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    Phoronix: The Skype Protocol Was Reverse-Engineered

    While many Linux users are upset that Microsoft's buying out Skype and that the Free Software Foundation's GNU Free Call hasn't matured much in being a reliable replacement to Skype (not all of the FSF projects move along), there is some interesting news this morning: an independent researcher has reverse-engineered the Skype protocol...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTUxOA

  • #2
    Glad to hear those news!

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    • #3
      Awesome, hopefully this will mean that Skype for Pidgin can be used without Skype itself.

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      • #4
        Eh, no mention of the guy's name?

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        • #5
          this news rocks!!!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by curaga View Post
            Eh, no mention of the guy's (remark: or gal's) name?
            As far as I know the DCMA allows for reverse engineering for the purpose of establishing interoperability. But maybe I am wrong, an there are legal reasons for hiding her or his name.

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            • #7
              And there I was, thinking M$ buying Skype is the perfect opportunity to start pushing SIP. Which is pretty open, afaik.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dgrafenhofer View Post
                As far as I know the DCMA allows for reverse engineering for the purpose of establishing interoperability. But maybe I am wrong, an there are legal reasons for hiding her or his name.
                Since it's mentioned in the source, would be common journalism to mention it:

                Hello, I'am Efim Bushmanov a freelance researcher and here is my project files on skype research.

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                • #9
                  We can't rely on reverse engineering, Skype can break current protocols at anytime...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scullder View Post
                    We can't rely on reverse engineering, Skype can break current protocols at anytime...
                    This is exactly what I was thinking. We have SIP and XMPP+Jingle for sending audio and video across the Internet in an open, decentralized, standardized way. Promoting vendor lock-in and proprietary protocols just inhibits the growth of open communications.

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