[HacktionLab] Open Source / federated VOIP?

U us2cool at gmail.com
Thu Dec 25 02:05:23 UTC 2014

Also interested in this. Have tried RedPhone (android) which is okay, but
calls drop a lot and the quality isn't great. TextSecure, the companion
encrypted chat app is pretty good.

Was looking at testing Jitsi next for VoIP.

On Thu, Dec 25, 2014 at 12:47 AM, <nmd at riseup.net> wrote:

>  Hi,
> I was just wondering what other list members thoughts were on the current
> state of open source Voice over IP software?
> I've tried the range of user end software that are available for this on linux
> for SIP or XMPP (through the debian /ubuntu repositories) as well as some of
> the clients that are available for android (through F-droid) - ekiga, empathy,
> telepathy,pidgin; lumicall, csipsimple, etc... with very little success. I
> think I managed to get an audio call working only once with my brother, which
> was an empathy - empathy or empathy - pidgin connection I think).  My brother
> says he's had some success using Pidgin with riseup.net and XMPP.
> Have also tried several servers: riseup.net and jabber.org for xmpp, and ostel.co (guardian project) and ekiga.net for SIP; haven't been particularly
> systematic in testing these but still little success.
> I'm not particularly techie (though maybe more than most of the public) and
> haven't really been able to fiddle a lot round with settings as I don't
> particularly understand them. However, I get the impression that despite these
> manuals  suggesting fairly simple set up, these technologies are not really
> ready for general use. Secure video and audio calls are an important method of
> communication, and ideally there would be some protocols and clients that work
> satisfactorily out of the box, and that I would feel able to recommend to
> others, with less knowledge or interest in setting up these things. It seems
> to me currently that if such protocols and cleints exist, I haven't found
> them, and so currrently can't recommend anything to 'beginners'. Perhaps there
> are others I haven't tried, or I have just been particularly unfortunate?
> Has anyone had more positive experiences of using SIP/ XMPP? What, if
> anything, would you recommend for people with less technological ability, or
> commitment, to try?
> Cheers,
> Nick
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