Faraday is a desktop app that lets you create and chat with AI characters. It uses open-source models and run fully locally, meaning your conversations stay on your computer.
Literally kobold + SillyTavern. but noob friendly
Faraday really makes it easy for everyone to start tinkering around with AI. It is chat-centric, allowing you to set up "characters" with descriptions and examples in order to tune the responses created, and then lets you chat with them. Starting a new chat with an existing character is just one click, butg you also always can continue an existing chat if you want. There is even an online character hub where you not only can download characters created by other people, but also uppload your own. The actual options you have for tweaking the AI behaviour are abundant - you can just use the standard setting, but you can also change these as much as you want. Oh, and it has built-in support to use your graphics card in order to enhance performance, if your grpahics card suuports that. And the best of all of this: This is all local - the model runs locally, the chats are stored locally. (The character hub obviously is online, and they are adding some sort of a cloud option to store your data, but all of this is purely option, and if you want to keep it all local, you can!)
Faraday is the easiest to install and use local solution for running language models. On top of this, they have an excellent character hub that is filled with a growing collection of quality characters. Tethering to allow remote use a model run on your computer should be coming soon too, completing the picture. On top of this, there’s a cloud option for those without the hardware to run a quality model. While the cloud option is a monthly cost, the rest is free! And the dev team releases updates at an insane speed.
They don't have Linux support.
Faraday is a full-featured app for using LLMs locally and privately. What's more it doesn't require you to build or compile it, configure it, or bombard you with needless options. It's just a full-featured, privacy-conscious app that works out of the box and is intuitive & easy-to-use. I'm a power user, but prefer apps that aren't pointlessly complex and don't require endless hours of fiddling to get working.
How do you have support for Windows and Mac and not Linux?! Disappointed.