Some people I am working with want to set up a "chat app". Currently I don't use one, but others with whom I would like to "chat" are already using Signal, so that seems to be the obvious choice.
So far so good.
But one person who I would like to be in the new group says that he hasn't been able to get Signal to work.
Apparently Signal claims it wants/needs to send an SMS, but can't.
As yet I have no other information, but does that sound familiar to anyone?
@ColinTheMathmo @rysiek I can confirm the Signal desktop client is not as reliable as I would like; I don't have experience with the Telegram desktop client. I have to restart the Signal desktop client about once a day because it mostly-silently stops sending messages (there is an indicator the message was not sent, but you have to look for it). I'm running the client from flatpak on Debian.
@bremner FWIW, I've read about electron, but still don't really understand the important implications of "it's an electron app". People seem to take it for granted that that makes everything clear and communicates everything the listen needs to know, but for me it really doesn't.
I live in a weird technology hinterland of knowledge and experience. When people interact with me they end up assuming I know vastly more than I do, and ...
@ColinTheMathmo My suggestion is for you to give a try at XMPP. It works on the browser, on the PC (Gajim) and on the smartphone (Conversations installed freely through F-Droid). Try the jabber.one server for your account
@dani I'd love to do that, but in this case it's not really an option. My 91 year old mother already uses Signal, as do others in my family. There's no way I'd get them to convert to XMPP, even though I think it's potentially a good option.
I'm having enough trouble getting close colleagues to switch away from FFB and WhatsApp.
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