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

Mike Jones mike.jones at manchester.ac.uk
Thu Jan 31 21:01:06 UTC 2013

Short contribution... I use Access Grid on a weekly basis. It is essentially a collection of conferencing tools and a means to share connection details thereof.  It uses vic and rat (audio and video) -- tools with GUIs built using tk-tcl -- and other non-essential tools built on jabber protocols etc. The AG tooling assumed multicast enabled networks but for point to point this is not necessary; and UK's AG infrastructure provided bridging on and off the mbone as well as support: this was provided by ja.net and formerly Manchester uni. 
Mike J.

Dave Love <fx at gnu.org> wrote:

>james riley <jimr1603 at gmail.com> writes:
>> 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
>> 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
>> :P) Is there an alternative that works well on GNU/Linux & Windows
>> is incredibly painless, since I'll have to persuade 2 windows users
>> install something else.
>I'm not sure whether it's relevant, but:
>As I understand it, the JANET video conferencing service ("access
>is usable with free software originating in the old MBONE stuff from
>UCL, and now <https://www.mcs.anl.gov/research/projects/accessgrid/>.
>However, I've had no need of AG since our VC room with proprietary
>software was scrapped, so I can't vouch for it.  AG has non-trivial
>notworking issues, which presumably rule it out for general use, but
>major universities are likely to have that sorted.  AG is, or was,
>supported at Manchester; perhaps an expert is listening?
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