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[liberationtech] Google Hangout the new, better skype? Was Re: Skype redux

Brian Conley brianc at smallworldnews.tv
Fri Dec 21 12:48:30 PST 2012


On Dec 21, 2012 2:24 PM, "KheOps" <kheops at ceops.eu> wrote:
>
> Hi everyone :)
>
> Le 21/12/2012 17:29, liberationtech at lewman.us a écrit :
> > 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,
> > https://jitsi.org/.
>
> We have tried to push Jitsi forward as a replacement to Skype, notably
> with Syrian people. In the first tries we did, it appeared really not
> easy to use from Syria, mainly because of the poor bandwidth there which
> seemed to prevent video calls to work correctly and NAT issues.

This is exactly the reason to use Google hangout. I have been traveling in
the MENA region the last few weeks, often relying on a local 3g connection
to maintain daily contact with my family.

As I was paying per mb/GB of data, I kept a close eye on the transfer. Its
completely unscientific, but Google hangout seems to use a fraction of the
bandwidth as skype (1/10th?!)

So there is a serious discussion to have here, no? If gmail is acceptable
for anyone not concerned with US government or allies as an adversary, why
not Google hangout?

B

>
> We however haven't had time to dig more in Jitsi settings, and I wonder
> if someone had a good URL for documentation/tutorial?
>
> Thank you :)
> KheOps
>
>
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