Group:Skype Replacement

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Skype Replacement is an item on the FSF's High Priority Projects list.

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Protocol, not client

We need to make the discussion about protocols, not clients, (think how people say "send me an email" rather than "send me a Hotmail").

The primary functionality of Skype we aim to replace is real-time:

Anywhere over the internet (or beyond), with as many people per conversation, logging, etc. whatever other features (clarify this section as necessary).

The free protocols currently available to do this are.

Voice Video Text Notes
SIP Yes Yes? Yes sessions?
XMPP/Jingle Yes Yes Yes? presence?
Mumble Yes No? Yes?
WebRTC Yes Yes Yes?

Central Registry?

Apart from technical problems with free Skype replacements, there is a "network effect" problem preventing free protocols (and clients) becoming popular. This might be solved by ...?


Free clients

Lists exist already:

Do we need more info? If so it can go here.

SIP? XMPP/Jingle? Mumble? Active development? Platforms License Notes
Jitsi Yes Yes No Yes? Java LGPL
Ekiga Yes No? No Yes GNU, Windows XP  ?
Empathy Yes Yes No No? GNU GPL GNOME default
Psi
Yate
Mumble No No Yes
Pidgin
Twinkle Yes No? No
Asterisk
sipX

Personal experiences

Ekiga

Jitsi

Empathy

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