Teamspeak is one of the best but not only, voice or communication software for gamers. There are lots of alternatives to Teamspeak. Not that I want you to change away from Teamspeak. I love it, and it the software I use most. I just want you to know about the alternatives to Teamspeak as there might be others that you want to use for other than gaming.
Alternatives to Teamspeak
These alternatives to Teamspeak does are not listen in any particular order.
First alternative – Discord
Discord itself claims you can ditch both Skype and Teamspeak with this software. Claiming it is the only communication tool gamers need. Let’s look at what Discord is. First of all, Discord is totally free and available to most operating systems.
Like its competitors the communication is encrypted. Another good thing is that Discord hides your IP. So no chance of getting DDoS by your enemies in-game. There is also a mobile app, so you can always be in touch with your friend. I have this app just to be able to get in-touch with my son. As he rarely responds to SMS, messenger or any other social media.
Server hosting is taken care by Discord. You manager your server your self via the web interface or the app. Not like Teamspeak where you have to host it your self or rent a Teamspeak server. It is worth to check out. Teamspeak has lost quite a few users to Discord. And is probably Teamspeaks strongest contestant at the moment.
Second alternative – Mumble
Mumble is another great communication tool for gamers and other people who want to communicate over the internet.
Mumble is also encrypted and uses public/private key authentication by default. You can locate your fellow gamers across servers. Easy to set up and has an in-game overlay so you can see how is talking. A challenge with gaming clans with several hundred members.
As with several of the other software, Mumble is free (and open source) and available for most operating systems. No licensing (Teamspeak do you hear that?). Has a great user permission system and several community made web interfaces.
Third alternative – Ventrilo
For several years there were some rumors that Ventrilo was not being developed any longer. On several websites, it says they stopped on v3.0.8 for Windows and V3.0.13 for Mac. I was a Ventrilo user in the old days and went to their website to check this. There I found Version 4.0.0 for both Windows and Mac.
Their interface is a bit simpler than some of the others, but don’t let that fool you. It is still a powerful communication tool. However, their servers are not free. You need to rent from an approved host.
Fourth alternative – Ring
I was told Ring was another alternative to Teamspeak. To me, it looks a bit more like an alternative to Skype. Yes, I know some people use Skype to communicate when gaming. They should stop doing that :p
Ring is can do voice, teleconference, media sharing and messaging. Yea, that seems like Skype to me. If you are looking for a communication tool for gaming, you should probably check out the first three alternatives.
That’s my short list of alternatives to Teamspeak.
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How to find minecraft on mac
How to find minecraft on mac is quite easy. There is two places you need to look. The Minecraft game itself is located in the Application folder. By default called minecraft.app. The full path to the Application folder is /Application. It means it is in the root folder of your hard drive. This is just the executable. Not much you can do with that on. Unless you want to delete it.
How to find minecraft on mac if you are looking for your saved games, resource pack or skins. You need to look in the Application Support folder. So how to get to it?
How to find minecraft on mac containing saved maps and settings
Open your Finder window and go to your home folder. Look for a folder inside your home folder called Library. Can´t see it? No worries. While in your Finder click View on the menu. Almost at the bottom you will see Show View Options. And tick / select Show Library Folder. Now your Library folder should show. Go into the Library folder. Then go into Application Support. Inside Application Support you will find a folder called Minecraft. There you should find all the relevant Minecraft folders containing your maps and other stuff you need to modify your Minecraft.
If you are looking for Minecraft maps to try out, go to Minecraft Maps.
If you are looking for resource packs, go to resourcepack.net.
Need help installing a Minecraft server for Debian? Go to this previous article http://soltveit.org/minecraft-server-debian-variants/
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Minecraft have become unbelievable popular. Simple graphics in a huge sandbox with total freedom seems to do the tricks.
We will assume the server is about empty and clean.
First thing we’ll do is update apt-get.
If you don’t have Java 1.6 or higher, we will need to install Java.
To check your java version
If it don’t return anything, or version number lower than 1.6, then install it.
apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
To be able to run the server without having the console open, install screen.
apt-get install screen
make a directory for it, like home/minecraft (you can of course make a user for it too)
move over to minecraft folder and download the server (latest current version is 1.72)
Start the Minecraft server.
screen java -Xmx512M -Xms512M -jar minecraft_server.1.7.2.jar nogui
Xmx512M = Maxium 512MB memory
Xms512M = Startup with 512MB memory
Press ctrl+a and then ctrl+d to de-attach from the console for the Minecraft server.
Later I’ll show some Minecraft config stuff.
Posted in Debian, Games, Linux, Minecraft, Ubuntu