Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 08:19 UTC, submitted by porcel
Microsoft So, the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's history. The Wall Street Journal reports - and it has been confirmed - that Microsoft and Skype will announce today that Redmond will buy Skype for $8.5 billion. That's a lot of money for a company that hasn't ever actually made any profits. Update: and it's official: yay on Skype on the Xbox360 and Windows Phone, and this: "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Let's hope this includes Linux.
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Doh! ...
by RshPL on Tue 10th May 2011 08:33 UTC
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Member since:
2009-03-13

The end of Skype for Linux? ... I suppose my family will have to live without us being able to video chat freely.

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RE: Doh! ...
by vodoomoth on Tue 10th May 2011 08:35 in reply to "Doh! ..."
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

I would say it's high time an OSS alternative to Skype appeared.

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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by majorhabib on Tue 10th May 2011 08:42 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
majorhabib Member since:
2009-08-26

Microsoft will definitely start its Skype Linux-killing campaign very soon.

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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by crhylove on Tue 10th May 2011 09:38 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
crhylove Member since:
2010-04-10

Yeah, it's not like .ogg isn't great for audio already. Let's get a pidgin plugin already!

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RE[2]: Doh! ... - the trick
by jabbotts on Tue 10th May 2011 11:59 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

A truly OSS skype alternative would indeed be welcome. What are the chances it would retain the POTS bridges though? I frequently use Skype to call long distance to land line numbers. I could actually reverse that and have a land line number that forwards to my local Skype if I wanted.

I do see an OSS version being able to match or improve on Skype to Skype functions. Here's hoping that OSS project can also manage to make a business of it and provide access to POTS lines. I'd be happy to give them my $2.95 a month instead of Microsoft.

Given Hackerspaces and community projects that have managed to setup and provide local ISP services, it's possible. Come on all you Hackerspaces out there; get coding some voip and see if you can make it happen.

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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by dragos.pop on Tue 10th May 2011 14:53 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
dragos.pop Member since:
2010-01-08

I'm sure there are a lot of OSS alternatives to skype. The problems with these alternatives are:
1) Quality - sound and video quality over slow connections made skype so loved. I'm sure though that there are products that offer good quality.

2) Market - Skype is not standard in any way but it is the de facto standard.
The problem with chat and VoIP is that you need a program that is compatible with what your friends are using. And since your friends have other friends and so on, you need to convince a hole market to adopt a new program.
Or at least to convince enough people to try a new chat(VoIP) and have to programs with the same functionality running at the same time.

Edited 2011-05-10 14:54 UTC

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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by Neolander on Tue 10th May 2011 17:32 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I would say it's high time an OSS alternative to Skype appeared.

Ekiga ? Google Talk ?

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RE: Doh! ...
by lidel on Tue 10th May 2011 09:03 in reply to "Doh! ..."
lidel Member since:
2011-05-10

Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more, in Jitsi - the most complete and advanced open source communicator.

via http://jitsi.org
also: http://www.jitsi.org/index.php/Main/Features

Edited 2011-05-10 09:16 UTC

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by Brunis on Tue 10th May 2011 10:20 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
Brunis Member since:
2005-11-01

"Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more, in Jitsi - the most complete and advanced open source communicator.

via http://jitsi.org
also: http://www.jitsi.org/index.php/Main/Features
"

You've GOT to be kidding? ..written in Java .. consumes 250 MiB with 3 protocols active and 5 users online.. and i thought Skype was bloated crap!

I guess rewriting Pidgin in Java increases memory consumption by a factor 20!

Edited 2011-05-10 10:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by WereCatf on Tue 10th May 2011 10:30 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

"Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more, in Jitsi - the most complete and advanced open source communicator.

via http://jitsi.org
also: http://www.jitsi.org/index.php/Main/Features
"

Jitsi is nowhere near the same as Skype.

First of all, it relies on 3rd party IM networks and protocol which means it's bound to have days when it's not working because the API got changed. Also, there's the risk that Microsoft/Yahoo/etc. will just lock these alternatives out of their network completely.

Secondly, it doesn't do phonecalls to, you know, actual phones. That's one of the most important selling points of Skype, that it can place regular calls to cell-phones or regular phones anywhere in the world.

Thirdly, it doesn't do SMS messages either. Some people use Skype for that too.

Fourth, it's is an EVEN bigger pig on resources than Skype is. Geesh.

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RE: Doh! ...
by tanishaj on Tue 10th May 2011 14:26 in reply to "Doh! ..."
tanishaj Member since:
2010-12-22

The end of Skype for Linux? ... I suppose my family will have to live without us being able to video chat freely.


Try Google Talk

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by Liquidator on Tue 10th May 2011 20:56 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

Not available for Linux: http://www.google.com/talk/otherclients.html

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RE: Doh! ...
by azrael29a on Tue 10th May 2011 16:08 in reply to "Doh! ..."
azrael29a Member since:
2008-02-26

The end of Skype for Linux? ... I suppose my family will have to live without us being able to video chat freely.

Also probably the end of Skype for Android...

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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by darknexus on Tue 10th May 2011 16:18 in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"The end of Skype for Linux? ... I suppose my family will have to live without us being able to video chat freely.

Also probably the end of Skype for Android...
"
And possibly the end of the iPhone version too. I can just see Apple banning Skype because it directly competes with Facetime, and it's now owned by a direct competitor on top of that. Actually, when you consider Apple's attitude, the Android version is probably more likely to stay alive.

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