PC-To-Phone calls available for GNU/Linux

Anonymous Reader writes “GnomeMeeting.Org, OpenH323.org and Quicknet Technologies Team to Deliver First Complete End User VoIP Solution for Linux.”


SAN FRANCISCO, California – February 5, 2003 – Quicknet Technologies, the leading provider of end-to-end voice, fax and video IP telephony solutions and technologies for Linux today announced the first Linux commercial PC-to-Phone supported service for Linux users in concert with GnomeMeeting.Org.

Using Quicknet’s Linux Special Edition products in combination with GnomeMeeting, users can now make and receive voice calls over the Internet with Quicknet’s MicroTelco VoIP services using a standard telephone set. GnomeMeeting, now supporting Quicknet’s Linux Special Edition products, is specially designed to meet the needs of the Linux community. Quicknet’s Linux
Special Edition products include the award winning Internet PhoneJACK-PCI, Internet LineJACK-ISA and the Internet PhoneCARD-PCMCIA add-in cards, which have been developed specifically to carry your voice over the Internet or Intranet at the highest possible quality.

“By integrating Quicknet’s worldwide Voice-over-IP services and hardware, the open source drivers for Quicknet’s cards included in the Linux kernel, the OpenH323 project and GnomeMeeting we can now provide the Linux user with an Open Source, easy to use, low cost and very high quality service for making Internet based calls worldwide”, said Stacey Reineccius, President of Quicknet Technologies.

All of Quicknet’s Linux Special Edition products feature the ability to connect and use a familiar analog telephone set (including cordless phones) to make and receive Internet phone calls using a Linux PC. Main features include:

– Low cost PC-to-Phone calling worldwide
– FREE PC-to-PC calling (using MicroTelco)
– Video Conferencing point to point
– Receive calls while online from other users
– QoS Features and Special DSP co-processing support provides PSTN-like Voice Quality Service
– Works alongside existing sound cards (sound card not required)
– Fast and easy installation & set-up

“Being able to do PC-To-Phone calls has always been a very exciting feature for me as it demonstrates the full power of current and modern VOIP protocols”, stated Damien Sandras, creator of GnomeMeeting. “And today, thanks to GnomeMeeting, OpenH323 and Quicknet, PC-To-Pone calls are available to the professional and stable GNU/Linux and FreeBSD operating systems. The Unix VOIP systems can finally enter a new area.”

GnomeMeeting allows Linux users to videoconference with industry standard H.323 applications such as the Microsoft NetMeeting program for Windows. The program has proved extremely popular with Linux users, and is now included in many Linux distributions including RedHat, Mandrake and SuSE worldwide. Today’s Linux community is estimated to be 18 million users.
Quicknet’s MicroTelco brand Internet telephone service supports PC-to-Phone and PC-to-PC calls on Linux PCs thanks to the combined efforts of two popular open-source projects GnomeMeeting and OpenH323. GnomeMeeting’s voice and video conferencing application was built on the popular OpenH323
implementation of the H.323 protocol for voice communication over the Internet and now allows the delivery of PC-to-Phone, and PC-to-PC calls using Voice over IP.

The OpenH323.org project aims to create a full featured,
interoperable, Open Source implementation of the ITU H.323 teleconferencing protocol that can be used by personal developers and commercial users without charge. Today, OpenH323 has over 1,500 contributing engineers worldwide.

For more information or to purchase the Linux Special Edition products, check out the Quicknet Linux Special Edition website at http://www.linuxjack.com.

GnomeMeeting version 0.96 is available from the following download locations at http://www.gnomemeeting.org and will be included standard in the Red Hat v8.1 and Mandrake v9.1 releases this Spring.

About GnomeMeeting
GnomeMeeting (http://www.gnomemeeting.org) was written by Damien Sandras as his final year project for his degree in Computer Science Engineering at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL, http://www.ucl.ac.be), Department of Computing Science and
Engineering (INGI, http://www.ingi.ucl.ac.be/) in Louvain-La-Neuve and is based on Quicknet Technologies’ OpenH323.org open source VoIP project.

About Quicknet Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1995, Quicknet Technologies is one of the Pioneers of commercial Internet telephony services and products. Selected by leading OEMs and service providers, Quicknet’s product have set the standard for PC based Internet audio quality and ease of use. Providing end-to-end IP telephony solutions including
hardware, software and services Quicknet’s high-quality, low-cost products have helped revolutionize Internet telephony while helping people, businesses and corporations worldwide to cut costs and make money on long distance! In use in over 180
countries worldwide, Quicknet’s products are available to resellers directly through Quicknet. For more information, please call Quicknet at +1-415-864-5225, send e-mail to sales@quicknet.net, or visit Quicknet on the web at www.quicknet.net. For more information about MicroTelco visit
www.microtelco.com. For more information about the OpenH323 Project visit www.openh323.org.

Media Contact:
Katherine Noto
Quicknet Technologies, Inc.
Tel: +1-203-268-0590 or pr@quicknet.net

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