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Hi guys : Are there any established online sites for collaborative coding ? I have a github project with 5 developers, in different areas - we need somewhere that we can all "hangout" at.

  • Right now we use group skype, but skype is designed more for family/social communication , and doesn't work on linux.

  • IRC is okay, but its a little difficult to use for novices.

  • an interface like yammer, twitter, facebook would be ideal, but also, we would want it to be real time (not requiring page reloads etc...)


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There are group chat in Facebook, do you need video calls though? skype is on linux, its in beta mode still, but works fine –  enrique2334 Oct 22 '11 at 20:38
Since when does Skype not work on Linux? –  millimoose Oct 22 '11 at 20:39
I've heard Skype's quality isn't the best on Linux but it certainly works. –  Ben Brocka Oct 26 '11 at 16:00
I've never noticed a difference in quality between Skype on Windows or Linux... and I mostly use it on Linux, never really having any sort of problem with it. –  Teekin Oct 26 '11 at 17:25
What ever happened to IRC rooms 0_o –  David Cowden Nov 30 '12 at 7:40

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IRC : Tried and true but still not particularly easy for non engineers. The best UI i've seen is Colloquy which still requires manual customization and logging in, etc...

Skype: works ok, but not good for developers (messages are spaced out, takes up screen real estate, hard to filter conversations and ignore noise, no plugins, restrictive API).

Campfire: This one was made by the ROR folks (37signals). Its good (flexible, integrates with github), but kind of bare bones - no real official iphone app. The interface is just HTML+javascript, not very tactile. No smartphone pushes, no emoticons, no dynamic private rooms/private chat functionality, and a limited view of statuses. But its very rock solid stable and scales to 100s of users.

Convore: These guys had a free service for a while but I think it went out of business.


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