Linked by David Adams on Mon 21st Mar 2011 20:14 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
GNU, GPL, Open Source The GNU Project has announced a new project called GNU Free Call, an open source Skype alternative that will offer anonymous VoIP and will use the GNU SIP Witch server as the back end. GNU SIP Witch requires a minimum of system resources so it can be used on cell phones too so it seems the goal is to provide a cross-platform application, the immediate target most probably being Android.
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'Twas about time
by vodoomoth on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 09:50 UTC
vodoomoth
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2010-03-30

I'm not versed in the technical details of VoIP, SIP, etc. but, as a user, I can only say "it was about time!", knowing the state in which Skype for BSD is...

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RE: 'Twas about time
by Neolander on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 13:36 in reply to "'Twas about time"
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2010-03-08

If you're around Paris, you should try the release of FreeBSD which is installed on the computers of the University Paris Diderot - Paris 7.

Suddenly, anything BSD which you may have on your computer will look modern and shiny.

What I'm talking about is a broken implementation of top (does nothing, freezes), a release of Firefox 3.0 (!) that crashes when opening GMail, and versions of evince and kpdf (!), that don't support PDF forms.

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RE: 'Twas about time
by johjeff on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 15:54 in reply to "'Twas about time"
johjeff Member since:
2007-11-06

Good luck getting all your contacts in Skype to use GNU Free Call.

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RE[2]: 'Twas about time
by greygandalf on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 16:29 in reply to "RE: 'Twas about time"
greygandalf Member since:
2008-04-07

Exactly. It is like everybody using MS Office and your OpenOffice exchange is broken.
Everybody uses skype because it works, it passes through routers and works even inside big firewalled company networks.
What would be needed is a skype-compatible implementation.

And, to complete the rant: The latest skype versions are really terrible, they have an indecent UI that looks like iPhone stuff brought to your workstation.

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RE: 'Twas about time
by nt_jerkface on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 20:24 in reply to "'Twas about time"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Where is Skype for DOS?

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