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Tox: A Distributed And Secure P2P Instant Messaging Application (FOSS Skype Alternative)

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As the Internet continues its rapid expansion and evolution, privacy is becoming a serious concern for a lot of users, especially with the rise of social networks and services, and that is where Tox comes into play.

Tox is a FOSS attempt at creating a secure, privacy-centered and distributed instant messaging application that provides you with all the features you might expect from an all-in-one communication platform.

Among Tox's features are:
  • Audio and video calls
  • Group chats
  • Emoticon support
  • Encrypted communications
  • Command line interface
  • Cross-platform support
  • Ability to send/receive files

ScreenShots:

#Group chat


#Settings


#Ncurses Interface


The application is available on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. It comes with a variety of clients, such as qTox (Qt client) and Toxy (Metro-style client for Windows). To get the full list of available clients along with a comparison table, please visit the project wiki at: https://wiki.tox.im/Client

To install qTox on Ubuntu, first add the Tox Debian repository to your software sources:

#remove old key
sudo apt-key del 0C2E03A0
 
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb https://repo.tox.im/ nightly main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tox.list'
wget -qO - https://repo.tox.im/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
sudo apt-get update -qq
echo "Tox Repository Installed."
echo "You can now install utox, qtox, toxic, ratox and tox-bootstrapd"

Now, you can install your favorite client using the following command:

sudo apt-get install qtox

Arch users can easily install qTox from the AUR: qtox-git

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