[jitsi-dev] Feature request


#1

Developers...

Since there doesn't seem to be another way of requesting features (other
than posting to this list), here goes three requests that came up in
discussion with my colleagues who are all keen on using Jitsi and dash
skype:

1. Integration with Thunderbird address book - I hazard to guess that
there is many users who would benefit from this
2. Improvements to gui. I imagine a huge work has been invested in the
gui, but I think that its look creates a big barrier for convincing
anyone to migrate from skype, for example. It is strikingly neglected
given the impressive capabilities of Jitsi and the fact that it is so
much talked about nowadays.
3. (related to #2) Non-java based gui - I am sure you hear this all the
time and I imagine there are good reasons why you stick with java such
as interoperability, but non-java versions would make a huge difference
to user experience.

Thanks. I know that this is easy to say and hard to implement and the
capacities are not sufficient. Still, want to list it here.

karel


#2

Hey Karel,

Developers...

Since there doesn't seem to be another way of requesting features (other
than posting to this list), here goes three requests that came up in
discussion with my colleagues

That's exactly the preferred way. Thank you for posting here.

who are all keen on using Jitsi and dash
skype:

1. Integration with Thunderbird address book - I hazard to guess that
there is many users who would benefit from this

This was something we wanted to do but then found that there was no
simple way of accessing Thunderbird's address book. We would be very
interested in integrating this if someone was to contribute it.

2. Improvements to gui. I imagine a huge work has been invested in the
gui, but I think that its look creates a big barrier for convincing
anyone to migrate from skype, for example. It is strikingly neglected
given the impressive capabilities of Jitsi and the fact that it is so
much talked about nowadays.

Anything more specific? What are the parts that you believe represent a
barrier and are they really a GUI problem? A significant part of the
complexities in Jitsi come from the fact that there's no single service
behind it and we need to keep it open for users to connect to whatever
services they would like to use.

3. (related to #2) Non-java based gui - I am sure you hear this all the
time and I imagine there are good reasons why you stick with java such
as interoperability, but non-java versions would make a huge difference
to user experience.

Can you explain exactly how you find the Java GUI to be a problem?

Thanks. I know that this is easy to say and hard to implement and the
capacities are not sufficient. Still, want to list it here.

Well ... maybe it isn't, but it's hard to tell since other than asking
us to "please make it better" you aren't really saying that much.

Cheers,
Emil

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On 22.02.13, 15:40, Karel Novotny wrote:

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#3

Hi,

I do not think leaving Java for the GUI would make anything better.
Nowadays there are very nice themes which can be used in Java.
So, if a GUI is nice or not does most of the times not depend on
the underlying technology (there are some exceptions). So what
GUI technology do you have in mind? QT? ncurses? HTML5?

I am also using Thunderbird and many people do. But Mozilla
announced to drop Thunderbird. So what's it worth investing
in a plugin? It is more important to have, maybe, more
adapters to address books and enhance the already available
address book.

Cheers,
Matt

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Am 22.02.2013 15:40, schrieb Karel Novotny:

Developers...

Since there doesn't seem to be another way of requesting features (other
than posting to this list), here goes three requests that came up in
discussion with my colleagues who are all keen on using Jitsi and dash
skype:

1. Integration with Thunderbird address book - I hazard to guess that
there is many users who would benefit from this
2. Improvements to gui. I imagine a huge work has been invested in the
gui, but I think that its look creates a big barrier for convincing
anyone to migrate from skype, for example. It is strikingly neglected
given the impressive capabilities of Jitsi and the fact that it is so
much talked about nowadays.
3. (related to #2) Non-java based gui - I am sure you hear this all the
time and I imagine there are good reasons why you stick with java such
as interoperability, but non-java versions would make a huge difference
to user experience.

Thanks. I know that this is easy to say and hard to implement and the
capacities are not sufficient. Still, want to list it here.

karel


#4

The rumors of the drop are greatly exaggerated.

http://blog.mozilla.org/beyond-the-code/2012/07/09/about-the-future-of-thunderbird/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Thunderbird

All that dropped was the rapid pace of change. To me, this is a good thing. I don't need a "Unity for Thunderbird" any time soon...

      Lee

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On 02/22/2013 11:24 AM, Buddy Butterfly wrote:

I am also using Thunderbird and many people do. But Mozilla
announced to drop Thunderbird. So what's it worth investing
in a plugin?