Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 22:23 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Internet & Networking "One researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses. In fact, he claims to have already achieved that reverse engineering feat on a new skype-open-source blog. The source code has been posted for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x of Skype as well as details of the rc4 layer arithmetic encoding the service uses."
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RE: Microsoft Wrath?
by Valhalla on Sat 4th Jun 2011 13:13 UTC in reply to "Microsoft Wrath?"
Valhalla
Member since:
2006-01-24

I wonder if Microsoft would just let this be. Surely they'd bear their mighty weight onto him sooner or later. And I don't think it's gonna be pretty.


Apparently that is already happening:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTUyNg

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RE[2]: Microsoft Wrath?
by mfaudzinr on Sat 4th Jun 2011 20:02 in reply to "RE: Microsoft Wrath?"
mfaudzinr Member since:
2008-02-13

How unfortunate but it is within their right to do so. On parity feature across all platforms, even on Windows I do find the experience/interface a bit wanting to say the least but serviceable. I've never tried the version on Linux though. I hope Microsoft would not pull the plug on other systems and continue to improve the protocol/software across all supported platforms (Wishful thinking perhaps) but it is necessary so as not to have the need to reverse engineer the protocol/software.

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RE[3]: Microsoft Wrath?
by ecruz on Sun 5th Jun 2011 02:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft Wrath?"
ecruz Member since:
2007-06-16

It is nice to see a poster here that seems to have a clue, not just about the technical aspects of the subject, but also the importance of x,y,z company responsibility and business decisions.

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