Brief: ‘Wire’ is an impressive open-source slack alternative. Here, we take a quick look at it.
Wire: An Open Source Slack Alternative
Since the beginning, Wire marketed itself as the world’s most private messaging app. It offers end to end encryption to text and voice calls, graphics, images, basically every content you share.
Of course, now we have a lot of options to choose from when considering security and privacy for messaging.
But, when it comes to open-source messaging platforms for team collaboration like Slack, we may not have loads of alternatives. Fortunately, Wire comes into the rescue as an open-source messaging platform.
Also, it is worth noting that it wasn’t open-source originally until Q2 2016.
Features of Wire
Wire is available as a desktop client (electron-based) for Linux and can be accessed through the desktop browser as well.
In addition to all that, it supports Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. Here are some of the key features of Wire:
- Open-source application
- Complete encryption for all type of contents
- No ads, no data gathering, no data sharing
- Text, voice and video chats
- Group chats and calls
- You can choose to log in with your Phone number (which is optional)
- Sleek, modern interface
- Protected by strict data laws (Swiss HQ & EU servers)
- Free (personal) and paid options available.
Wire has some seriously cool features up its sleeve. You can utilize it as just another private messenger with your friends and family.
However, if you want a team to collaborate with all the necessary features, you can go for the paid Pro/Enterprise plans (head to the official pricing page to know about it.)
Installing Wire on Ubuntu/Linux
You can access it through your browser if you want.
If you want o get it installed on your Linux system, you can look it up from your software center. It may not be the latest version, but you might find it listed in your app center.
In either case, you can install it using the .Deb/.AppImage or compressed tar file/source from its official GitHub releases page to make sure you have the latest version.
Wire is indeed an interesting messaging platform for personal use and work. Being an open-source solution, it features a modern and sleek UI.
The cross-platform availability and lower pricing for team collaboration in comparison to Slack/Mattermost make it an interesting choice.
What do you think about it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below.