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Re: Skype under Fedora-10




Message: 3 Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2009 15:14:11 +0100 From: Alan Cox <alan lxorguk ukuu org uk> Subject: Re: Skype under Fedora-10 To: "Community assistance, encouragement, and advice for using Fedora." <fedora-list redhat com> Cc: gayleard eircom net Message-ID: <20090607151411 08f0b866 lxorguk ukuu org uk> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII
> I don't understand why there is not a similar Linux system.
> Surely developing a VoIP protocol can't be brain surgery?
> And what exactly is the advantage or using SIP?

Almost everything else on the planet except Skype uses SIP and they all
interwork. You can inspect your SIP code and be sure it contains no
suprises while you can't with Skype - see

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/25/skype_backdoor_rumours/

and the stuff about China and Skype. With open source you could verify
the situation, with Skype you can't.

Skype is essentially the MS Windows of the VoIP world: proprietary and
closed. It talks to nothing but itself, and even encrypts its own
binaries to prevent people reverse engineering it.
Hi Alan et al.

First, thanks for the link - I tend (as a retiree) not to spend a lot of time following the rants and raves in the Internet about big software/hardware suppliers..... I'd end up neuroticer than a mad dog! - but it was very interesting to see how something "useful" like Skype is/maybe financed. I was surprised to learn from the article that S belongs to eBay....

Now... if one is to avoid supporting the proprietary market.... does anyone have a quick guide (!) to the Open Source alternatives? An answer to the questions like "can I hold an audio meeting with non-Linux friends"; "does xyz allow video communication"; "can I use the white board via xyz" & so on????

For once I begin to understand the strong points of Kevin & Co about the Dark Side of closed systems!

Thanks all

Dave.


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