Yesterday, I was introduced to the world of VoIP via Skype (http://www.skype.com
) and I must say, I am very, very impressed.
A bit about Skype:
"Skype is free Internet telephony
that just works.
Skype is for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world."
Yes, it's free to call someone else who has Skype running. The voice quality is unbelievable. I am using the skype-220.127.116.11-fc3.i586.rpm for FC3 and I am running it on a PII600 desktop, AMD 2000+ dekstop and a PIII600 laptop.
All you need is a headset or some kind of microphone/speakers and a 3.3k dial-up, yes dial-up. I monitored my broadband connection, and the bandwidth never went above 3.3k/s during a 20min free call.
It is available for all platforms:
Here are some Linux screenshots from their site:
Mine are attached.
There are two things that I think are lacking:
1. Although you call call land lines for only 1.1p/cents (via SkypeOout - http://www.skype.com/products/skypeout/rates/
) per minute, you can't create conference calls like you can between other Sykpe members.
2. You can't be called from a land line.
That's not to say they are not working on these features now.
Assessment on the installation out of 5: 5 (Just install the RPM)
Assessment of the ease of use out of 5: 5 (My Grandad uses it ;-) )
Assessment of the features out of 5: 4 (see above)
Assessment on the quality of the program out of 5: 5 (I haven't found any bugs yet)
An overall assessment out of 10: 9.5
I know it's a commercial app, but the only GPL/OSS version I know of is Gnome Meeting, and I haven't tested it yet.
Would someone like to review it?