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Re: open source chat

Hi Katherine with a K!

Do you know of any speech to text apps that would work outdoors?
For recording minutes.

Must be able to handle techno - the language, not the music.
Handling French mixed into English would be trรจs bien.


On 2022-04-27 14:19, Katherine Mcmillan wrote:

Hello all,

I would like to help :)

Gitter - I agree with Rick, this could be a good open source option for chat/instant messaging. I'm happy to help in any way that I can to get this up-and-running for the group.

IRC - I have had a negative experience with IRC, but specifically with the FreeNode network (https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/19/freenode_staff_resigns/). I would recommend leveraging Libera or Efnet networks. I may also have a VM that could be used to setup our own network - however, it is running OpenBSD, not a Linux distro ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have had success with multiple clients, but do find the best are HexChat (Windows + Unix-like), XChat (Linux distros), or Nettalk (Windows). IRC is really ONLY good for text chat.

NextCloud - In my experience it has been fantastic for document storage, collaboration, chat, project management, and video calls. I do recommend setting up a TURN server at the start (https://help.nextcloud.com/t/howto-setup-nextcloud-talk-with-turn-server/30794). Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Jitsi - I think this group has a good handle on the pros/cons. Please let me know if I can help to leverage Jitsi.

BigBlueButton - Fantastically underrated for video calls and chat. Can be setup on a private server, but it isn't necessary, the free platform supported by Greenlight works great! I highly recommend at least trying it out, and would be happy to setup a test run for the group if anyone is interested. BigBlueButton also has an interesting history in Canada ๐Ÿ˜‰ (https://bigbluebutton.org/open-source-project/about/). I may have some special experience to bring (https://freebsdfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/ConferenceReports.pdf).

Finally, I agree with what others have recommended: attempting an in-person meeting! I would love to get to know everyone in-person.



From: Rick Leir <rleir [ at ] leirtech [ dot ] com>
Sent: 27 April 2022 13:04
To: linux [ at ] linux-ottawa [ dot ] org <linux [ at ] linux-ottawa [ dot ] org>
Subject: Re: [linux] open source chat

Attention : courriel externe | external email
Maybe you talked of this already: there is gitter.im which is an open source instant messaging and chat room for users of gitlab. I have not used it.

As someone else said, chat and messaging are poor tools for annual meetings. We would do better to meet outdoors and take a chance with the weather. I have an umbrella but will probably not need to use it.
Cheers -- Rick


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