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It also allows them to do surveillance/datamining.
On a related note: is it possible to use gtalk without a google account?
Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing
Posted Oct 15, 2012 19:04 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Google uses open protocols and it's very possible to communicate with somebody on a Gtalk account without having a Gtalk account yourself.
Of course you need a account with _somebody_. You can set up your own domain and servers of course. Which is what I did and works fine with people using Gtalk.
The biggest problem you run into is that all phone conferencing software on Linux is very terrible except linphone (I especially like the command line client) and I don't think that supports video conferencing.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 19:07 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Except linphone being the only voip software on linux that isn't terrible.
Posted Oct 16, 2012 8:47 UTC (Tue) by njwhite (subscriber, #51848)
Linphone does support video conferencing. I haven't used it myself, but when I started it up (before configuring it otherwise) it always popped up a webcam window. And yes, I am very fond of the command line client too.
Posted Oct 18, 2012 1:02 UTC (Thu) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
Posted Oct 15, 2012 23:31 UTC (Mon) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
You connect your XMPP client to your server, but you can add contacts from Google's server and communicate with them.
Federation is a very important interoperability idea in XMPP. It's a shame that some major XMPP servers (like Facebook's) don't use federation making them isolated and defeating the whole point of XMPP.
And some are even worse non interoperable and insecure monsters (Whatsapp). It's really strange that such kind of stuff comes out in this day and age.
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