Several questions about Zulip. We're trying to decide on whether to switch from Slack to a different chat provider and Zulip is top of the list.
1. Is rust-lang self hosted?
2. If it's self-hosted are you using AWS for hosting?
3. What are the costs like?
4. How many users are currently registered?
5. Have you encountered any major issues?
Thanks in advance for even taking the time to read this!
1. I believe this instance is not self hosted, but you can definitely do that if you want;
4. You can see user list on the right hand side. It contains 309 entries ATM
5. I don’t remember any issues occurring and the Zulip people are fairly responsive to feature requests too in my experience.
Disclaimer: just an user, not an authoritative answer.
@nagisa ah thank you! so rust-lang only retains the last 10k messages then right? and yes I wondered if that was the full list on the right, wasn't sure as it feels like there are way more users discussing stuff.
Not sure about 10k – at the very least we still have history all the way back to the beginning of our Zulip use (from about a year ago)
but I’m sure that we either do pay for the service and/or we have a special deal of some sort.
I don't think we pay for Zulip or have a special deal (it definitely isn't self-hosted though). I think the only major issues we've ran into is that some folks aren't a fan of the design/interface. In the last few months, we switched to Zulip where I work and in both cases, they've been really receptive to PRs and feature requests - I've landed a few with them and it's always been a pretty easy process.
I think the biggest thing we'd want for the Rust instance is a way to not require a login to read the messages.
I think there are around ~1440 users on this instance.
I can say that self-hosting is relatively painless though. We self-host our instance at work and it's very low maintenance, easy to backup and upgrade. I can't speak to cost since we run it on our internal network and not on AWS or anything like that.
I think our "special" deal is an open source org:
Yes! Zulip Cloud Standard is free for open source projects and affiliated institutions. We also offer steep discounts to non-profits, educational institutions, groups of friends, and in scenarios where most of the users are not paid employees (e.g. company support forums). Just contact email@example.com and we’d be happy to discuss your situation!
from https://zulipchat.com/plans/ FAQ
I've been curious to try it out at work too. Does anyone know how difficult it is to set up public access with authentication and notifications for apps?
For self hosted I mean
Fantastic, all of this info is extremely useful. The fact that they are open to PRs/Feature Requests is amazing as well. 1400+ users also seems right for how many messages I see go through here.
@davidtwco the fact that you run it at work also is interesting to me. did you switch from slack or a competitor? or did you start straight off with zulip? The low maintenance is pretty important.
@Tyler Thrailkill we were originally using HipChat, but Slack bought that and discontinued it so we were looking around for alternatives.