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Friends vs Gitter: What are the differences?

Friends: Like Slack except P2P, offline friendly, and open source. Friends is like Slack except P2P, offline friendly and open source. We transmit data over secure channels and authenticate messages. It's made by a group of open source developers who are motivated to make a public chat platform that is easy to use but isn't centrally controlled, and where data is owned by its users; Gitter: Messaging for people who make software. Integrated with your team, projects and your code. Free chat rooms for your public repositories A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations..

Friends and Gitter can be categorized as "Group Chat & Notifications" tools.

Friends is an open source tool with 3.05K GitHub stars and 356 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Friends's open source repository on GitHub.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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Pros of Friends
Pros of Gitter
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      Github integration
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      Free
    • 45
      Markdown support
    • 19
      Markdown
    • 17
      Graceful integration
    • 16
      Project-oriented
    • 15
      MARKDOOOOWN
    • 12
      IRC bridge
    • 9
      Integrates with everything
    • 8
      LaTeX
    • 4
      Apps available for most platforms
    • 2
      Cross-repository issue reference
    • 2
      Github login
    • 1
      IRC support
    • 1
      My new fav'rite thing is on it
    • 1
      Very fast work
    • 1
      Very open
    • 1
      Now open source
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      Open source
    • 1
      Free unlimited archives
    • 1
      Open access (no invitation needed)
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      Single account for all communities
    • 1
      Free, open & free hosting

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    Cons of Friends
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        Sends data to US Gov

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      What is Friends?

      Friends is like Slack except P2P, offline friendly and open source. We transmit data over secure channels and authenticate messages. It's made by a group of open source developers who are motivated to make a public chat platform that is easy to use but isn't centrally controlled, and where data is owned by its users.

      What is Gitter?

      Free chat rooms for your public repositories. A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations.

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      What are some alternatives to Friends and Gitter?
      Slack
      Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.
      Microsoft Teams
      See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations.
      HipChat
      HipChat is a hosted private chat service for your company or team. Invite colleagues to share ideas and files in persistent group chat rooms. Get your team off AIM, Google Talk, and Skype — HipChat was built for business.
      Telegram
      Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. It provides instant messaging, simple, fast, secure and synced across all your devices.
      Mattermost
      Mattermost is modern communication from behind your firewall.
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