[Fellowship-uk] [Fsuk-manchester] Software Freedom Day: Hunt for Skype alternatives

james riley jimr1603 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 29 21:19:44 UTC 2013

Apologies to those who are getting this 2ce since Gmail doesn't seem
to handle replying to just mailing lists.

I'm suddenly very interested in a Skype alternative since for a couple
of weeks I'm likely to see my supervisor by Skype. Undesirable. (But
at least I can use uni hardware that's already dirtied by its presence
:P) Is there an alternative that works well on GNU/Linux & Windows and
is incredibly painless, since I'll have to persuade 2 windows users to
install something else.

It's probably only a shot to nothing since I'm likely to get a "but I
don't like change" response.

On the gripping hand, I might be able to wean my parents off the idea
of skype...

James R

On 29 January 2013 20:01, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.com.au> wrote:
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> Just following up about FOSDEM, as I would be interested in chatting
> in person with anybody who is particularly keen on the hunt for a
> Skype alternative.
> In particular, we are expecting a really big attendance at the session
> this Sunday.  My web stats have gone through the roof this month, and
> all of the speakers involved typically attract a huge crowd just
> appearing on their own.  Is there anybody involved with FSFE who may
> be able to comment on or contribute to the logistics of carrying
> forward the momentum from Sunday's session?
> On 09/01/13 21:18, Daniel Pocock wrote:
>> FOSDEM update... leaders of open source VoIP, real-time
>> communication, micro-blogging and social networking projects are
>> coming together at FOSDEM to try and answer some of the concerns
>> that were raised in the FSF Europe report about the hunt for Skype
>> alternative
>> Here is an interview:
>> https://fosdem.org/2013/interviews/2013-daniel-pocock-and-peter-saint-andre-and-simon-tennant-and-evan-prodromou-and-daniel-constantin-mierla-and-emil-ivov/
>>  and here it is in the schedule (14:00 on Sunday, 3 February):
>> https://fosdem.org/2013/schedule/event/free_open_secure_communications/
>>  Look forward to meeting some of you at FOSDEM
>> On 21/11/12 23:14, Daniel Pocock wrote:
>>> On 02/11/12 17:14, Sam Tuke wrote:
>>>> On 10/24/2012 06:08 PM, Daniel Pocock wrote:
>>>>> I've actually proposed a follow-up talk about the subject
>>>>> for the upcoming mini-DebConf, as a developer of VoIP apps
>>>>> I'm quite keen to (try to) answer questions that people have
>>>>> about why so many things didn't work during the tests on
>>>>> Software Freedom Day
>>>>> http://fr2012.mini.debconf.org/#schedule
>>>> Very good! Please let me know if there is a video made of this
>>>>  talk, I can make a news item out of it on fsfe.org.
>>> Just a reminder - the talk about Debian's role in replacing
>>> Skype is at 16:00 this Saturday.
>>>>> Yes, I'm happy to administer that, and mailman is fine.
>>>> I'll get that set up.
>>> Great, the list is now there for people who want to continue
>>> pursuing this initiative to the next stage:
>>> https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/free-rtc
>>> There is already a push to repeat the VoIP client testing at
>>> FOSDEM in February, I'm currently discussing with the Jabber and
>>> telephony devroom co-ordinators.
>>> For those who missed it, Microsoft has announced they are
>>> killing off MSN within 6 months and migrating everybody into
>>> Skype... one step closer to world domination.  Scary stuff.
>>> Expect them to take similar steps to make Skype more dominant in
>>> the corporate space.
>>> http://crave.cnet.co.uk/software/microsoft-killing-messenger-early-next-year-in-favour-of-skype-50009702/
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