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[liberationtech] Google Hangout the new, better skype? Was Re: Skype redux
brianc at smallworldnews.tv
Fri Dec 21 09:03:02 PST 2012
So I guess I'd say, who is going to fund a competitor to skype built on
jitsi? Without a. Convenient easy to use GUI b. Sexy advocates and adopters
and c. A marketing plan you aren't going to compete with Skype, Google
If security and privacy experts and developers are serious about broad
adoption of their tools and not just building a closed club of
cryptoexperts shouting "fire!" We have to work this out. I'm pretty busy
with my own work developing a secure by design storytelling and journalism
tool, but I'm happy to assist getting a jitsi based communications tool out
On Dec 21, 2012 11:29 AM, <liberationtech at lewman.us> wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:52:35 -0800
> Brian Conley <brianc at smallworldnews.tv> wrote:
> > So I guess the question is, is there a more/similarly convenient
> > video/audio chatting tool that can be advocated as a standard?
> Here's a single data point, extrapolate at your peril, I use Jitsi,
> I use jitsi daily for all my phone calls, text chats, and video chats.
> It's not as slick as Skype, yet. It's just a piece of software, you
> need to setup your own chat or voip accounts. It works with gchat,
> facebook, aol, msn, etc. It just works. It's effectively the open
> source version of skype. It's the same UI and functionality across
> operating systems (windows, macs, linux, bsds). I've watched non-tech
> people figure it out in 10 minutes and start chatting/calling, etc.
> I have zrtp-encrypted video and voice chats with people around the
> world. I can share my screen so others can see what I'm doing. For
> zrtp-encryption and screen sharing, all parties have to use jitsi. And
> OTR-wrapped text chat works well so far with any client on the other
> It's still a work in progress, much like Skype was when it was first
> released, but it's functional and gets out of the way so you can
> communicate. My $0.02.
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