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Re: substitute for Skype

From: Luis Felipe
Subject: Re: substitute for Skype
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 19:18:50 +0000

Hi Gottfried,

On Monday, August 1st, 2022 at 15:47, Gottfried <> wrote:

> Has somebody got experience with Jami or Mumble?

I've used Jami until recently. As other people already mentioned, installing 
the "jami" package should be enough.

I only used it to converse with one person at a time, not group 
[audio|video]chats. When it worked, it was enjoyable. Unfortunately, most of 
the time it didn't.

I tried it for several months at different times, checking if upgrades would 
improve the experience, but the experience wasn't good enough to grow a list of 
contacts that included people from mainstream culture (people used to WhatsApp 
and proprietary software in general). The few contacts I had (~5) eventually 
stopped using the application because of its constant malfunctioning. Some 
contacts left making harsh comments about it.

Most noticeable problems:

• Missing messages
• Sharing images, voice messages and files seldom worked

This was pretty much people on Windows and Android devices and only me on a 
Guix System. The problems were not limited to communication with me, though, 
they were also present in android-to-android and windows-to-android 

There were a couple of times though were I could stablish audio communication 
for more than one hour without problems. But those times were exceptions.

That said, please try it out. Maybe things have changed. I hope.

Also, if you'd like to try it out, make sure there are substitutes available. 
Last time I upgraded my profile (10 days ago) there were no substites for 
"libjami", I think, and my computer was not powerful enough to build it.

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