Thursday, October 02, 2008

Another Example of Why You Can Only Trust Free Software

The discovery of surveillance of Skype messages in China is particularly disturbing since I advised my sister that Skype would be the most convenient and secure means to communicate with her friends in China.


Gnuosphere said...

Skype has been oppressing users for some time now.

What I'm curious about is: has there been any progress on making an app based on the reverse engineering of the Skype protocol? Or was that just a hoax?

Tom Hoffman said...

I don't think you'd want to bother reverse engineering their protocol, but I wish we had reliable open source audio and video chat.

Gnuosphere said...

I suppose that reverse engineering the protocol before a FOSS solution is well established is putting the cart before the horse. Once a working free app is established, I suppose integrating a REd version of the Skype protocol could come in handy. An analogy I'm thinking of is that it's useful to be able to open .doc files with OpenOffice.

The last time I checked out Ekiga it was fairly unreliable but it's been about 2 years since I gave it a go. I know it's been nominated as a high priority item of the FSF.