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    Default Alternative to skype?

    Is there a real alternative to skype that works really well on Linux?

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    Default Re: Alternative to skype?

    What exactly do you require this skype like app to do?
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    > Is there a real alternative to skype that works really well on Linux?

    is it possible you don't know that real Skype runs really well on Linux ??

    at least mine does...works perfect...including video-phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    > Is there a real alternative to skype that works really well on Linux?

    is it possible you don't know that real Skype runs really well on Linux ??

    at least mine does...works perfect...including video-phone

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    True.
    But some are having issues with the video side. Laptop built in Cam's and all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    True.
    But some are having issues with the video side. Laptop built in Cam's and all that.
    I'm not disputing that it works well on some linux OS's and harware. I'm just asking if there are alternatives (and the linux part is because I don't want to use windows).

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    I don't know of a anything to provide the same service as Skype. Although I don't use it myself. I do use VoIP but via a SIP gateway and I never use video phone either.
    I guess you are saying Skype is not working for you?

    But many people incorrectly think software such as Skype is required for IP phones - It's not.
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    if you live in the USA there is a competing service....but,
    unfortunately, i forgot what it is called....wait, i remember it
    because a guy (in these fora) was unable to get it to work because it
    required Windows...he couldn't even get it to run in WINE...[which
    promts me to ask: have you tried running the Windows Skype client in
    WINE? or a VM?]

    have you described your Skype problems, asked for help and not found a
    solution? (i know i could look, but your post beginning this thread
    didn't say, and imo should have)

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    Default Re: Alternative to skype?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    if you live in the USA there is a competing service....but,
    unfortunately, i forgot what it is called....wait, i remember it
    because a guy (in these fora) was unable to get it to work because it
    required Windows...he couldn't even get it to run in WINE...[which
    promts me to ask: have you tried running the Windows Skype client in
    WINE? or a VM?]

    have you described your Skype problems, asked for help and not found a
    solution? (i know i could look, but your post beginning this thread
    didn't say, and imo should have)

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    I'm not understanding why everyone assumes that me asking for alternatives means that Skype doesn't work, or why some of you seem upset that I did not list problems with Skype. I just want alternatives (preferably open source). That's all.

    There are a bunch of alternatives on windows but on Linux I have yet to find any. So I'm asking. What's wrong with choice and wanting to look at other options? Just because Ubuntu works on my hardware, does that mean I can't try out openSUSE?

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    > I'm not understanding why everyone assumes

    if you had said what you were looking for, and why, you could have cut
    off all this unnecessary guessing..

    see: http://is.gd/2BfI3

    you apparently want an open source voice, video, text and file/data
    passing link all rolled up in one program that can also call land line
    and mobile telephones around the world..

    but, compatible with what (you didn't say)? telephones around the
    world? look to VoIP (but, it won't do data or video at the same time)

    or with all the micro$ofties out there on their 'messenger'? take a
    look at aMSN (i have no idea what it will do, but i don't think either
    can call a telephone in China)

    it will not be compatible with Skype unless it *is* Skype....

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    Default Re: Alternative to skype?

    You can use ekiga for voice/video and pidgin for chat. I have both of those running, but what I *use* is Skype. Skype works pretty much anywhere - no firewall issues - which is important to me since I travel. Also, it seems that everyone that I communicate with in this way uses Skype, and they are not going to change just to accommodate me.

    The latest version of Skype (2.1) fixed most of it's more annoying bugs - if you haven't tried it, you should.

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