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Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

Posted Oct 15, 2012 18:49 UTC (Mon) by tpo (subscriber, #25713)
In reply to: Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing by shmerl
Parent article: Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

> Google's hangouts multiplex on the server, reducing the burden on
> the clients network channel

It also allows them to do surveillance/datamining.

On a related note: is it possible to use gtalk without a google account?
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Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

Posted Oct 15, 2012 19:04 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333) [Link]

> On a related note: is it possible to use gtalk without a google account?

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.

Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

Posted Oct 15, 2012 19:07 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333) [Link]

actually scratch that. I was remembering things wrong.

Except linphone being the only voip software on linux that isn't terrible.

Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

Posted Oct 16, 2012 8:47 UTC (Tue) by njwhite (guest, #51848) [Link]

> linphone (I especially like the command line client) and I don't think that supports video conferencing.

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.

Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

Posted Oct 18, 2012 1:02 UTC (Thu) by marcH (subscriber, #57642) [Link]

I find twinkle OK.

Schaller: The long journey towards good free video conferencing

Posted Oct 15, 2012 23:31 UTC (Mon) by shmerl (guest, #65921) [Link]

You can communicate with users of GTalk XMPP server, if you have an account on any other federated XMPP server as drag pointed out. They enabled federation a while ago:

http://googletalk.blogspot.com/2006/01/xmpp-federation.html

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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