Privacy and security is paramount, especially while you are communicating through internet with your near and dear ones. And then there is 'whom-to-trust' issue. Generally speaking, Open Source software has to be the most secure of them all. RetroShare seems like a good bet. It is an Open Source, cross-platform, private and secure decentralised communication platform and it even has a dedicated Ubuntu PPA repository.
- Server-less chat and file transfer. Sending a key to your friend by e-mail is enough to set up your own IM network.
- RetroShare incorporates encrypted chat and file transfer. Nobody, not even your ISP, will be able see what files you're sharing.
- Multiple simultaneous downloads/uploads.
- Search and send invites to friends/family for joining RetroShare network.
- GnuPG Authentication, OpenSSL Encryption.
- Really well executed GUI written with Qt4 toolkit. Ubuntu system tray integration.
How to Install RetroShare in Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 12.04?
- If you want the latest STABLE release, do the following in Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:csoler-users/retroshare
- If you ready to try out latest development snapshots of RetroShare, do this instead.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:csoler-users/retroshare-snapshots
- Irrespective of which PPA you have added, do the following in Terminal afterwards.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install retroshare
- And you are done.
Random Screenshots of RetroShare