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Ekiga 4.0 Offers A Fresh, Open Source Skype Alternative

December 6, 2012 | Telepresence Options

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Longtime users of Ubuntu Linux may already be familiar with open source Ekiga, which used to be the default Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) client in that popular Linux distribution, but late last month the telephony software got a major update.

Arriving some three years after the previous release, Ekiga 4.0--also known as "The Victory Release"--is now available, offering a fresh new Skype alternative for users of Linux and Windows alike.

"This is a major release with many major improvements," wrote the software's developers in the announcement last week on the project site.

Here's a rundown of some of the highlights.

A brand-new interface

At the top of the list of the changes in Ekiga 4.0 is a "completely new" user interface, the developers say, featuring an improved roster, a separate call window, and improved chat and accounts windows. The screenshot above offers a taste of the new GUI.

Ekiga 4.0 also offers faster startup than its predecessor did, and the software's GNOME 3 integration has been improved with better notifications and removal of the tray icon.

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