File sharing alternative to coquelicot

Problem: Coquelicot’s (the file sharing app) author has stopped maintaining it. The app is in Ruby and future Ruby binary upgrades are affecting the working of the app. We need to look for a replacement.

I was discussing this briefly with @njoseph and we had the following options in mind:

  1. Fix coquelicot for newer Ruby versions
  2. Find a new project that accomplishes this and integrate with FreedomBox (package for Debian if necessary)
  3. Write a fresh alternative

I was exploring option 2, and assumed the following features to be present in the alternative:

  1. A web frontend
  2. Has the ability to generate a unique link for the file to be shared

I found this https://github.com/YouTransfer/YouTransfer
Let me know what you think about this. Also drop in your opinions on the above options.

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Ooh! This looks promising!

I think a lot of Freedombox users were eager to use Coquelicot (again), and I consider the ability to share files privately and securely without using third party services a big selling point of the Freedombox vision. And this was the main reason I bought my little box (Micro) - so I could serve large photo archives to my clients.

So +1 for YouTransfer!

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Framasoft is using Lufi for their encrypted file-sharing service hosted at framadrop.org.
I filed an RFP for it. Any help with Debian packaging is welcome!

YouTransfer doesn’t do client-side encryption like Lufi. Also, it is currently looking for maintainers.
We tried Filetea and Coquelicot earlier. They were both abandoned by their upstream maintainers. Hence, we had to drop them from FreedomBox as well.
I’m betting on Lufi being maintained since Framasoft is using it in production.

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Here’s the dependency analysis for YouTransfer
https://wiki.debian.org/Javascript/Nodejs/Tasks/YouTransfer