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Wire Messaging Software Has Gone Open-Source Invites Devs to Contribute

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Written by Aragonian

Messaging has become an integral part of our everyday internet use and its use differs from person to person.

There are some of us who only use messaging apps to talk to friends and family but there are others who strictly use them for business purposes only,whatever your reason is, it won’t far fetched to say that messaging apps are as important in our daily lives  as any other app found in our devices.

Wire is a secure messaging software that offers encrypted end to end text messaging, high-quality voice calls as well voice messaging between contacts. The cross-platform software has gone open-source with the source code posted on GitHub containing all the bits and pieces found on the Android, Windows, iOS, as well as Mac OS X platforms and including its Linux-compatible web app.

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This is great news for the open-source community and despite the fact that there are already a countless number of open-source messaging apps, some of which are in the making, Wire brings to the table tried and tested features that can’t be found in some of the already available apps.

Unlike the cliché apps found everywhere on the internet, Wire is known to provide its users with reboast private conversations and now the developers are inviting app developers, and software enthusiast to help build their own clients, review the source code and contribute their findings.

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According to the Co-Founder and CTO of WIRE Alan Duric, “Open sourcing was always part of our initial plan and it took some time to reach this stage. We decided to take the open source path because transparency and community engagement is of utmost importance for any product that has security at its core.”

“Open-sourcing the full Wire client code base represents an important milestone [for the company and the challenges it faces]. We can also imagine in the weeks, months and years to come that an open source, secure messenger client could be appealing in an internet of things paradigm, digital health and the automotive industry too.”
Details and all required information needed to get started can be found on the official Wire GitHub page.

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Aragonian

Aragonian is a nocturnal being that favors his nights with long gaming sessions and horrific movies while he scours the internet for what's trending in the tech industry by day. He adores Linux as a platform and is always happy to cover what's trending on Linux and the in open source world on TecMint.

  • Kirquix

    The interface is horrible. Also, I understand the guys behind Wire used to work at Skype, which doesn’t inspire confidence since Skype isn’t known for its security (but, rather, for its lack thereof). I’ll stick with Threema.

    • Jesse Afolabi

      now that’s it’s opensource, i highly doubt they will still have anything to hide so we need not worry for the most part..

      • Kirquix

        Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that they built Skype without proper security on purpose, I assume they just didn’t know better. Which is why I think it’s strange that now — when it’s become sexy — all of a sudden they care about privacy. Other messengers (e.g., Threema and Signal) have been around for a long time, and they have always put privacy first. I don’t see anything new that Wire has to offer. I guess, it’s still better to use this messenger instead of, say, WhatsApp.

        • Jesse Afolabi

          i understand your point of view…but people are always in need of more options so i’m certain that Wire will garner quite the user base eventually..

          • Kirquix

            Sure, it’s possible. Then again, most people have settled on a messenger. I think if they switch, they’ll use another messenger they already know (and that’s been around for a while, like Threema, Signal, or Telegram). And if Wire doesn’t change something about that interface, I don’t see how it could possibly become mainstream.

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