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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Skype Replacement?


From: Ramana Kumar
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Skype Replacement?
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 11:04:16 +0100

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM, Alexey Eromenko <address@hidden> wrote:
IMO, Free Software can only compete with proprietary software, if
there is one central registry "de facto" standard.
Else you go the standard client/server route, where everyone needs own
server, needs to configure firewalls, needs knowledge. It doesn't work
for computer illiterate users.
 ...
And you soon realize, that Free Software Movement must develop not
just software, but central repository(-ies) for such applications, so
they can bypass firewalls for newbies to operate it.
The system must be smart enough to connect 2 PCs, even if both behind
firewalls over the Internet, by using a central server, for data
passing, if needed.

Alexey, good point - I agree!

LibrePlanet, does there already exist a libre central registry for voice/video communication over the internet?

FSF, would you be interested in backing such a centralised approach and popularising it?

Are there any ethical issues I am overlooking?

What about technical ones?

Finally, would it be difficult to gain adoption?

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