The Briar Project



  • I stumbled across the Briar Project recently - https://briarproject.org/ - and thought it was interesting... Particularly the part about being able to use bluetooth, wifi and tor to communicate.

    Anyway, I emailed them about the possibility of having an app for UT, and got a response. I trust they won't mind me quoting some of it, because he asks three questions that I'm not sure of the answers to!

    • Is there an Android or POSIX compatibility layer?
    • Is Java supported?
    • Can apps run in the background and keep network connections open when the device is idle?

    Also, some time ago, there was some excitement about a similar project called The Serval Project - http://www.servalproject.org/ Does anyone know if anything happened there?

    Thanks



  • @3arn0wl said in The Briar Project:

    Is there an Android or POSIX compatibility layer?

    No Android. Linux is POSIX already, so no compatibility layer is needed for that, though apps are confined by apparmor.

    @3arn0wl said in The Briar Project:

    Is Java supported?

    No. One could theoretically include a JRE in their app to run Java code, but it is not part of the OS.

    @3arn0wl said in The Briar Project:

    Can apps run in the background and keep network connections open when the device is idle?

    There isn't an app level API for doing this, but it's possible for a user to enable this themselves with UT Tweak Tool. If all messages are e2e encrypted though, it would theoretically be possible to use push notifications as a transport mechanism as well (though this would not work for a mesh network case, and not entirely p2p).



  • 🙂 Thank you, @dobey. I'll feed that information back.


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