[Telepathy] future of Telepathy?

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Tue Apr 26 16:11:22 UTC 2016

On 26/04/16 02:59, Martin Klapetek wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 12:52 PM, Dominik George <nik at naturalnet.de
> <mailto:nik at naturalnet.de>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     >The technical details are largely irrelevant. What matters is that,
>     >the way things stand today, a GNOME user can't use Whatsapp with
>     >Telepathy, and nobody is doing the work to change that.
>     Which is a good thing.
>     Make people want to use free software and services, rather than
>     spoiling free software with crap.
> It's not a good thing.
> Free software and services unfortunately are not in a position
> to dictate trends to the world, as sad as it may be.
> If significant portion of people are using WhatsApp or WhatEver,
> not supporting it only means being obliterated into irrelevance
> because nobody is going to use something, network or client, where
> they will be all alone, no matter how much better it may really be.
> And there is no way you could convince even 10% of your friends
> to switch to any current free software and service (diaspora, anyone?).
> That's just a reality.

The RTC Quick Start Guide[1] makes it easier than ever for sysadmins to
run XMPP and SIP servers that are reliable and support proper NAT traversal.

Debian already has these services running for developers, some other
communities are going down the same path.

There are problems but they are far from impossible to solve.

When it comes to dealing with your non-technical friends, well, if they
really respect you as an IT professional and you show them a quality
XMPP client like Conversations working well they will use it.  If you
tell them you don't use WhatsApp or Facebook, they may be a bit annoyed,
but if they are really your friends they will get over it.



1. https://rtcquickstart.org

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