Online MacPorts Meeting on 21st April at 13:00 UTC - suggestion

Rainer Müller raimue at
Thu Apr 19 18:28:27 UTC 2018

On 2018-04-19 11:24, Rainer Müller wrote:
> On 2018-04-18 01:11, Rainer Müller wrote:
>> On 2018-04-13 13:34, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
>>> If we find three volunteers (I volunteer, so only two more needed), we
>>> could perhaps do a technology test run tomorrow at 13:00 UTC (that's
>>> precisely 7 days earlier)
>>> ... (or at any other potentially more suitable hour depending on who
>>> wants to participate).
>>> We could then test:
>>> - Hangouts
>>> - Discord
>>> - (potentially Skype, but it needs personal invitations etc.)
>>> - any other video conferencing tool, in case there are better suggestions
>>> and see which one fits best, but only if we get some proposal early enough.
>>> We could have IRC as a backup for coordination in case of technical
>>> problems etc.
>> As nobody replied, I assume the test run did not happen...
>> Unfortunately, I could not make it either.
> We should figure out the technical side, so we can focus on the
> discussion on Saturday.
> Let's give it another try today at 17:00 UTC, meet on #macports IRC.
> Who else would be willing to join the test run?
> I know this time of day is not ideal for anyone not in Europe, but the
> time is scarce until the meeting on Saturday.

Thanks everyone who joined the test run!
We tested today:

* Google Hangouts (Video)
  + worked out of the box for everyone
  - requires Google account
  - has a limit of maximum 10 people

* Discord (Audio)
  + does not require an account
  + runs in the browser
  - some people could only hear a subset of participants

* Zoom (Video)
  - forces you to install a .pkg, which already installs an app to
    /Applications in the preflight script; we aborted the test

* Mumble (Audio)
   - requires a native app
   - very difficult to set up with certificate-based auth
   - default settings for voice activation did not work

* (Video)
   + does not require an account
   + runs in the browser
   - some people could only hear a subset of participants

As it was the only option that worked out of the box for everyone,
we decided to use Google Hangouts on Saturday.

We assume (and hope) that we will not be more than 10 people who want to
participate in the meeting. The link to join the call will be posted to
the corresponding wiki page for the meeting.


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