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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skype alternative
by ecruz on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 18:33 UTC
ecruz
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2007-06-16

Is this another one of those great GNU programs that never get finish and just wander around the Internet never coming to consumers? Does that remind you of some big GNU project? Does the Hurd comes to mind?

You think people would move from Linux to the Hurd even if it was finish today? I don't think so. GNU people are not relevant anymore, they just have enough of a voice to be contrarians!

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RE: skype alternative
by spiderman on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 18:45 in reply to "skype alternative"
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2008-10-23

I suppose you have never heard about gcc, glibc, bash, coreutils, autotools, emacs, gettext, gzip, grub, grep, cpio, readline or tar? Because those are a subset of the GNU softwares that are highly relevant to several tens of millions of people.

Edited 2011-03-22 18:47 UTC

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RE[2]: skype alternative
by nt_jerkface on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 20:47 in reply to "RE: skype alternative"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Parent's point still stands. The GNU greatest hits came out years ago.

Gnash has been developed at a glacial pace and HURD still doesn't have a stable version.

Even if they developed a Skype alternative it would probably be ignored just like ogg. Skype is free and over 99% of the population does not care about having the source available.

Speaking of delayed open source projects, where the hell is Samba 4? All this focus on the desktop has left some important server projects out of the spotlight. FSF is just going to further divide the limited amount of available GPL developers with another project that will be ignored by the public. Meanwhile MS continues to roll in record profits from WinServer since Linux still does not offer enough advantages when it comes to integrating Windows clients.

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