If anyone knows and is looking for a project to help out with, Go-based protocol implementation library and a native Signal client using it are in dire need of love:
github.com/RadicalApp/libsigna
github.com/aebruno/whisperfish

Yes, I also prefer truly decentralized protocols, but Signal is where it's at currently with a lot of people, and it's way better than other popular options... So, we need independent clients.

@rysiek I was half sure they closed down for alternative clients too when they stopped federation. Didn't they block a fork that expunged the Google Play Service dependencies from the standard android client?
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@pettter well they insist that unofficial clients do not use the word "Signal" in the name. Other than that, Whisperfish seems to work fine (modulo bugs and missing functionality) so far.

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@pettter @rysiek I'm using the java-based CLI client and haven't had problems...

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