[Scottish] Skype?

Ben Thorp thorpb at uk.ibm.com
Mon Sep 6 11:49:54 BST 2004

PhoneGAIM implements the SIPPhone protocol, which claims to be the most
popular VoIP standard.  There is a comparison chart at
http://www.phonegaim.com/thecall.html (although this is probably biased).

You can read about SIP at http://www.sipphone.com/

I couldn't find anything to suggest whether or not SIP includes encryption,
although the chart on the Skype page may include SIP with 'Other standard
VoIP clients', in which case it may not.

scottish-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk wrote on 06/09/2004 11:31:30:

> Ben et al
> >
> > A FOSS alternative would appear to be PhoneGAIM (www.phonegaim.com)
> > adds VoIP functionality to GAIM, and is sponsored by Michael
> > Robertson/Lin[dows|spire]
> A FOSS alternative is nice, however in the case of this wonderfully
> disruptive technology I feel it is better to go with the system
> which has the largest mindshare and "market momentum".
> Just watched:
> http://www.alwayson-network.com/events/index.php#0713
> with the interview with Michael Powell (FCC Chairman) where he
> reiterates his comments about Skype
> "If you're a big incumbent and you've sort of enjoyed a competitive
> advantage . . . you, in my opinion, ought to be terrified."
> "I think it's going to be the very, very best and biggest breakthrough
> in our ambitions and dreams about competition ever."
> Does PhoneGAIM encrypt it's calls?  I bet GCHQ, NSA and the other
> Echelon participants are not impressed at the prospect, which on
> that basis alone recommends it to me.
> Cheers
> Julian
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