[linux-audio-user] fighting skype ...

Rob lau at kudla.org
Fri Mar 18 16:08:55 EST 2005

On Friday 18 March 2005 15:44, Eric Dantan Rzewnicki wrote:
> I know very little about skype and don't have much time or personal
> interest in learning about it. But, it's making inroads. I want to
> understand what it does and what free software alternatives are
> available. Is it possible for free software alternatives to inter
> operate with the skype world?

Free software VOIP typically takes the form of SIP, or Session 
Initiation Protocol, which is as close to a standard for end users as 
VOIP really has.  Skype doesn't have any SIP gateways as far as I 
know, though they're supposed to offer something called "SkypeIn" 
this summer to do that.  Personally, I'd rather just avoid them 
altogether, as it seems what they've brought to the mix is primarily 

I would say Linphone is the most widely used free SIP client software, 
at least under Linux.  Linspire seems to be throwing some money at 
PhoneGaim, though, so maybe it'll be grandmother-friendly before 


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