On 2018-04-07 14:18, William H. Magill wrote: > IRC is still quite popular in Europe, but is little used in the US. IRC on our #macports channel is fine to ask questions for which you do not want to write a lengthy email or to debug problems with quick back-and-forth on what to check or try.
However, meetings on IRC are slow, as you have to wait for others to type, you have no notifications whether others still have something to say, etc. For such a scheduled meeting, I would prefer audio chat as that would make the communication more direct and faster. > One alternative to IRC is “Discord” — it has the same “type text” > capabilities as IRC, but as far as I’m concerned, it is MUCH easier to use. > It also supports voice channels. > > And, yes, there is a Mac client - OSX and IOS - as well as access through the > browser. > > https://discordapp.com > > It is pitched as “for gamers,” mainly because of its voice capabilities. Discord looks fine to me. Apparently we would not even be the first open source project to use it . Apparently you can use it directly in a browser without registration ("claiming the account"). The other well-known option would of course be Skype. However, with Skype one person would have to collect interested developers first and then invite them to a group call. With Discord it seems like you can just create a room that everyone can join, which would be a lot simpler. There is also Jitsi , an open source solution for video conferencing via WebRTC in the browser. However, browser support seems to be limited, especially with Safari. Rainer  https://discordapp.com/open-source  https://jitsi.org/