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Recording of Conversations developer Daniel Gultsch on the state of the community in 2019 at

media.ccc.de/v/froscon2019-244

Some takeaways:

1) there is a growing network of people working on a federated chat network based on XMPP. There has been a lot of activity in the space in recent years. This activity is partly due to the development sprints, many of which last year have been organized by @pep

2) a bunch of new (and existing) clients continue working on usability (cross platform, consistent UIs, support for mobile, end-to-end encryption). Particularly web clients such as ConverseJS by @jcbrand are promising.

3) A directory to search public discussion channels exists: search.jabbercat.org/rooms/1

4) Ongoing experimentation with what can be built on top of XMPP as a federated protocol by for example @Goffi

5) Conversations for Android has secured funding to implement a Voice / Video calls!

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@rra video calls???!?!? now we're talking.

that would be the impetus i need to move away from signal.

@rra Conversations voice and video! Woohoo!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡ :xmpp:

@pep @jcbrand @Goffi

@rra @pep @jcbrand @Goffi If only Daniel would switch to Mastodon instead of using Twitter... I would have dropped some money on the a/v feature :D

@honigdachse I would appreciate that too but he is an XMPP dev in the first place, so I would consider to support him if you like his work, not because of his social network presence

also he said he would come to #Fediverse once it supports DNS records so he could use its own domain without necessarily having to host an instance

@Muto I already do support him every now and then ;) But I really saw nothing about that a/v feature before so I was a bit surprised!

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