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May 12, 2011

VoIP on Linux? (Skype sold to Microsoft)


Recent news says that Skype has been sold to Microsoft: http://www.linuxaria.com/article/skype-to-microsoft-its-time-to-know-xmp... The Skype client for Linux is already outdated?: http://www.skype.com/intl/en/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux And now the future is unknown.

Maybe this is a good thing, now maybe more people will realize that Skype is not that funny*. I use Ekiga but I have no contacts on it to test it properly. And I wished that all my contacts could change :D

What good alternatives is there for Linux? Is Ekiga/SIP good enough to replace Skype?

*Self quote on Skype vs Ekiga:

It's true that these software does not work the same way, and thats the point. They provide the same kind of service VoIP but Ekiga do it in the free Software way (free as in FSF free) as using an open standard protocol and licensed as open source etc, while Skype do it in a closed non free way using a closed protocol and not open source. I take Eikga or other "free" client over Skype any day, but Skype has more users and some people want it [...] I use Skype some days but don't like it because of it's obfuscate nature.

Whats your opinion? What are you using today?

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