We are looking for a new name for GnomeMeeting for several reasons :
Having GNOME in the name is a bad idea: That was already a bad idea back in 2000 when I started the project, but it is more and more obvious that having GNOME in the name of a GNOME program is not a good thing. Having all GNOME programs named GNOMESomething is not very “usable”. GnomeMeeting was a Netmeeting equivalent for GNU/Linux: The “was” part is very important. GnomeMeeting 2.00 will support SIP and will keep supporting H.323. It doesn’t have much in common with Netmeeting anymore, except its name. Moreover, Netmeeting is relatively dead. That doesn’t mean that H.323 is dead, but that means that many people keep thinking that GnomeMeeting is of no use because it is a Netmeeting clone and that nobody is using Netmeeting anymore. GnomeMeeting is a VoIP application: Many people think that GnomeMeeting is a videoconferencing application and thus that it cannot be used without a webcam. That is not true. GnomeMeeting is a VoIP application which also supports video. Both aspects are important, and we do not support less features than any other voice-only application. We just support more than them…
If you have propositions for a new name, you can leave them as comments. (I need to approve them before they are displayed, so please be patient.)
I have moved the OPAL branch to HEAD. Meaning that HEAD now contains the future GnomeMeeting 2.00 version because we consider it as usable. It can replace the old GnomeMeeting. Actually, several users are using it daily, either as H.323 solution (with other GnomeMeeting users, or with professional hardware), or as a SIP solution (with other GnomeMeeting users, or mainly with SIP PBX’es like Asterisk, or to give PC-To-Phone/Phone-To-PC calls with SIP providers).
I began coding on GnomeMeeting about 5 years ago. VoIP was not very popular by that time, but I didn’t care much about that. GnomeMeeting 0.8 was released 7 months later. It has changed much since the first release, in terms of “look”, but also in terms of “features”. So Happy Birthday GnomeMeeting and thanks to all of you who have been supporting me!