23 Sep 2004 dsandras   » (Master)

Life
I have not blogged since a long time. It seems it has become a regular habit, but I will try to change that. There are many reasons to it, among others too few spare time. I went on holiday with Jonita in July, near Naples (Italy), it was very nice and I enjoyed it much. We are slowly preparing our wedding which will take place next year, and that's a lot of work. Actually, we have been together since 7 years (in one week).

Skype

More and more people talk about Skype. I agree their software is easy when it comes to firewall, but it is using a non-standard protocol and it is proprietary. That's funny to see how people accept to be emprisoned into a proprietary protocol, preventing communication with other software, for a software whose job is to ease communication. I think that's a big problem, especially when you see the quality of protocols like H.323, or SIP.

GnomeMeeting

Preparing things for the 1.2 release which could not be ready in time for the GNOME 2.8 release. That release will have many internal code changes,as I wanted to prepare the way for the future SIP integration. I think the release should be ready in maximum one month if we don't drop ILS yet. After the release, I will invest all my efforts on GnomeMeeting and Opal hacking to get SIP ready and as much usable as H.323 currently is in GnomeMeeting. A few features could be missing though, but I think it could be pretty exciting if GnomeMeeting was the first Open Source software to support the 2 major standard protocols for VoIP, IP telephony and videoconferencing.

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