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Re: [] FSF is hiring: outreach and communication coordinator

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [] FSF is hiring: outreach and communication coordinator
Date: Thu, 02 May 2013 16:24:40 +0100

Danyl Strype <address@hidden>
> All Google services work under a unified login (inc. YouTube etc). If you
> got one prior to G+ launch, especially through Gmail, which integrates
> Hangouts as part of the built-in GChat client, the 'real name' policy isn't
> enforced. That doesn't solve the proprietary plug-in problem though. I note
> your skepticism, but I'm confident

The policy isn't *currently* enforced.  It's still there.  By the way,
Github has a similar but worse policy that says something like "full
legal name" yet tons of F/OSS projects use it :-(

> A side note: what really blows my mind is that no free code application
> (desktop or web) that I've seen has combining email, chat (text, voice, and
> video), and address book in one nicely-integrated client. It was an obvious
> idea to me even before GMail did it, and I just don't understand why it
> hasn't been copied.

I'm told IceOwl (and presumably the less free Mozilla Thunderbird) has
email, text chats (IRC for sure) and address book in one client.  I
see a few plugins for voice-calling but they look like they hand over
to desk phones (connected to things like Asterisk) for the actual

I've also been reading a few things about a new GNOME email reader recently - I don't know if that
would be easy to extend, but "Eventually we’d like Geary to have an
extensible plugin architecture" makes me think not yet.

Hope that helps,
MJ Ray (slef), member of, a for-more-than-profit co-op. supporter, web and library systems developer.
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Available for hire (including development) at

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