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Re: what's your favourite FLOSS?

On Monday 09 November 2009 05:05:52 Tshepang Lekhonkhobe wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 13:48, Dotan Cohen<dotancohen@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> instant messenger: skype (not floss? so make something this good in
> >> floss!)
> Surprising to find that there's no FLOSS competitor. I thought Skype
> was big on popularity, not features. What's missing in what you've
> tried? What comes close?

There are a number of FLOSS software phone applications.  None can make calls 
to Skype users that are using the Skype proprietary application over the Skype 
proprietary protocol.  The information needed to implement such features is 
not available in a form that can be used to develop FLOSS.

For those that want a FLOSS "Skype", the choice is clear:  Boycott Skype 
(hurting their popularity; which makes FLOSS software phones more attractive) 
until they open their protocols (which will allow FLOSS software phones to 
participate in the "Skype network".)

Those skilled in the art of reverse engineering could also use that skill 
against the software and protocol, but many do not have this option.
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