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[News] Skype Could Appease Free Software Needs, on GNU/Linux Only

  • Subject: [News] Skype Could Appease Free Software Needs, on GNU/Linux Only
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 07:50:25 +0000
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Skype To Provide Open-Source Linux Client

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| There's a new blog post on Skype.com entitled 
| Skype open source. It's officially confirmed 
| that "an open source version of [the] Linux 
| client [is] being developed." This open-source 
| client is part of some larger offering that 
| supposedly will be coming down the pipe at 
| Skype. These efforts will also help them get 
| Skype adopted within Linux distributions and 
| seeing Skype on other new platforms. 



Skype shutdown: where are free software and free protocols?

,----[ Quote ]
| Free software is definitely going strong in some areas, especially in the
| server market. However, there are other areas where free software and free
| protocols have failed. Internet based voice and video communication is one of
| those areas. The market is basically fully owned by Skype, a piece of
| proprietary software based on a proprietary (and abusive) protocol in the
| hands the same company that runs eBay. Free software advocates have been
| saying âwhat if Skype was discontinued?â for years. Then I read about eBay
| considering shutting Skype down. Pardon?


Why eBay Should Open-Source Skype

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| The great thing about opening up Skype is that it wouldn't affect its
| business model, which is already based on giving away the code, albeit in a
| closed form. Money could still be made from the outbound calls from Skype to
| ordinary phone lines. But freeing Skype completely would encourage wider use
| of both it and its protocols as an entire ecosystem grew up around them,
| leading to more users, and more opportunities to sell them subscriptions or
| pay-as-you-go plans. The only thing that eBay would lose are some of its
| problems....

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