Free software is definitely going strong in some areas, especially in the server market. However, there are other areas where free software and free protocols have failed. Internet based voice and video communication is one of those areas. The market is basically fully owned by Skype, a piece of proprietary software based on a proprietary (and abusive) protocol in the hands the same company that runs eBay. Free software advocates have been saying "what if Skype was discontinued?" for years. Then I read about eBay considering shutting Skype down. Pardon?

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Created by Rimodoc 12 years 43 weeks ago – Made popular 12 years 43 weeks ago
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12 years 43 weeks 11 hours 33 min ago


XMPP for the win

XMPP Jingle p2p communication is far better than SIP and perhaps even better than Skype.
Empathy and now Psi (which also works in Windows) could be nice replacements for Skype.
I think that this should be the logical choice. Also, XMPP is also bound to many other free services not related to voice/video that I think would really benefit from the triumph of Jingle.

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Mr. Psychopath

12 years 42 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago


Re: XMPP for the Win

Totally agree with you on this. For the last few years, I had a jumble of contacts across many different messenger protocols, as well as contacts on Skype. Hopefully, with the upcoming stuff being doing with Jingle developers will be able to implement the protocols across the many various Free Software instant messengers out there.

My biggest gripe with the most popular ones (Pidgin, Kopete, Empathy perhaps) is that they don't fully implement XMPP as much as I'd like. File transfer from Gajim to Kopete or Pidgin to Gajim doesn't always work, and it's that lack that I think is holding back XMPP/Jabber. I'd really like to see developers use a more robust XMPP library that is up-to-date with the latest features.

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