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Open source voice-chat levels up with Mumble 1.4 out now

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For those of you not wanting to use the likes of Discord for voice-chat, there’s also Mumble which is a free, open source, low latency, high quality voice chat application. It’s been around for a long time and it just had a big new stable release, the first of the Mumble 1.4.x series and it’s been over two years since the last. At least they didn’t leave us waiting ten years again like the 1.3 release huh?

So what’s new? A lot! Of course there’s plenty of bug fixes, security updates and the usual assortment of smaller thing but a few bigger features were also added into this release.

Highlights include:

  • Markdown support in chat
  • Native support for PipeWire
  • A proper plugin system
  • Stereo decoding and playback support
  • You can set nicknames for users
  • An icon to show restricted channels
  • A new “TalkingUI” overlay for “non-gamers”

There’s plenty more, be sure to check out the release announcement.

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Termy Jan 17, 2022
I really wish Discord wasn't so popular with average folks -.-
Schattenspiegel Jan 17, 2022
Purely for voice chat: much better than discord!
Eike Jan 17, 2022
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Quoting: SchattenspiegelPurely for voice chat: much better than discord!

Why? I wanted to do voice chat (Valheim with a Windows using friend) lately for the first time (yay!). I was "defaulting" to Discord, but in the end wasn't sure why not to use say Telegram or WhatsApp (latency?) or, well, we were two, good old phone line.
What should we use - and why?
Bumadar Jan 17, 2022
Running it on my synology for a few friends, it's perfect at what it does :)
Schattenspiegel Jan 17, 2022
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: SchattenspiegelPurely for voice chat: much better than discord!

Why? I wanted to do voice chat (Valheim with a Windows using friend) lately for the first time (yay!). I was "defaulting" to Discord, but in the end wasn't sure why not to use say Telegram or WhatsApp (latency?) or, well, we were two, good old phone line.
What should we use - and why?
First of all you are free to use whatever floats your boat.
That being said mumble is lightweight and offers better configure-ability for voice quality and microphone filters/thresholds than most of the other options. It is simply more focused on the voice chat aspects.
BielFPs Jan 17, 2022
Any way to easily self hosting a server using mumble?
Cyril Jan 17, 2022
Quoting: BielFPsAny way to easily self hosting a server using mumble?

Install the murmur package, modify the config file the way you want it and that's it!
Seriously it's like, nothing is simpler that hosting Mumble server, you don't even need a domain and can use the IP.
Pendragon Jan 17, 2022
looks like no one's built the latest version for any Debian branches..hmmmm

edit: WELP -- was able to follow the instructions and just cloned the git and built it myself :thumbsup:


Last edited by Pendragon on 17 January 2022 at 9:50 pm UTC
aufkrawall Jan 17, 2022
Big fan of RNNoise in Mumble, works much better than Nvidia's crazy proprietary bloat that slows down your GPU.
BielFPs Jan 17, 2022
Quoting: CyrilInstall the murmur package
Spoiler, click me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWOExBlqsXg
thanks
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