After reading a couple interesting articles on Jono Bacon's website I commented on an update post on a new project called Lernid. But I think I merged 2 topics together in my mind and I don't think I should be commenting about one or the other article.
One topic is my new fascination with Empathy which was included in the newest release from Ubuntu. Now with Empathy, I'm able to easily use audio and video chatting through an easy interface. I have previously given up on chat because of a couple problems especially when using Ubuntu as my main OS. First problem has been getting a protocol that people can agree on. I started loving Yahoo Messenger until I found friends who were not on that system. I believe Empathy and Pidgin can solve this problem by allowing multiple protocols to be installed. Now if I want to talk to friends on Yahoo I'm the one inconvenienced into getting an extra chat account.
and started to think about something different from
When you are creating this great interface for IRC, could you also look into supporting other ways to participate in classrooms? I am stuck behind a corporate firewall that only allows ports 80 and 443 outbound from workstations.
At first I thought Lernid would be a whole different protocol but it looks more like it is an IRC layer.
Maybe there would be a way to have Lernid be capable of also using a XMPP to IRC bridge to give other users alternative connection methods.
If anyone gets a chance take a look at these protocol comparisons:
Apparently XMPP is notoriously bad for large room type discussions but another protocol called PSYC is a possible replacement but that solution would need Ubuntu to host the classrooms on their servers.
I would like to try to see if there is an IRC to PSYC bridge that I might be able to set up.