There is a new voip app on the block, and it’s name is Mumble. It’s very similar in purpose to Ventrilo and TeamSpeak. The reason I like it:
- available on OSX, Windows, and Linux
- open source
- low resource
- low latency
- easy server-side setup
- very useful headset setup wizard
- clean non-flashy interface
- minimizes to system tray (I know this is a minor feature, but very handy)
After installing Mumble, connecting to a server is a breeze. Just click the “Server” tab, then “Connect”. There is a long list of public servers, or you can click “Custom Server” and connect to mine. =). Address is npopson.servegame.com, port is default (64738) and don’t forget to pick yourself a username.
The server should be on 24/7 since I set it up as a Windows Service. This isn’t a tried and true program, so I can’t promise it will be perfect, but what I see looks very good.