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extraspecialbitter
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:51 pm    Post subject: a Skype conundrum Reply with quote

My daughter lives in Kenya and communicates with most of her stateside friends and relatives via Skype. I've used BLASTERISK to call her cell phone, but am limited to a maximum of three minutes. I know it's technically possible to run Skype under BLAG, but I choose to keep my BLAG systems free of non-free software and therefore run Skype under the inferior LinuxMint or (*shudder*) Windoze instead. It would totally rock to use a free-software voice-and-video over IP solution that would successfully communicate with Skype. Shall I dub it "DreamNet"?
jebba
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't she install some SIP or IAX2 software on her machine? Then you could do computer to computer call. Or does she just have landline/cell?
extraspecialbitter
PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just installed ekiga, which seems fairly straightforward and will run on Windoze as well as BLAG. Once I figure out how to place calls with it I'll try to talk my computer-challenged daughter into installing it on her laptop. I did buy it for her after all...
jebba
PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

extraspecialbitter wrote:
I've just installed ekiga, which seems fairly straightforward and will run on Windoze as well as BLAG. Once I figure out how to place calls with it I'll try to talk my computer-challenged daughter into installing it on her laptop. I did buy it for her after all...


One issue with ekiga is if you're behind a NAT you may need a STUN server. The default gnome/ekiga accounts may provide for this.

The iax2 protocol developed by digium for asterisk doesn't have the NAT issues. There really aren't great iax2 fones (yet).

gr00ve
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

skype 2.0.0.68 runs perfectly well in blag
extraspecialbitter
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gr00ve wrote:
skype 2.0.0.68 runs perfectly well in blag


it probably does - and that's the conundrum: whether to "taint" an all-free BLAG system with non-free software or hope that its free counterparts are up to snuff. When that's not the case, I'll usually run it on a distro with no pretense of freedom - e.g. LinuxMint.

jebba
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've added the program `ihu` == i hear you, which is a VoIP application that only works with itself. hehe. But it looks pretty interesting, and does encrypted calls. Doesn't work via NATs though, so that could be a big downside (unless you do port forwarding).
gr00ve
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

quite honestly one of the main reasons why i chose skype over array of other voip based solutions available was the price.

4.54/month allows me to call most landlines in the eu for free.
in addition to that i spend about 15/month for all the other calls and skype routing to my mobile when i'm on the road.
not to mention that i also get to have a regular phone number so that folks can call it up either free or low cost.
[ok summer is slow - so above numbers might rise a bit shortly/hopefully]

running a small business makes my spending very restricted, but the way i see it this is a payment for the solution which works real well and most times is very reliable even on crappy links.

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