On Wed, 2009-03-04 at 09:54 -0500, Dave Feustel wrote:
I have become interested in using Skype on F9. I know next to
about Skype, so I read the wiki entry which is an eye-opener. The Skype
software for linux is for F7. How well does that software work on F9?
IIRC audio works OK, video not so much.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. The "Skype Out" service (for calls to POTS phones) costs money
-- you can use PayPal -- but is very cheap compared to regular phone
service, especially for international calls. Skype-to-Skype calls are
Are there any open-source alternatives to Skype?
Ekiga (Gnome-based) and a few others. I think none of them are really
competitive with Skype in the market volume sense, but they do use the
open SIP protocol.
Any other comments?
Skype uses a closed proprietary protocol which free clients can't
interact with, and of course the source is closed so you get to install
a binary and hope it isn't doing anything nasty. If you can live with
that, it works quite well.