|Initial release||March 2, 2017|
0.1.0 / January 29, 2020
|Written in||Vala and GTK+|
|Operating system||Linux, FreeBSD|
|Standard(s)||Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)|
|Available in||25 languages|
|Type||Instant messaging client|
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Dino is a free and open-source instant messaging client for Linux and other operating systems supporting the GTK toolkit. It supports the exchange of encrypted text and picture messages using the open Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). The software and source code are released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3.
The development of Dino was started in 2016 by a small group of open-source developers. On March 2, 2017, first code was submitted to the public repository on GitHub. The first official stable release (Version 0.1.0) was on Jan 29, 2020.
Since 2017, Dino participates as a project in the Google Summer of Code program (under umbrella of Conversations, GNOME and XMPP Standards Foundation) and as a result received contributions from four students.
Dino was added to the testing distribution of Debian by February 2018 and was included in Ubuntu 18.04 release in April 2018. In February 2019, it was added to Fedora and FreeBSD Ports.
Dino focuses on providing a modern XMPP experience while emphasizing user privacy.  In addition to point-to-point encryption using Transport Layer Security (TLS), it fully supports end-to-end encryption using OMEMO and OpenPGP protocols for messages and file transfers in direct chats and groups. Advanced privacy features include the ability to disable read markers (double tick) and typing notifications on per-user basis.
As XMPP allows multiple clients to login as the same user, Dino can run in parallel on multiple devices and automatically synchronizes state between them. This also works in combination with other XMPP clients on other platforms like Conversations on Android-Smartphones, if they are compliant with the required XMPP Extension Protocols (XEP) to leverage this functionality. Additionally, Dino also supports to log into multiple accounts from one client. Relying on the XMPP standard, Dino does not make use of a single provider or service, instead it allows to use any standard-compliant server.
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