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208 words by gman999 written on 2015–11–19, last edit: 2017–09–03, tags: pets, porting ⋔ Previous post: The Case of Brazil Relays ⋔ Next post: Thinking About 2016
After the June 2013 Snowden disclosures, a rush towards developing applications to counter mainstream, closed-source services commenced. Many focuse on Debian Linux as a development platform, but aim at more widely used Windows, OSX, iOS and Android user-base. Beyond client applications, there are also network-based servers and services seeking to provide privacy and anonymity.
The term “PETs” refers to privacy-enhancing technologies, and in this case, we use it as a catch-all for these server and client solutions.
Some of these projects have been ported to one or more BSD. Others have not. On that note, we began a list of applications and their status as BSD ports in the main BSD operating systems. We encourage feedback on this list, and also investigations into porting these applications. Some of well-worth reviewing and considering; others have ceased development or are broken beyond resurrection. Others just need some reworking towards sanity, as one will notice that ubiquitous build dependency bash.
It’s a call for engagement to the *BSD community. Bring your sane, portable development approaches, your intransigent working and reworking of Makefiles, your austere mentality. This is an opportunity to improve applications whose user base might be someone whose life depends on it.
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