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According to the website, PureOS come with QTox, the secure instant messaging client. Unfortunately I cannot find QTox anywhere in the distribution. Is the list of software that comes with PureOS just a list of software that it would be nice to have? qTox isn't even in the PureOS repositories from what I could find.

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@mak what do you think about adding qtox lines to our sources.list until we have the time to package it into Debian (and that way it syncs into PureOS)?

I recommend *against* pulling in third-party code repositories.

Specifically regarding QTox, security concerns have been raised, as well as maintenance concerns, at

For the topic of this bugreport more narrowly, I recommend to fix website to not mention products not in PureOS (or at least then very carefully mentoin the lack of availability!).

jonas.smedegaard removed jonas.smedegaard as the assignee of this task.Sep 7 2017, 05:19
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Hm, looking the bug report (which is already couple of years old and the last msg was from 2 years ago), it seems this is stuck. I do wonder what is the current state of tox itself (especially now that matrix and riot are on rise).

As I understand it, QTox is different from Matrix:

  • Matrix is a client-server federated structure which requires a centralized identity service for its federation to work.
  • QTox is a Peer-to-Peer system.

As such I find it unfair to compare the two so directly.

I am not trying to be fair nor compare them as technical solution - the idea of Tox was to have some default for PureOS secure chat/videoconferencing app but now that it seems that Matrix with its clients is going to end up being default for PureOS, I think we can safely disregard tox for now (at least until it gets properly packaged into Debian and is more end-user usable than Matrix).

jonas.smedegaard closed this task as Invalid.Oct 26 2017, 05:39

given that - according to Zlatan above - the aim of this issue is as default tool for PureOS, I agree it is obsoletd by Matrix.

Thus closing as no longer a valid concern.