Ring Joins The GNU, Aims For Decentralized, Multi-Device Communication

Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 4 November 2016 at 10:23 AM EDT. 32 Comments
Ring is now the newest GNU software project. Ring aims to be a universal communication software platform respecting user's freedoms and privacy. GNU Ring doesn't rely upon a centralized server and is based upon SFLPhone SIP/IAX2-compatible softphone for communication, far different from Skype.

Ring is up to their second beta release but is now the first for being part of the GNU. Ring Beta 2 offers multi-device support and a decentralized username registry that's currently considered experimental. There is also support for Ring URIs as another decentralized way for sharing your contact information.

Ring is GPLv3-licensed, makes use of the OpenDHT protocol, supports end-to-end encryption, and more.

Those wanting to learn more about GNU Ring and its hopes, see this morning's release announcement and visit the official site at Ring.cx.
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