I'm looking for a chat program to replace messenger.
I have four hard requirements:
- It has to be possible to run on a linux desktop. Preferably native, but web based chats, clients that can be run via wine is acceptable. It's also ok to use Pidgin.
- It should not require a phone number.
- It has to be relatively easy to use on a cell phone.
- It should be free to use.
So, I'm getting fed up with messenger and I want to replace it with something else. I also have friends who are drifting away, but they are always suggesting stuff like Kik and Signal that requires your phone number.
I have tried Whatsup (yes I know it requires a phone number) in an Android emulator, but that is not an option. It required way too much resources.
I value privacy very much, and I would prefer end to end encryption.
Personally, I don't care much for sending images and other stuff. As long as it's a working chat, I'm satisfied. But it should be as easy to use as possible on cell phones, because other people are not like me. I would also prefer if it is open source and decentralized, but those are not hard requirements.
Think of it like this. I want to be able to say to people who are not computer nerds, but just regular people in the age 18-55 (above that, i'll just use my phone number) that "Hey, I have stopped using messenger, but you can reach me at instead".