Ekiga - The open-source SoftPhone, Video Conferencing and Instant Messenger application.
I wrote this short tutorial to inform my friends on Skype that an alternative to Skype does exist and that is what i am using.
1. You can download the windows version of Ekiga
yum install ekiga
Next you need to register here https://www.ekiga.net/?page=register
Now open Ekiga and follow the setup wizard or continue on with this tutorial if you want to use Ekiga to make calls to phone numbers.
To add your account username to ekiga without using the set-up wizard click Edit
> Right click to edit
and fill in the details.
User: Your Username
Authentication User: Your Username
Password: Your Password
the 'enable box
and the Status button should read 'Registered
' You might need to close and restart Ekiga for the connection to take place.
2. To call phone numbers in Ekiga
you need to create an account first
or with some other company if you choose to do so. I chose diamoncard.us
since it is the default service.
Once you have created your account and added some credit via PayPal
or by some other means remember to reply to the email
to verify the required payment or credit check
. Once you have received an email to verify your payment you then log into https://www.diamondcard.us/login
to get your 'account id' and 'pin code'
. When you log in to diamondcard
click the Home icon
on the top left hand corner of the screen. The home page
will give you your 'account id' and 'pin code'
Your account id: 00000
Your pin code: 000000000000
Next open Ekiga and use the setup wizard if you have not already used it before. If you used it before click edit
> click the Accounts
icon > Add an Ekiga Call Out Account
> and fill in the 'account id' and 'pin code' boxes and tick the 'enable' box.
To add a contact, click the Chat
tab > Add Contact
details and phone number:
Name: Ms Apple
Then to call a contact you right click
the name 'Call [Ekiga Call Out]
' to dial.
Note It must show "sip.diamondcard.us" at the end of the string to send the call through to Diamondcard.
By the way the word 'sip' stands for 'Session Initiation Protocol'. It is a standard for user sessions that involve multimedia elements such as video, voice, instant messaging, online games, and virtual reality.
I think Ekiga is a much better alternative to Skype and more importantly it is an open-source SoftPhone, Video Conferencing and Instant Messenger application that is native to Fedora. In my opinion the audio reception and recording is much better than it is in Skype.
Time to say good bye to authoritarian regimes.