[fosscomm] Bye Bye Skype, Top 3 Free Replacements
yadav.tirveni at gmail.com
Tue May 17 22:36:36 PDT 2011
2011/5/14 Guru गुरु <Guru at itforchange.net>:
> Skype has always been proprietary so those that prefer to use only Open
> Source have relied upon free alternatives. Now with Microsoft's purchase of
> Skype, Linux users are already predicting the end for them and are looking
> for alternatives as well. It turns out that the Free Software Foundation has
> had "Free software replacement for Skype" on their High-Priority List for a
> The FSF suggests that folks use one of the free programs available for Linux
> and help development by sending in bug reports. They cite China's spying on
> Skype conversations as a good reason. Does anyone doubt Microsoft is capable
> of similar? So, even if Microsoft doesn't give Linux (and Mac) users the
> kibosh, I wouldn't trust them and proprietary software with my phone calls.
> Quite an extensive list of alternatives is already compiled at the FSF, some
> of which I'd never heard of before. But several bring a familiar ring - if
> you'll pardon the pun.
> 1. Linphone - Linphone is an internet phone or VoIP much like Skype. It
> seems the page at the FSF needs a bit of updating, because Linphone 3.4.0
> was released in February 2011. The news page states that "the main point of
> this new release is support for multiple simultaneous calls, with pause,
> resume and transfer functionality." It is released under the GNU GPL v2
> license and commercial support is available as well. It comes in binaries
> for Debian-based distros or build from source. Here's a screenshot from the
> Linphone Website:
> 2. Ekiga - Ekiga was formerly known as GnomeMeeting, which many have heard
> of. GnomeMeeting used to come with lots of distributions and Ekiga is still
> seen in several. So, check your distribution's repos. It provides
> "SoftPhone, Video Conferencing and Instant Messenger application[s] over the
> Internet" and supports SIP and H.323. Ekiga is released under the GPL and
> comes in binaries for lots of distros and in source code. Again, scarfed
> screenshot from Ekiga Website:
> 3. Empathy - "Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, and
> video chat and file transfers over many different protocols." This one is
> probably most well known because of its inclusion in Ubuntu. 3.1 was
> released May 9. It is released under the GPL and comes in binaries for
> Ubuntu. Looks like others will have to build it from source. Again,
> shamelessly stolen screenshot:
> friends who have used these or have opinions, any suggestions on which of
> these would be best for us to use...
Qutecom is also a very good option and it's licensed under GPL.
We have installed(on Debian GNU/Linux) it for only a few thousand users
for a call centre in India.
What is this Universe ? From what it arises ? Into what does it go?
In freedom it arises, In freedom it rests and into freedom it melts away.
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