Re: [GnomeMeeting-devel-list] Interest for GM 2.00

On Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 01:30:40PM +0100, Damien Sandras wrote:
> Hello to all,
> I have some doubts about the future of the project. I know that it is a
> recurrent subject with me since I started it back in 2000...


> GnomeMeeting is playing in those 4 fields, but there are now so many
> alternatives, that I wonder if there is still an interest to develop
> GnomeMeeting after 2.00 will have been released. Two years ago, you had
> to use GnomeMeeting if you wanted to do 1), 2), or 4). Currently, there
> are so many alternatives that GnomeMeeting is perhaps unuseful.
> So you, GnomeMeeting users, what do you think of that?

Don't overestimate the competition. Non of the other softphone options
on Linux come close to competing with GnomeMeeting. Either they are
half-developed, unreliable and buggy, or they are just plain ugly and
completely unusable.

SIP is only just *starting* to pick up speed and will continue to grow
fast in the next few years. GnomeMeeting's future is in riding that wave
by bringing simple, easy to use SIP support that "just works" to the
Linux desktop. The 2.0 release will do this I believe and could be
GnomeMeeting's most important release ever, but it's still only the

> Should I start another project and develop slowly on GnomeMeeting, or
> should I continue full-speed?

Full-speed please! There is so much still left to do! GnomeMeeting's
number one trump card is it's integration with the Gnome desktop and
that has much more potential still to be taken advantage of.

Disclaimer: I am one of the "full-time talented developers" (at least I hope
I'm talented) you mentioned and I work for a "big company" full-time
writing SIP related software. So my opinions of SIP's future might be
a little biased. ;)

CJ van den Berg

mailto:cj vdbonline com
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   sip:8918316 sipgate de

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