Improving voice, video and chat communication with free software

Speaker: Jaminy Prabaharan

Type: Talk (20 mins)

Room: Menzies 12

Time: Jul 07 (Thu), 11:40

When it comes to voice and video over IP, most people nowadays are quick to use Skype, Whatsapp, or Viber. These systems come with a big community of people though this Software is only free as free as in beer. Protocols and proprietary, privacy is basically non existent. There are though several free alternatives like Jitsi, Linphone, Ekiga, Tox (qtox) and Mumble. However, the communities are often small and due to a lack of servers firewall traversal can be very cumbersome. Even if all these techniques are also available as open source software (ice turn server, siproxy, jitsi conference bridge, asterisk, freesip), bootstrapping any business relevant network based on these free alternatives is still hard. Automatic dependency resolution does actually help in debian, however integration and configuration could be greatly simplified. This project will evaluate options to achieve this simplification and integrate necessary changes and documentation into the respective debian packages.


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