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Ekiga 4.0 released
Posted Nov 29, 2012 15:22 UTC (Thu) by colo (subscriber, #45564)
Posted Nov 29, 2012 15:29 UTC (Thu) by HelloWorld (guest, #56129)
Posted Nov 29, 2012 15:35 UTC (Thu) by colo (subscriber, #45564)
Better GNOME 3 integration with improved notifications and tray icon removal
Posted Dec 12, 2012 11:14 UTC (Wed) by ededu (subscriber, #64107)
Posted Nov 29, 2012 17:53 UTC (Thu) by gwolf (subscriber, #14632)
I had two major (and very different!) use cases for it. One was to allow for remote participation for an online Free Software and Education encounter we held at my university, and the other one was to talk with my girlfriend, who then lived in a different country.
As for the first one, it was very frustrating. The CODEC quality of Ekiga was abysmally low, so conferencing people often had interruptions, broken connections, freezes and whatnot. That, when they could connect — Even if my university has a Tandberg H.323 server/MCU, no amount of STUN was enough to get them to connect reliably. In the end, we did all kinds of hackery (including at some point calling the presentator by phone, because Ekiga sent the picture correctly but no audio was coming through, or locally displaying the presentation following their indications because of the opposite), or let our prejudices down and used Skype for some others.
As for my girlfriend... Well, I can only thank Ekiga for not being more reliably, as she moved to Mexico with me, and we are now married ;-)
Posted Nov 30, 2012 18:13 UTC (Fri) by Rehdon (guest, #45440)
Posted Dec 3, 2012 18:47 UTC (Mon) by Richard_J_Neill (subscriber, #23093)
The reason it's necessary is because the central SIP registration server can easily handle the bandwidth for who is online and call-setup, but not for the actual call (it would make it really expensive for eg ekiga.org, and it would add latency).
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