[ubuntu-us-ma] skype alternative

Ralph deGennaro rmdegennaro at gmail.com
Fri Feb 6 04:45:35 GMT 2009


Hi Dan,

I figured if there were someone who had some more knowledge about the
possibilities we could let Mike (leftyfb), Martin (doctormo) and Steve
(what's your handle again Steve?) know what we found out.  Then get a better
idea of solutions that might pan out...

Anyways, thanks for the info.  I can setup two ID's or something and play
with stuff myself.  Unless someone else wants to try some things....

Best,
Rio

On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Daniel Hollocher
<danielhollocher at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hey Ralph,
> I think its more up to the organizers of the group's meetings than it is up
> to me.  I just saw a message on the IRC of the last meeting about looking
> for alternatives to skype, and I coincidently happened to have just been
> searching for an alternative to skype, along with Adobe Live Connect.
>
> Its really up to the people who organize the meeting (leftyb?), and what
> direction they want to take.
>
> As for testing your webcam in linux, you may want to wait for the Jaunty
> release before you spend too much time there.  It looks like there is come
> uncompleted driver integration in Intrepid that may muck things up a bit.
>
> Also, the webcam software sucks in Ubuntu.  I couldn't get cheese to work
> till I discovered that running it in "verbose mode" makes it work!  That's
> just voodoo weird.  And...  is there any other webcam capable software?  I
> know of Ekiga, but it crashes on me.
>
> Anyway, take care.
>
> Dan
>
>
> On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Ralph deGennaro <rmdegennaro at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Throw, not through!  Geesh, I'm rushed...
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Ralph deGennaro <rmdegennaro at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Hey Dan,
>>>
>>> My schedule is pretty tight, but I just created an account.  Through out
>>> a few days/times and we might be able to connect.
>>>
>>> Oh crud, I don't even know if the webcam on my laptop works under linux.
>>> Or if you have one, or just to check it out I can use it under Mac OS X or
>>> Windows....  So sill through out some times.  I'll test the webcam under
>>> linux in the least before hand.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Rio
>>>
>>> On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 1:46 PM, Daniel Hollocher <
>>> danielhollocher at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hey all,
>>>> I've been looking at some skype alternative possibilities.  Here are two
>>>> that I found interesting:
>>>> http://www.dimdim.com/products/what_is_dimdim.html
>>>> http://www.voiceandvideochat.com/
>>>>
>>>> Neither of these are VOIP soft phones like skype is, but they have
>>>> similar capabilities.  Dimdim is opensource, but only supports a single
>>>> webcam.  VVC seems to support linux (its flash based), and supports multiple
>>>> webcams, but its not opensource.
>>>>
>>>> I haven't tested these services with other people yet, so if there is
>>>> interest, we could set up a time to test them out.
>>>>
>>>> So far, for a two person voip call, skype is still the best that I have
>>>> seen.  I tried ekiga and qutephone, and couldn't get either to work.
>>>>
>>>> Dan
>>>>
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>>
>
>
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