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What the f&*k’s up with IM Video on Linux

I mean how difficult can it be?

  • Skype: It’s the best I’ve found so far, but it still sucks dried donkey turds. Aside from minor annoyances like having to run the static build coz the buttons keep disappearing otherwise, random crashes for no apparent reason, dropped calls every time it tries to switch to TCP (helloooooo? TCP for realtime video is a terrible idea!) and generally bombing out for an indefinite period after about 10 minutes of conversation … where was I? … oh yes: Well skype is evil, isn’t it? Proprietary, closed-source, linux-is-an-afterthought and all that. Bah.
  • Pidgin: Well the great god ubuntu gives it his stamp of approval. But, well, did they forget to put in audio/video? Oh wait, a little googling tells me that they don’t actually care about audio/video conferencing. They may implement it, some day. But that day isn’t now.
  • Kopete: Aside from being ugly, and coming with a shedload of kde stuff I don’t want; video is limited to MSN and Yahoo. Hmm … well that’s useful eh? Don’t know (or more correctly, wish to speak to) anyone who uses either.
  • Ekiga: An hour or so tweaking around with an asterisk server to set up video, and twenty minutes convincing the other end of the call (a windows user) that they wish to install Ekiga, led to a 2 minute call with terrible video and no audio, and downed internet connections on both ends for about 20 minutes afterwards (I’m guessing that ekiga was trying to send video info so fast that it just stacked up at both routers, and killed everything else). This one nearly cost me a divorce.
  • Wengo: Signup on their site is broken – no problem I says, I’ll use asterisk again. Turns out their implementation of H263 is non-standard and doesn’t work with asterisk. Great.

Is that it? Are my options exhausted? I think so.

So for now it’s suffer skype, or run windows in a vm.

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