Would anyone be interested in a PLUG chat room?

Steve Meyers steve at plug.org
Wed Mar 20 09:36:03 MDT 2019

There's a UTOS (Utah Open Source) Slack channel that a lot of people hang
out at. It's not Linux-exclusive, but I think that's probably better.


On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:15 AM Michael Holley <
mailinglists at michaelholley.us> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I listen to a couple of different Linux focused podcasts and both of them
> have created a chat room for their listeners to jump in and chat with other
> listeners and the hosts of the podcasts. I've really enjoyed having that
> ability to get to know these people in a way that I wouldn't otherwise.
> Though having a mailing list can be helpful to push out a communication I
> was thinking if we had a PLUG chat room were we can idle in during the day
> and help each other out it may help us build up the Linux community in this
> area.
> Right now, I've found that most people in the open source world gravitate
> around the messaging tool called Telegram. In years past, this chat room
> functionality would have typically been performed by IRC but it really
> hasn't changed much since the 90s and is missing a lot of the features that
> we've come to expect in a modern messaging platform. Telegram, on the other
> hand, provides many more features than IRC can. Here are a few key features
> that make Telegram different:
> 1. Sticker, animated gifs, images, audio, and video messaging types in
> addition to text.
> 2. You can look back through the history, even before you were connected,
> to find answers to common questions or to find when a thread started.
> 3. It has great clients for Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and the web.
> 4. It supports custom built bots, like IRC does.
> I wanted to see if others would like that. If others would like it, we
> could create a room and then post instructions on how to join to the
> mailing list, and on the plug.org website.
> ~ Michael Holley
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