  • Category deleted (Build system)
  • Parent task set to #5709
  • Type of work changed from Discuss to Research
  • Starter changed from Yes to No

I think I've seen a Debian ITP bug for it.

#2 Updated by emmapeel almost 4 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Confirmed
  • Target version set to 2017

I think it is a bit early to think about adding it to Tails.

First, the client should be available in Debian.

Second, it has recently rebooted https://www.facebook.com/toxproject/posts/352018401653696

after some drama https://blog.tox.chat/2015/07/current-situation-3/
and there is a sudden change of server: https://www.facebook.com/toxproject/posts/427493907439478

Although the indiegogo campaign (of one of the toxcore developers) this month got very well supported, so maybe in next months we can see more:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/toxcore-development#/updates

Also seems the repo is quite healthy: https://github.com/irungentoo/toxcore

There are several different clients (µTox, qTox, Antox, Toxic), apart of toxcore, so we should maybe evaluate them separately.

I propose to leave this ticket open to gather updates or reqs or gossip about it and review it next year.

#3 Updated by intrigeri about 3 years ago

  • Target version deleted (2017)

#4 Updated by u over 1 year ago

  • Related to Feature #14567: Investigate mobile messaging applications added

#5 Updated by u over 1 year ago

  • Status changed from Confirmed to Rejected

Tox looks nice, however the website still says that it's "under heavy development" and there is no official Debian package. I will thus reject this ticket for the time being. Once there is a Debian package, we can reopen and rediscuss it.

#6 Updated by DansTorConnard about 1 year ago

Hi.

A custom depo for debian is now provided by qtox dev: https://www.reddit.com/r/projecttox/comments/5a01gs/what_client_can_i_use_on_debian_sid_unstable/d9df9f5

Can you now re-considerate the feature ?

Thanks

#7 Updated by intrigeri about 1 year ago

A custom depo for debian is now provided by qtox dev: https://www.reddit.com/r/projecttox/comments/5a01gs/what_client_can_i_use_on_debian_sid_unstable/d9df9f5

This will allow users to install it themselves, then: we've documented how to persistently add APT sources.

But that's not sufficient to install Tox by default. As https://tails.boum.org/support/faq/#new_software says we're installing stuff from Debian proper.

#8 Updated by goupille 7 months ago

qtox is now in Debian testing: https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/qtox hence I reopen this ticket

they document on their website how it is possible to use in through Tor (https://wiki.tox.chat/users/tox_over_tor_tot) and, according to their FAQ (https://tox.chat/faq.html) it doesn't seems to use SIP (so maybe no need of UDP and a working VOIP).

also, whonix presents tox as a VOIP solution (https://www.whonix.org/wiki/VoIP#Tox)

I did not try it myself.

#9 Updated by goupille 7 months ago

  • Status changed from Rejected to Confirmed

#10 Updated by goupille 7 months ago

I quickly tried to install qtox from unstable in Tails 3.11, and it requires a lot of packages, including libc6, to be upgraded to Testing.

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