"Many of us wonder, why is there so much excitement over Skype
when, at its core, Ekiga is a more robust application with even
more maturity behind it? The answer to that is rather
simple--provide a compelling reason to use something besides Skype.
Honestly, I believe Ekiga blows Skype out of the water with mature
features (video calls) and it's open source heritage, which means
that nothing 'weird' is going on without you knowing about it. Yet
many Linux users by the truckload will still migrate over to Skype
because they 'know' about this application from other
"If Skype is ever to be toppled, we must embrace Ekiga on other
platforms more regularly. Unfortunately, word of mouth outside of
Linux has been fairly weak. In the past, people have pointed to
Ekiga as saying that unlike Skype, it has challenges with bypassing
firewalls. Be this as it may, the fact remains that this is too
geeky for most people and hence why Skype sees broader
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