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Messaging isn't complicated. It's sending text, emojis and photos, perhaps to a group, ideally w/ e2e encryption. You have 5 incompatible messaging apps on your phone not from tech limitations, but because greed drives orgs to ignore compatibility and optimize for vendor lock-in.

@kylerankin Imagine having 5 different web browsers you had to switch between depending on which website you wanted to visit. If these same orgs had their way, you would (and that's largely what phone apps have become).

@kylerankin there's probably an alternative universe where the first browser war ended like that.

@kylerankin Listen, to believe that this problem only exist within software and exist in a vacuum is crazy. Every industry in the world operates in the exact same way. Technology is licensed and thus standards are embraced. To think that software should operate like this when no else does without any kind of real incentive is like believing in unicorns. That said, I 100% support Purism and what you all are trying to do. I just think the expectations are a little too much for now.

@kylerankin As a SE myself, I've been trying to convince myself for years, but no argument so far has ever worked. The arguments all act like software is the one place where this sort of Utopian mindset can work, and where no one deserves to own their own IP is just a hard bridge to cross for me.

@kylerankin I do have 5 messaging apps on my phone and they are all incompatible with each other. However they are all open source / open standard and either they are dead simple or not really good in communicating with different apps for the same protocol, so apparently messaging is a bit difficult.

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