in case you are wondering about what's happening in delta chat development
land ... find below the "monthly" report for Dec 2018 we write for the otf-active list,
the list of projects funded by the OpenTechnologyfund, among them Briar,
Guardianproject and several other interesting ones.
Also: stable DeltaChat releases are coming for Android and Desktop real soon now (tm) ...
btw, for later next week help with translations and dev-release testing would help --
it's also ongoing with the excellent bug reports from Adbenitez and others,
see here for good example: https://github.com/deltachat/deltachat-android-ii/issues/203
happy new beginnings everyone, looking forward to another interesting year
of DeltaChat happenings :)
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Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2019 17:22:53 +0100
From: holger krekel <holger(a)merlinux.eu>
Subject: [otf-active] DeltaChat in December 2018
tons of things happened December 2018 with Delta.Chat (the e-mail based chat messenger),
here are highlights:
- published the needfinding report based on 16 interviews with journalists, activists,
trainers in Ukraine. It forms the basis, along with user-testing result from Oct/Nov 2018
in Kyiv, for upcoming DeltaChat developments. The report is useful to skim/read
also for other secure messenging projects.
- several APK preview releases of Delta/Android-dev, our renewed and refactored code
base for the Delta/Android app. It closes some 20 known and hard to fix
issues with the old code base and is currently receiving early user-testing
and we are fixing bugs and UX glitches, aiming for a new F-Droid release in Jan2019
- several Debian package preview releases of Delta/Desktop, our new Desktop app
which is continously evolving and used successfully by a bunch of people
on an everyday basis. We are still tweaking our Desktop version to
be more familiar/similar to the Android version workflows.
- the 0.97 versions of Desktop and Android releases also work with
a new combined transifex translation repository, requiring re-translating
all strings which now are used across Desktop and Android apps.
- Due to high community demand, some DeltaChat developers met for a
couple of days and revamped the "shared account" logic which allows users to
use a single e-mail account for both regular and chat e-mail. The new refined logic
was first prototyped and tested from Python and then implemented with Deltachat-core,
the C-library used by all DeltaChat apps.
- At the yearly CCC conference (35C3 in Leipzig) we organized
the !decentral assembly where several DeltaChat and DAT sessions
took places with friends from IPFS, qutebrowser and other projects
hanging out as well. We also did a UX session with 20 people attending
and could get everyone setup with Android, Desktop or iOS (iOS
saw heavy development during 35c3 which needs to be incorporated into
github master still).
For any questions, mail me or find us on #deltachat freenode.
wishing everyone a good beginning of 2019,
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