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Discord announce their Linux client is now officially supported and out of beta

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Discord, the insanely popular chat and VOIP client primarily aimed at gamers is now officially supported on Linux and out of beta.

Be sure to join our Discord channel to hook up with everyone: https://discord.gg/0rxBtcSOonvGzXr4

Stoked to announce our super sick app for LINUX. Chris was massaging this for ages but it's like super sick now https://t.co/hQtQpZO95c pic.twitter.com/lVyDkBD3cN

— Discord (@discordapp) January 11, 2017


Download it here. It provides either a .deb or a .tar.gz and you need to be 64bit to use it.

Personally, I think it's great. You don't actually need a client to use it, as you can use it directly in the browser which makes it rather useful.

I've seen people worried about their terms and conditions, with it stating that by using it you grant rights to your content to the parent Company. To make it clear, this is no different to Reddit, Facebook and almost every site/application that you put content into.

 

 

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Liam Dawe 11 January 2017 at 12:31 pm UTC
I completely get people like different services . Use whatever makes you happy, it's just another option that's quite popular. It's great to see it get official status for Linux.
0aTT 11 January 2017 at 12:38 pm UTC
XpanderPeople who say mumble is better, you cant really compare those 2. Discord is not just a VoiceChat but also chat, gametracking, streaming and other fun stuff.
Only issue i have with Discord is that its UI is not enough configurable, but i can live with that with the featureset it has. 1 application is better than to have multiple applications for different things in my book.
I follow the KISS philosophies. Streaming with Discord???

With gaming voice chat you need positional audio, overlays and high configurability and scalability.

I hear your arguments in a similar form since 20 years for windows. Let's do everything easy and let's do everything with windows. The result is that today no one under 14 uses a desktop PC anymore, because it has become boring. People can not do anything with a PC anymore. They ask: Why do I need this, I still have my tablet and the PS4.

In the end, you do not need Discord, because everything takes over to Google, Sony, Microsoft or whomsoever.

The fun is not to have it easy but nice. To have positional audio with Minecraft (or whatever feature you like) is so cool but most people will never make this experience. At the end it just becomes boring and they will switch to other activities then gaming.

Of course I also look at Discord, but Mumble has just a lot more possibilities for game chat. Just setting up a Mumble Bot is a lot of fun.


Last edited by 0aTT at 11 January 2017 at 12:39 pm UTC
Doc Angelo 11 January 2017 at 1:13 pm UTC
XpanderPeople who say mumble is better, you cant really compare those 2. Discord is not just a VoiceChat but also chat, gametracking, streaming and other fun stuff.

Discord can visually stream games (like OBS or Steam Broadcasting)?


Last edited by Doc Angelo at 11 January 2017 at 1:13 pm UTC
Xpander 11 January 2017 at 1:21 pm UTC
no no. not streaming, i meant streamer mode. was really poorly written from my side.
https://support.discordapp.com/hc/en-us/articles/218485407-Streamer-Mode-101


as for posisional audio, i never fancied this, i have tried few times but it didnt add much to my game experience.
many games that would benefit from positional voicechat do have their own implementations anyway
herycp 11 January 2017 at 1:36 pm UTC
i want curse
Nanobang 11 January 2017 at 1:56 pm UTC
I've been using Discord (Canary)for the better part of the last year for two reasons:

1. It's commonly used amongst my online friends and
2. I can use it now whilst I figure out how to set up/use Mumble/Murmer(M&M)

Setting up the M&M client was pretty straightforward, granted, but the server? Not so much; not for me. It usually goes something like this in my head when I revisit M&M:

I have to set up a server?
Where?
On my machine?
And I have to be an admin on it too?
How do I do that?
And then what about these settings?
What do some of these even mean?
I can use other people's servers?
I'll just pick one out and try it, shall I?
Okay, ummm, why are some of them hi-lighted green?
Whatever, this one has a good ping.
"Enter User Name," --- ok, I'll just make one up then?
Ok.
"Sever presented a certificate which failed verification,"
uhhh.
"The certificate is self-signed, and untrusted,"
Gahhhh! Close! Close! Close!
Doc Angelo 11 January 2017 at 2:41 pm UTC
Picoboom"Sever presented a certificate which failed verification,"
uhhh.
"The certificate is self-signed, and untrusted,"
Gahhhh! Close! Close! Close!

I have to agree that this is a problem. But it is a problem that Mumble/Murmur should not solve. The server admins of any Murmur server can use a certificate which is verificated by trusted organizations, just like websites do. This is rather important for security. That the certificate is self signed just means that no third party organization will provide means of verification that this certificate is still safe. So you have to solely trust the admins that their certificate is still OK.

I don't think this message should be removed. Because it potentially *is* a risk. But for a matter of fact: If this is important to you, you wouldn't even touch Discord with a stick. With Discord, you can be quite sure that everything you type can end up where you don't want it to be.


Last edited by Doc Angelo at 11 January 2017 at 2:43 pm UTC
jasondaigo 11 January 2017 at 2:43 pm UTC
there are some programs you cannot dodge for very long; discord is one. sticking to mumble and/or teamspeak will not work in 1 year(maybe sligltly onger) anymore. so deal with it :-)
i dodged whatsapp for a very long time :-)
0aTT 11 January 2017 at 3:01 pm UTC
PicoboomI've been using Discord (Canary)for the better part of the last year for two reasons:

1. It's commonly used amongst my online friends and
2. I can use it now whilst I figure out how to set up/use Mumble/Murmer(M&M)

Setting up the M&M client was pretty straightforward, granted, but the server? Not so much; not for me. It usually goes something like this in my head when I revisit M&M:

I have to set up a server?
Where?
On my machine?
And I have to be an admin on it too?
How do I do that?
And then what about these settings?
What do some of these even mean?
I can use other people's servers?
I'll just pick one out and try it, shall I?
Okay, ummm, why are some of them hi-lighted green?
Whatever, this one has a good ping.
"Enter User Name," --- ok, I'll just make one up then?
Ok.
"Sever presented a certificate which failed verification,"
uhhh.
"The certificate is self-signed, and untrusted,"
Gahhhh! Close! Close! Close!

For Mumble you will need a server, of course. But for everything else you will also need a server. For mail, homepage, wiki, blog, jabber, nginx and simply everything else you do online. You can use different services for all this and distribute your virtual identity across all possible companies like so many people do. But at the end of your life you will not have saved time. People spend years of there life just feeding companies.

Discord is just a Mumble clone. They've used many parts of the mumble sources I've heard. What is their business model? I'll tell you: In a few years, they will sell everything to Microsoft or whoever with all our data.

Thumb rule: Only use services if there are indispensable advantages. Valuable services are e.g.: Steam, Twitch, GitHub and some more.

Things like Discord are simply superfluous. It is a private closed system for which you do not have to pay anything. This should make everyone suspicious. How do they earn their money?
jasondaigo 11 January 2017 at 3:23 pm UTC
typing in a nickname of your choice and using an email adresse of your choice will not harm you in any way if they sell it later because they already have my email adresse from amazon or netflix or whatever. no im not the paranoid guy who has 1 email adresse for every service; and u r wrong. setting up everything on your own is a waste of time. imho. but nvm i was on the same trip a few years ago still having my domain and email shit. but seriously: what a waste
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