tox - IM and VoIP


  • GNU/Linux

    Hey guys, I've just discovered a new Instant Messaging, VoIP, etc. protocol named tox.

    Since I'm really impressed and it works without problems so far (besides the GUI-clients don't provide all needed functionality yet) I just wanted to announce it and ask what you think about it.

    maybe some day a tox-plugin will make it into NodeBB 😄

    I'll now compare the differences between the desktop clients I've tested on arch linux: toxic, qTox, uTox (μTox)

    toxic: CLI, so it has the greatest nerd-factor 🙂 but lacks in functionality of video-streaming
    qTox and uTox look nearly the same, so here a few differences that matter in functionality, etc.:
    uTox:

    • + screen-sharing functionality (worked on local testings quite well)
    • + sound-/video-check
    • - no support for encrypted profile-files

    qTox:

    • + tray-icon
    • + emoticons
    • + profile-images
    • + auto-away
    • + multi-profile (profile-export, etc.)
    • + webcam-filter (hue, brightness, resolution, etc.)
    • - qt5-dependencies :*( (wait, why does :* map to the tongue emoji, I'll need to check this...)

    So I clearly recommend qTox, the only important lack is screen-sharing but one of the devs told me it's planned...

    If you have further questions you may use the #tox IRC-channel on freenode 😉


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