How do I install Pidgin-OTR on PureOS?


#1

Hey guys, sorry for the dumb question but my Librem 15 is my first experience with Linux.

When I googled this the results were all “It’s in insert other linux OS version of Software, just install it.” I was able to get base Pidgin that way, but not OTR. It doesn’t appear there’s a OTRInstall.exe equivalent, and I don’t know how to proceed.

The only time I use Pidgin is specifically for OTR and this is the last thing I still need my Windows computer for so I’m anxious to solve this. Seems odd to need Windows over PureOS to successfully have encrypted chat.

Thanks in advance.


#2

Fortunately you don’t need Windows for encrypted chat. :slight_smile:

OTR is “Off The Record” and there are a number of plugins to use OTR in a variety of apps on Linux, including Pidgin. In fact, you can install the Pidgin OTR plugin this way;

apt install pidgin-otr

on the command line.


#3

Golly that’s simple. Thanks! Just for my mnemonics, what does “apt” stand for? I suspect I may wish to use it again in the future.


#4

‘apt’ is Advanced Package Tool and it is the package management tool used in Debian. There are GUIs for it but the command line interface is fast and powerful.


#5

Consider OMEMO instead of OTR, it’s much better in many ways, but your contacts have to use it as well.
https://github.com/gkdr/lurch is the plugin for Pidgin.


#6

Such as what, would you say? I’m a half decent salesman (not by trade) but I think I’d need more to sell everybody on a change to something what seemingly ain’t broke already.

I’d really need a big improvement in noticeable ways to successfully effect a change probably.


#7

Actually found this:

Puri.sm endorse OMEMO as the best option themselves and see it on the roadmap.