[fosscomm] Bye Bye Skype, Top 3 Free Replacements
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Wed May 18 00:50:50 PDT 2011
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM, ankur bajaj <ankurbajaj9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> skype has paid multiple user video chat , does any software provide that
> for free?
Sounds like a whole bunch of detailed questions are bound to rise up when
choices like this emerge.
Can somebody sketch up a collaborative document that we can all enter, line
by line, features that are relevant to our purposes? Against this, over
time, perhaps voluntary testers (ie, each of us, depending on time and
connectivity) can check off whether individual solutions provide the
feature, at what cost (if any) and how well it works.
> ankur bajaj
> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM, tirveni yadav <yadav.tirveni at gmail.com>wrote:
>> 2011/5/14 Guru गुरु <Guru at itforchange.net>:
>> > http://ostatic.com/blog/bye-bye-skype-top-3-free-replacements
>> > Skype has always been proprietary so those that prefer to use only Open
>> > Source have relied upon free alternatives. Now with Microsoft's purchase
>> > Skype, Linux users are already predicting the end for them and are
>> > for alternatives as well. It turns out that the Free Software Foundation
>> > had "Free software replacement for Skype" on their High-Priority List
>> for a
>> > while.
>> > The FSF suggests that folks use one of the free programs available for
>> > and help development by sending in bug reports. They cite China's spying
>> > Skype conversations as a good reason. Does anyone doubt Microsoft is
>> > 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
>> > Quite an extensive list of alternatives is already compiled at the FSF,
>> > of which I'd never heard of before. But several bring a familiar ring -
>> > 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
>> > was released in February 2011. The news page states that "the main point
>> > 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
>> > for Debian-based distros or build from source. Here's a screenshot from
>> > Linphone Website:
>> > 2. Ekiga - Ekiga was formerly known as GnomeMeeting, which many have
>> > of. GnomeMeeting used to come with lots of distributions and Ekiga is
>> > seen in several. So, check your distribution's repos. It provides
>> > "SoftPhone, Video Conferencing and Instant Messenger application[s] over
>> > Internet" and supports SIP and H.323. Ekiga is released under the GPL
>> > 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,
>> > video chat and file transfers over many different protocols." This one
>> > 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
>> > these would be best for us to use...
>> > regards
>> > guru
>> 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.
>> Tirveni Yadav
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