h <hdixon(a)bigpond.net.au> wrote:
I've used skype with Mandriva, Rosa and OpenSuse.
I have since moved
on to Google Groups for video conferencing -- Doesn't meet your
requirements, but my 2c.
Interestingly, whereas Google has been promoting WebRTC in the W3C and the
IETF, that other large social network, Facebook, opted for a deal with Skype.
I'm sure that will keep Skype relevant as a consumer-oriented service for
quite a while - it's a strategically beneficial move. As I recall,
Skype/Microsoft then proposed its own alternative to Google's protocol and API
in negotiating the WebRTC standard.
Meanwhile, Apple has its own voice and video communication protocol. SIP is
also widely used, at least for voice.
It seems we're still a long way from interoperability in this space. I suppose
the situation isn't disastrous for Linux, since at least currently, all of
these solutions (not sure about the Facebook/Skype plug-in, though) are