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Apparently Tox? is a free and secure replacement of Skype. I like it, but how do I install it?

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How do I install Tox?

You can download the binaries from here: Binaries - Tox, download the package that is appropriate for you. When downloaded, install like so:

 sudo dpkg -i Venom-0.2.0-Linux.deb

Gui when installed:


lintian check, since this is still a nightly:

lintian Venom-0.2.0-Linux.deb 
W: venom: hardening-no-relro usr/bin/venom
E: venom: missing-dependency-on-libc needed by usr/bin/venom
E: venom: changelog-file-missing-in-native-package
E: venom: no-copyright-file
E: venom: misplaced-extra-member-in-deb _gpgbuilder (unexpected member at position 3)
E: venom: extended-description-is-empty
E: venom: maintainer-name-missing sean@tox.im
Use of uninitialized value $name in pattern match (m//) at /usr/share/perl5/Lintian/Check.pm line 203


Gist is removed. Will search for alternatives on a later date:

People that want to compile Tox, can find a script on github that does just that.

Script that installs Tox and its dependencies. Currently, works for Fedora, Debian, Mint, Redhat, SuSE, Arch, Gentoo, Ubuntu, and their derivatives.If something doesn't work, then tell me and I will fix it.

script: gist.github.com/fr0stycl34r/6690783

What is Tox? Tox is a skype replacement, with downloads available for Linux/Mac/Windows. At the time of writing, there are deb and rpm packages, both for i686 and AMD64 downloads, as per the Tox Binaries page. If one wishes to keep an eye out of the progress Tox is making, one could check out there GitHub page, or there jenkins.tox website.

Project Tox, also known as Tox, is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) instant messaging application aimed to replace Skype.

Why does Tox exist?

With the rise of governmental monitoring programs, Tox aims to be an easy to use, all-in-one communication platform (including audio, and videochats in the future) that ensures their users full privacy and secure message delivery.

About Tox

Tox is built with the idea that you can keep up with friends and family without having your privacy violated. While other big-name services require you to pay to unlock features, Tox is free in both price, and in liberty. That is, you’re free to do whatever you wish with Tox.


running Venom 0.2.0 on Ubuntu 14.10 linux Venom is a graphical client for the Tox core, written in Vala GTK

Tox is a free and open-source, peer-to-peer, encrypted instant messaging and video calling software


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It will be a nice alternative (when is stable). I will give it a try. Thanks for the info. Is it lightweight ? (system resources) –  NikTh Feb 20 '14 at 15:46
@NikTh, On my system its 8.1MB. To me thats light! –  blade19899 Feb 20 '14 at 15:47
Great! But is it only for 64bit? –  Wilf Feb 20 '14 at 15:54
@Wilf, can't seem to find a 32bit download. The tox Binaries page has downloads for Mac/Windows/Linux. But the Linux download links all state AMD64 –  blade19899 Feb 20 '14 at 15:58
@Wilf, lol they just updated there binary list: tox - binaries –  blade19899 Feb 20 '14 at 18:07

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