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Mangler: Ventrilo for Linux

October 7th, 2009

Many a gamer has fought with the Linux migration because of Ventrilo. Most games run just fine under wine, but when it comes to VOIP apps for gamers, Ventrilo is by far the leader. The official Linux Ventrilo client has been “in development” for about 3 or 4 years now.

A group of open source developers, over the past couple of years have spent a lot of time reverse engineering the Ventrilo protocol. Based on their work, we have created an almost functional client. It is stable (in the sense that it doesn’t crash) and you can receive audio if you use the Pulse Audio daemon.

The website for Mangler is http://www.mangler.org/.

For the latest developer info, we’ve set up a trac page at http://www.mangler.org/trac for bug reports and/or following our progress.

If you want to help and you have experience with C, C++, Linux audio systems (pulse, alsa, oss, etc), and/or GTK+, join us on irc.freenode.net in #mangler and see if you can help us. In the immediate short term, we need graphic designers (bring us a logo!). Interface designers are welcome as well. If you want to help make this happen, post a comment and/or join us on IRC.

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