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  • #16
    Originally posted by Panix View Post
    Thanks for the info. That's what I was wondering about. I was curious what issues one might expect if trying the Linux version considering they're not really updating the releases anymore.

    Any thoughts on Google Voice? I've never tried it but I had the impression it is considered somewhat of an 'alternative?'
    Voice is good, but also proprietary, and it only works within a browser. More and more people I deal with are willing and able to talk over Google Voice instead of Skype, so at least we're making progress by moving away from Skype and toward Google, but if I had my druthers, Voice would have a proper desktop client, and it'd be open source... neither of which goals are currently in the works for Voice.

    As far as call quality, latency, reliability, etc, I can't tell the difference between Voice and Skype. Maybe some other people on worse connections can tell, but it works fine for me.

    Then again, Skype works fine for me also, even though it hasn't been updated in forever.

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    • #17
      Voice is basically following the same "innocuous semi-evil" model that much of Google's recent services follow; by "semi-evil" I mean that the evil comes from the proprietary nature of the platform, but it doesn't harm users in practice because it's well-supported on all kinds of platforms (including Linux), it's free as in beer, and there aren't overly restrictive terms of use or anything like that. In essence, I don't think it's the end-all be-all of VoIP, but it definitely makes a positive step away from Skype, at least in terms of supportability on Linux. (Google's Voice plugin for Firefox and Chrome is still updated about four times per year and it has YUM and APT repositories).

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      • #18
        Isn't Google Voice just standard Jingle audio, and you can thus call them with any supporting client?

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        • #19
          Did you notice that the blog post disappeared? http://skype-open-source.blogspot.it/, maybe they had problems again.

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          • #20
            Did you see that the blog post was removed? http://skype-open-source.blogspot.it/.

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