There was an interesting discussion on IRC today:
(9:02:32 AM) The topic for #jitsi is: Channel for the Jitsi project,
the OpenSource Video Calls and Chat Client. Visit http://jitsi.org for
(3:11:32 PM) ParahSailin [~parah@unaffiliated/parahsailin] entered the room.
(3:11:36 PM) ParahSailin: hi
(3:15:36 PM) ParahSailin: what i'd really like in a chat client, that
i'm currently using skype for but unsatisfied due to their poor linux
(3:16:21 PM) ParahSailin: ability to have a persistent chat session
with about a dozen close friends, and to easily make voice conferences
with a subset of those in the same program
(3:16:48 PM) ParahSailin: to be able to connect from multiple
locations to the same account and reliably receive messages to all
(3:17:21 PM) ParahSailin: to be able to receive a backlog of messages
missed when client was not connected, from any location
(3:17:39 PM) ***ParahSailin is willing to help develop
(3:36:05 PM) marclaporte: ParahSailin: what is Jitsi not already doing?
(3:36:32 PM) ParahSailin: im researching jitsi
(3:36:56 PM) marclaporte: Ok, what you describe is a subset of what I
am working on: http://suite.tiki.org/Tiki+Suite+Features
(3:37:21 PM) marclaporte: get Jitsi with ejabberd
(3:38:33 PM) ParahSailin: basically, i want the same thing this guy
writes about http://www.disruptivetelephony.com/2010/12/skype-and-the-incredible-power-of-persistent-group-chats.html
(3:42:35 PM) u42p: that sounds awesome
(3:43:59 PM) u42p left the room (quit: Quit: Leaving).
(3:44:08 PM) marclaporte: XMPP has that
(3:44:28 PM) marclaporte: ParahSailin: do you have a gmail account? If
so, you have an XMPP account
(3:44:47 PM) ParahSailin: ah xmpp has group chat?
(3:45:02 PM) marclaporte: yes
(3:46:43 PM) marclaporte: and you can start a call
(3:48:17 PM) marclaporte: you can join me in firstname.lastname@example.org
(3:48:41 PM) marclaporte: And you will see messages before you
appeared, which is better than IRC
(3:49:02 PM) marclaporte: how come we are now in IRC instead of XMPP
chat: I don't have a good explanation
(3:49:19 PM) marclaporte: Make yourself an account:
(3:49:30 PM) marclaporte: and use with jitsi and create your own room
(5:14:44 PM) The account has disconnected and you are no longer in
this chat. You will be automatically rejoined in the chat when the
Now, imagine all this was done with Jitsi, and the chats were logged,
searchable, with RSS feeds, etc.