October 7th, 2004, 20:59
Any VoIPonauts here? Anyone used Skype? Today Skype announced:

- Skype IN, a service that will allow users to have their own phone number and accept inbound calls from the PSTN.

- an API that will enable third-party developers to build application add-ins to the Skype service.


(If you missed it, Skype is a non-standards-compliant voice-over-IP telephony package that runs on Windoze, Linux and now MacOS X. Its reason for success is that unlike SIP and H.323 based stuff, Skype is trivial to configure and use.)

A few weeks ago I fired it up on a Win98SE box (not officially supported by Skype) and my PowerBook to test it out. Despite being behind my *BSD NATing firewall, Skype connected up and I was able to chat between these boxes. Sound quality was excellent--sounded like high quality RA or WMA.

I suspect that Skype is going to blow past SIP VoIP and become the "people's choice".

Has any Screamer here tried running Skype under Linux emulation? That'd be interesting ...

October 16th, 2004, 22:22

I am using Skype as well as SkypeOut. I have had excellent results with it, and it's lovely to call me family in Europe in conference from the USA, for 0.017EUR/min :)

SkypeIn is just making my smile... adios phone...

Thanks for the news!


October 16th, 2004, 22:24
Forgot to mention.. I am running it Linux, perfectly (beta 0.92, kernel 2.8.1, ubuntu). It worked on Slackware as well. I have a friend that ran it on Gentoo and freeBSD.

October 18th, 2004, 00:14
I stick to SJPhone and LinPhone. Can find a port of SJPhone for just about anything.