On Fri 27 May 2005 09:24, Kevin Philp wrote:
> Does anyone out there use SKYPE on Linux and what is their experience
> with it?? Good, Bad. Our small company spends a small fortune on
> international calls and it sounds like an excellent deal. It also
> supports actually supports Linux rather than the usual "here is a
> binary...good luck but don't call us".
I use Skype a lot and so do quite a few ILUGers. Their Linux binary is
regularly updated with many bugfixes and some features as evidenced by
their changelog . In fact their was a new update released only two
days ago [...goes to download]. I did give SkypeOut a chance about 6
months ago but the quality was miserable for Irish numbers. Having said
that, the quality for calling to a landline in England was great.
If I recall correctly, they have also opened up their API so don't be
surprised if you see Skype integration in applications such as Kopete
in the future.
Currently, I use Skype to talk to other Skype users and I have gotten a
Blueface  SIP/VoIP account with Dublin phone number for E9.99 a
month which I use with KPhone . They also offer pay as you go
accounts and they have recently added other Irish geographic numbers to
their product line. Their support was very good including e-mailing me
advice as they noticed that I was having probelms logging in (KPhone's
configuration dialog isn't exactly intuitive).
I am having trouble finding a good Linux VoIP client (recommendations
anyone?). KPhone is adequate as best, crashes frequently and has few or
no features. It's DTMF tones are also incompatible with Blueface's
voice message system (this could be a problem with Blueface as the
tones work for other systems such as the Ormonde Cinema who have been
repairing their online purchasing system for six months now... but
that's another day's rant).
Creating a nice VoIP application was always a project I had in the back
of my mind if I could find the time (tm) but I recently came across two
new projects which may replace KPhone for me (I haven't tried them
yet): WengoPhone  and Twinkle .
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