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Re: [opensuse] something like skype, but secure?
  • From: "John Andersen" <jsamyth@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 19:30:36 -0700
  • Message-id: <60fb01490805031930t561a8d91j5b48f2d6b814d5ba@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sat, May 3, 2008 at 6:15 PM, Carlos E. R.
<robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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The Saturday 2008-05-03 at 12:19 -0700, John Andersen wrote:


Skype "searches for in your computer"? ???

Bypassing the firewall is the beauty of skype, a documented feature.

Firewall traversal is not difficult.
Skype is a community supported protocol,


Say what?

Community supported!? It is closed source, man. The method is known, more
or less, because it has been reverse engineered, but it is certainly not
"community suported".


not dissimilar
from BitTorrent in concept.

Try to read to the end of the sentence before you reply.

I didn't say skype was open source, I said the protocol was a
community.

Every additional user on skype ADDS to the available network, rather
than stretching it thinner. If you are behind a firewall, the
firewall traversal
methods in skype will connect to any skype client that is NOT behind
a firewall.

So the un-firewalled machine routes traffic for the two firewalled
machines. This is fully explained in the Skype docs. This takes
a little bandwidth. (its really pretty small). If you don't want to provide
this service as a skype user, you stay behind a firewall. Its that simple.

I've been using skype since Alpha days, I was one of the early linux
testers, (before there was a windows client).

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