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: u really dont get it!
by ecruz on Sun 5th Jun 2011 02:13 UTC in reply to "u really dont get it!"
ecruz
Member since:
2007-06-16

I agree with you. But also, why don't the OSS community comes up with a piece of software, brand new, that has no equivalent in the proprietary world and that everyone wants to use?

I just want them to come up with something new. There is enough brain power there to do it, but overall, copying or reverse engineering is all I hear about.

Japan did that for many years but it did not become successful until they started creating their own work. OSS, is time to begin to think that way.

Even if they reverse engineered Skype, first MSFT will not sit idle by (would you, after you pay 8 billion for the thing?), so reversing it is not happening. Second, if it did happen, how many people outside of the geek world (remember geeks, you are a very, very, small minority in the marketplace) would use it instead of the real thing. C'mon, get real!

Just look at OpenOffice, what's their market share?

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RE[2]: u really dont get it!
by Neolander on Sun 5th Jun 2011 06:30 in reply to "RE: u really dont get it!"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Just look at OpenOffice, what's their market share?

I globally agree with your comment, but this is not necessarily the best example you could pick.

Here, I see OpenOffice adopted more and more around me, by governmental institutions like schools or the police which figure out that they could do something interesting with all that money that MS Office costs.

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RE[2]: u really dont get it!
by bogomipz on Sun 5th Jun 2011 17:32 in reply to "RE: u really dont get it!"
bogomipz Member since:
2005-07-11

The OSS community does come up with brand new things from time to time. Some examples are SSH, MPD, tiling window managers, TeX and LyX. I wanted to mention Emacs, but maybe that's not really true since it started as a set of TECO macros.

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