An Open Source and encrypted Skype alternative called Jitsi

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2013 - 10:03 AM |
Tagged: zrtp, sip, xmpp, voip, skype, open source, Jitsi, encryption

Jitsi seems to be a lot of things, from an IM Client agglomerator such as Pidgin or Digsby, a combined XMPP and SIP VoIP client to a videoconferencing hub with all traffic encrypted using ZRTP.  This Open Source software also claims integration with Microsoft Outlook and Apple Address Book, putting it in competition with Skype on more than one front.  Unfortunately it will not connect to all online SIP or XMPP provider but Jitsi does offer an open XMPP bridge to host video calls and as it is open source there is no reason you could not construct your own.  With the release of version 2.0 a host of new features and improvements have been added which you can read about by following the links at Slashdot.  They have also partnered with the FMJ Project to allow recording of sessions as well as other possible customization thanks to the developers Wiki.

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"Among the most prominent new features people will find quality multi-party video conferences for XMPP, audio device hot-plugging, support for Outlook presence and calls, an overhauled user interface and support for the Opus and VP8 audio/video codec. Jitsi has lately shaped into one of the more viable open Skype Alternatives with features such as end-to-end ZRTP encryption for audio and video calls. The 2.0 version has been in the works for almost a year now, so this is an important step for the project."

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Source: Slashdot
March 6, 2013 | 11:02 AM - Posted by Markon101

Nice to see a great piece of software like this that isn't owned by companies like Apple and Microsoft. (Even though I like some of those solutions, sometimes it's just nice to say no to corporate closed source tools.)

March 7, 2013 | 07:26 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

Skype wasn't owned by Microsoft until it was... The good thing is that this is open source, so a lot less likely to make that transition.

March 21, 2013 | 06:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

PCPer and Jeremy,

Thank you for bringing to light software and services such as this. It's great to know that there are alternatives.

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