[CLUG-chat] Intro into programming.

Stephan February clug at adeptiva.com
Thu Aug 3 11:17:23 SAST 2006

Andre Truter wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-08-03 at 16:35 +0800, Stephan February wrote:
>> Not true. Using Skype creates *huge* momentum for a proprietary platform 
>> that gets *everyone* locked-in in the long run. Skype is as harmless to 
>> VOIP as Windows was as an OS.
>> Why not use OpenWengo instead of Skype ?
> I know this is splitting hair, but I do see a difference.
> You can use skype and then switch over to OpenWengo.  Nothing prevents
> you from doing that.
> You can convince all your buddies to also switch.  THere is nothing
> tangible that prevents you.

This is simply not true. In my case, my "buddies" are customers who pay 
me for Linux server support, and who have switched to Skype for all 
their roaming users. Two weeks ago this client of mine started putting 
pressure on me to start using Skype so that their roaming users can stay 
in touch. I would pay good money for a closed-source Asterisk-to-Skype 
bridge that will run on my office's Asterisk setup, allowing me to forgo 
Skype on the desktop altogether. Alas, I'm now running Skype on my 
desktop at my client's request.

With communications software like Skype there is the often-ignored 
network-effect. I don't just have to convince my "buddies" to switch 
from Skype, but also my buddies' buddies... etc. etc.

As I said before, I don't have illusions as to the non-free nature of 
Java, but neither am I ignorant of how equally dangerous software like 
Skype is. I only take exception to the double standard of pushing one 
vs. bashing the other on the list.


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