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Skype 2.0 vs. Ekiga for Linux

Nov 30, 2007, 02:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"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 platforms.

"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 usage..."

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