Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 9th Nov 2005 18:32 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature an interview with Frank W. Miller, Ph.D., developer of the CornfedSIP User Agent VoIP client for Linux. We discuss the merits of VoIP, its problems and its future.
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Well...
by 1c3d0g on Wed 9th Nov 2005 19:08 UTC
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2005-07-06

...it's nice to see more developers embracing VoIP. On the long run, I believe that those who are in it early will reap the most benefits. However, it must be said that - IMHO - those clients that do not support the SIP protocol are already doomed. That's why I support projects like Gizmo, because they make sure the users of VoIP don't become fragmented, by basing their technology on open standards. :-)

http://www.gizmoproject.com/

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RE: Well...
by Eugenia on Wed 9th Nov 2005 19:41 UTC in reply to "Well..."
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2005-06-28

Maybe, but too bad that their Linux client only works with .deb-based distros. I can't use their client on my Arch Linux.
So, CornfedSIP to the rescue! I have configured CorfedSIP to use Gizmo's Sipphone servers and so I am using Gizmo through it!

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by Anonymous on Wed 9th Nov 2005 22:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Well..."
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I agree. Gizmo's decision to treat Linux as a second-class platform and to treat non-debian distributions as third-class citizens is a huge mistake.

I have wanted to like the project for a good while, but they have not made it easy for me and I have finally standardized on Skype for now, which means that it will be a while before I switch because it was hard enough to move my contacts from MSN or AOL to skype.

Their loss. Gizmo could have and does have a lot of unrealized potential. In fact, I was really rooting for it, but I think they simply don't have the developer resources or the willingness to bring true multiplatform support.

Supporting Suse, Mandrake, Fedora, Debian and a static tar.gz installation just like skype does is all they would need to do.

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by Joe User on Wed 9th Nov 2005 23:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Well..."
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by monodeldiablo on Wed 9th Nov 2005 23:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Well..."
Other softphones
by Anonymous on Wed 9th Nov 2005 23:53 UTC
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The free softphones in my Linux distribution are Linphone, Kphone and Minisip. None of these are tied to any particular provider. Gnomemeeting and Gaim are developing SIP plugins. Why yet another SIP client?

Why not help the other projects? One thing that would be very welcome is the ability to start SIP sessions from Jabber and add that functionality to clients, then look into extending it to also support iChat's and Google Talk's ways of doing it. That would be useful.

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RE: Other softphones
by Eugenia on Thu 10th Nov 2005 00:06 UTC in reply to "Other softphones"
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2005-06-28

>Why yet another SIP client?

This is just disrespectful for the author. CornfedSIP *predates* most of the projects and plugins you mentioned.

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RE: Other softphones
by Anonymous on Thu 10th Nov 2005 00:59 UTC
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Just to chim in I mean no disrespect to the author of cornfed as it looks like a really good sip phone. However I stopped once I only saw rpms available. I'm on ubuntu and I know I could convert rpms, but I really like to avoid that. So I've been trying a few others which are pretty good as well. twinklephone for kde is good (twinklephone.com) and so is linphone. Also you can have sip functionality now with gnomemeeting by using the cvs. The cool thing is they offer cvs binaries for just about every debian distro and rpms as well. I wish more cutting edge software did this. Also they are not just binaries for deb but proper sources so you can apt-get cvs updates which are pretty much daily.

I wish more software did this for checking out the latest stuff.

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RE[2]: Other softphones
by Eugenia on Thu 10th Nov 2005 01:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Other softphones"
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2005-06-28

Anonymous: Frank is working as we speak to provide a binary tarball for all users and distributions. I wrote for him a basic installer and we tested it successfully last night. He should be having the tarball ready in a matter of a few hours or tomorrow.

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RE[3]: Other softphones
by fwmiller on Thu 10th Nov 2005 04:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Other softphones"
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2005-11-10

A TAR binary distribution with shell scripts for installation (and removal if you need that) has been posted. Check http://www.cornfed.com/products for a link to the distribution options.

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