Re: [GnomeMeeting-devel-list] Interest for GM 2.00
- From: Colin Guthrie <gnomemeeting colin guthr ie>
- To: GnomeMeeting development mailing list <gnomemeeting-devel-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: [GnomeMeeting-devel-list] Interest for GM 2.00
- Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 23:56:56 +0000
Hi Damien et. al.
Damien Sandras wrote:
GnomeMeeting was the first "easy-to-use" multi-platform softphone. I
insist on the "multi-platform" aspect, as the code is portable.
(However, nobody is maintaining the MacOSX port, nobody is maintaining
the FreeBSD port, and we have to do the WIN32 port ourselves (thanks
Just to share my own personal experience. I've relatively setup our
office (there are about 6 of us on site with a few satalites), with
Asterisk. As we work on a very tight budget, we could not afford to
purchase hardware SIP phones for everyone, but as we all work on
computers my intention was to give everyone softphones. I assumed it
would be easy but it was much harder than I thought. While I initially
played with IAX we got serious issues with audio lag, and it just
wouldn't shift - defo something at *'s end, but who knows what.
Anyways, I had success with SIP but none of the SIP clients I tried were
stable or offered features like line transfers etc. I tried *lots* of
Linux SIP soft phones but none were any good. I finally found the GM2.0
snapshots and thought I'd take it for a whirl. It's been stable as a
rock since despite being snapshot releases!!!!
I am genuinely excited about the Win32 version too as I am currently
forced to use SIPPs (a demo version) which is slow, buggy and
rubbish.... GM would be much better :)
FWIW the one feature I miss in GM is multiple line support. Multiple
lines would allow a Managed Transfer feature which would be ace. e.g.
Incomming call -> Operation -> *Hold* + Call real recipient -> "I have a
call from Mr So and so - Yes, put him through." -> Unhold+transfer :)
The above said, I use GAIM a lot for my MSN/Jabber accounts and one of
the SIP solutions I looked at prior to settling on GM was the
Lindows/Linspire GAIM hack that supports SIP. It was a non-starter
really, but I do have to admit I do like the of having GAIM do my phone
as well as my IM etc. I do like GM, so please don't take this the wrong
way, but I think this is the kind of feedback you are probably expecting
Opal does indeed seem like a very good library (tho' not looked at it as
a dev) and there is perhaps an oportunity to integrate this into
Gaim/Kopete or similar? Perhaps that could be a potential post 2.0
project if you do decide to slow down GM development?
As a side note, I very rarely use USB keys. I generally keep everything
(email, contacts, calendar, files etc.) online on my home server. But on
the odd occasion when I do find myself at someone elses windows PC, a
really neat feature would be if I could just stick in a USB key and run
GM and/or Gaim and have my settings all stored on the USB. Without ANY
setup, I've got my instant messaging and my phone system. OK, I know
that audio devices would have to be somehow guessed/or prompted for due
to different hardware etc. but that would be very, very useful.
Even for ppl moving round large companies it could be quite useful (I
know most corporate VOIP solutions allow you to easily log in to any
hard phone in the building whereever you are - and I guess the above is
a similar concept.
Just a passing thought.
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