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Skype Open Source "in the nearest future" (ofaurax.free.fr)
68 points by madars on Nov 1, 2009 | hide | past | favorite | 13 comments

Looks like the skype client for linux might become open source. Though I could see them keeping a closed-source API library and just having the UI be open source.

It would definitely be a step up. One of the most annoying things about Skype for Linux used to be audio problems (especially with pulseaudio when it was new). There still are issues I have with it (sometimes audio will 'die' either audio-in or audio-out requiring a restart of Skype to get it working again) though to a lesser extent.

If they could separate out the business logic (communicating with the network, using proprietary protocals, etc) from the interface logic (UI, access to local audio-in/out, access to local video-in/out) it would be a major boon. Though open-sourcing the whole thing might be nice, it could have unexpected consequences (easier to filter Skype with DPI, allow NSA/CIA/etc to tap calls, etc).

Open-sourcing the whole thing should make it harder for the NSA to tap calls. (Or at least to decrypt what they intercept.)

I don't know how reliable it is, but I've heard that the reason that the NSA can't tap Skype calls is because the protocol/keys/whatever is changed behind the scenes every-so-often.

Good read. Skype is a scary application -- but then, running anyone's code on your computer is making a big leap of faith.

eBay/Skype doesn't even have the source to the communication library -- Joltid does.

The value in this would be that we essentially get a published interface to that library.

There are a few companies that do a VoIP -> Skype bridge by scripting the Linux client. In line with your comment an open source client would make that kind of hack more reliable.

I wonder how serious this is. The guy got an email from someone in the support department, so how reliable is that info?

It would be a really good move though. For Skype on all platforms.

not serious. if the courts can't even decide who owns the IP, I doubt the source is going to be free any time soon.

Between the lawsuits and everything else: I'll believe it when I see it.

Awesome, now we can finally get proper support for Skype in FreeSWITCH and Asterisk. Everything up to this point (with the exception of the closed-source Asterisk beta) has been a hack.

Maybe Marc Andreessen's influence?

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