May 25, 2011

A Liberating Betrayal?

Simon Phipps discusses the end of Skype support for Asterisk in this ComputerWorld UK column. "The proprietary interests hold all the cards here. The community can't just 'rehost and carry on' because the crucial add-on is proprietary. Even if wasn't, the protocol it's implementing is proprietary and subject to arbitrary change - very likely to happen if anyone attempts to reverse-engineer the interface and protocol. Asterisk may be open source, but if you're dependent on this interface to connect with your customers on Skype you've no freedoms - that's the way 'open core' works."

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