Why not use WhatsApp

On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 10:42 Rainer Müller <rai...@macports.org> wrote:

> 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 [1]. 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 [2], an open source solution for video conferencing
> via WebRTC in the browser. However, browser support seems to be limited,
> especially with Safari.
>
> Rainer
>
> [1] https://discordapp.com/open-source
> [2] https://jitsi.org/
>

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