Poll: Open source alternatives to Skype | Opensource.com

Poll: Open source alternatives to Skype

Posted 27 May 2011 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
(3 votes)

Which open source alternative to Skype will you choose?

Ekiga: Formerly GnomeMeeting
36% (46 votes)
Blink: VoiP calls, video, and chat
18% (23 votes)
Jitsi: Also supports XMPP, AIM, and other IM services
15% (19 votes)
SylkServer: SIP server and conferencing
3% (4 votes)
SFLphone: Enterprise softphone for desktop and embedded
2% (3 votes)
Linphone: VOIP client also available for Android, Blackberry, and iPhone
26% (34 votes)
Total votes: 129

After you vote, find out why Microsoft cut ties with Asterisk and more details about open source Skype alternatives.



As a one time self proclaimed Stalmanite, I can tell you from my own life that some perhaps many FLOSS users tout big claims on a Open Source BLOG but quietly use what ever works for them on their own machines.

Even Stalman up until about a year ago was making concessions in regards to glibc.

Just observations and confessions from my own life and those I watch. Now excuse me while I go load my favorite Wine application.

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Open Sourcerer

Sometimes, we need to provide bridges to people who do not completely understand or believe in open souce ideals. Other times, people just need things that work or that they are more comforable with.

Thanks for sharing your observations.

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Open Minded

Doesn't Google Chat +voice&video qualify for this list? Although it's offered through a closed (in this case I read that as safe & uncomplicated) service it's based on a lot of open technologies, like Jabber and.., I could swear I read an article about the Voice being based on Speex, though the video I don't know.

If I really feel compelled to find a Skype replacement, I'm gonna have to find something my mum can set up and use. I'm probably stuck with Skype...

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Community Member

In the past I've used the Gizmo Project, but there was no-one else on it, and I don't have the energy to get colleagues and relatives to try something they'e never heard of and I can't support.

For now I'm sticking with Skype for grandparent chats, but I'd be open to trying Google Talk or something opener...

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Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, project manager, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets