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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by Bolle1961 » Thu May 17, 2018 5:31 pm

Kyowash wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 3:27 pm
Bolle1961 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 2:07 pm
Linphone
https://www.linphone.org/
The repositories have still 3.6, but there's a flatpak with 4.x
Does it bother you with notifications about updating like Skype does?
No. Besides that, you can have several accounts in it
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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by phd21 » Thu May 17, 2018 8:29 pm

Hi Kyowash,

Yes, the PPA's I recommend are safe to use.

Linphone is a sip/voip phone application that is supposed to work very well, but will require opening certain firewall ports for it to work. They offer a free SIP account during setup too. Although I have always installed Linphone, I have never tried it with anyone.

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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by JerryF » Thu May 17, 2018 8:52 pm

Kyowash wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 1:38 pm
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Hi Kyowash,

I've set up two accounts when I installed Linphone on my Android (4.2.1) and on the home computer with 18.3 Cinnamon. Works fine. Only thing is that it takes several seconds for the recipient‘s app to ring.
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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by phd21 » Fri May 18, 2018 1:02 pm

Hi Everyone regarding this post,

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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by JerryF » Fri May 18, 2018 1:07 pm

Hi again Kyowash,

I installed Linphone on my work computer (Windows 10) and so far, so good. I connected with my partner at home (Linux). Connection is fast and great---sound and video.
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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by phd21 » Fri May 18, 2018 1:19 pm

HI JerryF,

Question: Do you have your Linux software firewall enabled and did you have to open certain firewall ports to allow incoming for Linphone to work?

Install and configure Linphone | OpenMCU
https://wiki.videoswitch.ru/en/terminals/linphone

How to install program on Ubuntu: How to Install Linphone 3.6.1 on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10
https://howto-ubuntunew.blogspot.com/20 ... buntu.html
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Linphone Firewall ports
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Linux Gufw (firewall) add ports
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Linux Gufw (firewall) add ports
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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by JerryF » Fri May 18, 2018 1:23 pm

phd21 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:19 pm
HI JerryF,

Question: Do you have your Linux software firewall enabled and did you have to open certain firewall ports to allow incoming for Linphone to work?
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I have firewall enabled and I didn't have to open any ports.
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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by phd21 » Fri May 18, 2018 1:52 pm

HI JerryF,

Are you contacting the other person using Linphone on the same LAN (local area network) or outside of your dwelling through the Internet (wan)? Do you use also use a VPN connection or not?

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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by Kyowash » Fri May 18, 2018 5:34 pm

JerryF wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:07 pm
Hi again Kyowash,

I installed Linphone on my work computer (Windows 10) and so far, so good. I connected with my partner at home (Linux). Connection is fast and great---sound and video.
Really? I still have problems with the microphone. People still tell me they can't hear my voice and that a windy noise is heard instead.
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Thu May 17, 2018 3:39 pm
There is nothing wrong with having more than one multimedia messenger installed and trying them to see which you like the best and works best for you and the people you communicate with.
Perhaps you are right, so I decided to give a try to Discord as well installing the flatpak. And what I previously said about the amount of resources flatpaks use is wrong. I would like to correct myself: it's not that much. I don't know why I decided to not use them.

Anyway, the microphone issue also applies to Discord... How weird. As this topic was made to suggest Skype alternatives, I'll have to create another topic about this microphone issue.
JerryF wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:23 pm
phd21 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:19 pm
HI JerryF,

Question: Do you have your Linux software firewall enabled and did you have to open certain firewall ports to allow incoming for Linphone to work?
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Linphone_Firewall_Ports.jpg
I have firewall enabled and I didn't have to open any ports.
I didn't have to open any ports neither. I tried it with someone outside my network. No VPN.


All of the alternatives mentioned here are pretty good, so I think this topic can be marked as solved. Once I can make the microphone work, I will try all of them. For now, my favorite one is Linphone. :)
Thank you all for your help! And of course, if you would like to suggest more alternatives to Skype, go ahead with it. I don't think they'll be as horrible as Skype, which I have uninstalled without a doubt, and I encourage you to do so if you're in the same situation.

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Re: Skype alternatives?

Post by JerryF » Fri May 18, 2018 6:15 pm

phd21 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:52 pm
HI JerryF,

Are you contacting the other person using Linphone on the same LAN (local area network) or outside of your dwelling through the Internet (wan)? Do you use also use a VPN connection or not?

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Outside, through the Internet.

No VPN.
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