[kde-community] possible foss alternative to telegram/slack

Thomas Pfeiffer thomas.pfeiffer at kde.org
Fri May 20 16:22:43 BST 2016

On Dienstag, 17. Mai 2016 12:33:25 CEST Nicolás Alvarez wrote:
> 2016-05-17 5:55 GMT-03:00 Marco Martin <notmart at gmail.com>:
> > Hi all,
> > Right now many groups are using Telegram as their primary communication
> > medium due to some limitations in IRC (mainly due to the ease of pasting
> > images inline the channel and the lack of fancy mobile clients for IRC),
> > there may be other valid reasons i'm not aware of
> > today i randomly stumbled upon
> > http://www.mattermost.org/
> > 
> > it seems to tick all the boxes:
> > * open source
> > * we can self host an instance
> > * fancy mobile and desktop apps
> > * inline multimedia attachments into messages
> > * and most important for us old farts: bridge to IRC :p
> > 
> > didn't try it, just stumbled upon it but may be something to be
> > considered?
> There is no sane option for fancy mobile apps. You either compile your
> own apps, get a developer account on app stores ($99 for iOS, $25 for
> Android), get them through the app store review process, and maintain
> them forever; or you use the official Mattermost apps that are already
> in app stores, and pay Mattermost $20/user/year to send push
> notifications through their servers.

Are you sure about this? From what I've read on their website, only encrypted 
push notifications need a subscription, which is not necessary for talking 
about Free Software anyway, if we're being honest.
None of our current Telegram or IRC communication is encrypted, so why would 
we need encryption for Mattermost?
I cannot see anywhere that the Android app only works at all with a 

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