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Re: [opensuse] something like skype, but secure?
  • From: "Benji Weber" <benji@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 07:44:02 +0100
  • Message-id: <d6b310ce0805032344i7fbe0ef3ifbb64655a2ead9b4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 04/05/2008, peter nikolic <p.nikolic1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
but the thing is no one ever uses them it's all skype , I cant for the life of
me see why you are soi PARANOID about security you hiding national government
secrets or similar either that or you got some serious stuff to hide from
people ..

Not true. SIP telephony is widely used in businesses, even for
handling hundreds or thousands of internal and external phone calls.
Skype is mainly only used by home users. You can run your own
telephony system with asterix, connect it to one or several telephony
providers which will link it to the PoTS, using the cheapest provider
for each call. The advantage of open protocols is what made the world
wide web take off, everyone can interoperate. One of the reasons of
moving to VoIP is to get away from vendor lockin of the PoTS.

Skype on the other hand is a proprietary protocol that creates far
more vendor lockin than the PoTS does in many countries. To
communicate with another skype user you must be using a skype product
and skype's network. If skype start charging everyone for doing
skype-skype calls then there's nothing you can do about it. If skype
were to triple their prices you could move to another provider... oh
wait you can't. Furthermore, by using skype you are donating your
computer's bandwidth, and CPU time to extending a proprietary network
that can only be used for increasing skype's profit, have you read the
EULA? Additionally, you are locked into using proprietary non-free
client software which could be doing anything to your computer, there
is already suspicion that it sends more information than is required
or agreed upon back to skype, and skype could add any additional
functionality that you would not know about to the client in future

So the choices are use SIP telephony which is widely used, there are
hundreds of providers you can chose between and mix and match, and a
huge choice of both softare and hardware phones. Or you could be
anti-social and use skype, telling everyone they must lock themselves
into using a proprietary protocol and proprietary software in order to
talk to you.

Benjamin Weber
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