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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Web-RTC
by Valhalla on Sat 4th Jun 2011 13:52 UTC
Valhalla
Member since:
2006-01-24

I haven't seen this mentioned on OS-News (which is weird since it has made the round on all other tech sites I visit) but Google's Web-RTC is basically offering Skype through your browser, with Chrome (naturally), Mozilla and Opera implementing it. Again it's free (I'm sort of missing mrhasbean's downvoted comments saying 'it's not freee!') and fully open source so it can be picked up by Safari and IE but due to politics it will likely only be available as plugins for those browsers.

http://sites.google.com/site/webrtc/home
http://www.i-programmer.info/news/87-web-development/2517-google-we...

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RE: Web-RTC
by Neolander on Sat 4th Jun 2011 16:07 in reply to "Web-RTC"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

(I'm sort of missing mrhasbean's downvoted comments saying 'it's not freee!')

See the bright side of it: his nickname has never been so appropriate =p

Again it's free [...] and fully open source so it can be picked up by Safari and IE but due to politics it will likely only be available as plugins for those browsers.

Well, considering that Apple are busy on their side reinventing video calls in a proprietary way, it's indeed unlikely that Safari would get such a feature. But I wonder : do Safari and IE have such a thing as a public plugin API ? Or are all plug-ins for these browsers written using undocumented APIs that are likely to change at every new version ?

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RE[2]: Web-RTC
by ccraig13 on Mon 6th Jun 2011 16:49 in reply to "RE: Web-RTC"
ccraig13 Member since:
2011-05-31

Safari 5 has an extensions framework but I'm not sure how much they let you tweak Safari with it. As far as Apple reinventing stuff goes, sometimes I wish Steve would go back to what he said at the '97 WWDC: Apple doesn't have to be different just much better.

But then again, I like most of the stuff they do different! ;)

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