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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RE[2]: Doh! ...
by Neolander on Tue 10th May 2011 17:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Doh! ..."
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I would say it's high time an OSS alternative to Skype appeared.

Ekiga ? Google Talk ?

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RE[3]: Doh! ...
by Liquidator on Tue 10th May 2011 20:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Doh! ..."
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Ekiga, yes. Google Talk isn't opensource, and isn't available for Linux either...

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RE[4]: Doh! ...
by delta0.delta0 on Tue 10th May 2011 21:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Doh! ..."
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Actually Google Talk is available for linux, it works inside GMAIL via an installable plugin:

Also, google talk works with pidgin and kopete and it is pretty much open source as it uses Jabber. Not sure about the voice side, but both kopete and pidgin can be used to connect to google talk and both support voice, so I think it is open source.

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RE[4]: Doh! ...
by Neolander on Wed 11th May 2011 04:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Doh! ..."
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Actually, I'm pretty sure that

1/GTalk is based on open standards like Jabber/XMPP which anyone can easily implement, and there have been implementations of it in Pidgin/Empathy.
2/There's a version of Google Talk for Linux, in the form of a browser plugin which runs inside of GMail.

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RE[4]: Doh! ...
by Damnshock on Wed 11th May 2011 09:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Doh! ..."
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Google Talk works over the XMPP protocol.

For the voice/video side works on an extension of the protocol called jingle although it's a bit different than the "official" one (it's opensource anyway as it's under a bsd licence )


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