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Revision as of 09:43, 14 January 2011

Please, report any error or comments using the Ekiga users mailling list or join us on IRC : irc.gnome.org/6667 channel #ekiga

Emblem-important.png Install Ekiga for GNU/Linux and other Unixes and Windows

Contents

Softphones (VoIP)

48-Tux.png Linux

  • Green: Works gracefully with Ekiga version 2 and 3
  • Orange: Need Ekiga version 3* OR require third party software OR don't work as expected
Linux softphones compatible with Ekiga
Software name Free Software Protocol Internet-group-chat.png Text messages

(protocols)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Audio

(codecs)

Camera-video.png Video

(codecs)

Privacy

(protocol)

Presence

(protocol)

Ekiga 3 Yes SIP, H323 Internet-group-chat.png Yes

(SIMPLE)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(Speex narrow&wide band, G.711A/U aka PCMA/PCMU, iLBC, GSM and G.726 16 24 32 or 40 kbps)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.261, H.263*, H.263+, MPEG 4 Part 2, H.264, theora)

No (ZRTP planned) Yes

(SIP SIMPLE)

Linphone 1.5 Yes SIP Internet-group-chat.png Yes

(SIMPLE)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(Speex narrow&wide band, G.711U/A, iLBC, and GSM)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.263+, MPEG 4 Part 2 and theora

No (SIP SIMPLE)
Wengophone 2.1 Yes SIP Yes

(SIP SIMPLE, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Jabber and Google Talk)

(Wengophone is somewhat flooding Ekiga chat window with some non-standard MESSAGE in SIP and add HTML to the text)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711, iLBC, Speex and GSM)

No

(non-standard H.263)

No Yes*

(SIP SIMPLE)

Twinkle 1.0 Yes SIP No Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711A/U, iLBC, GSM and G.726 16, 24, 32 or 40 kbps. Speex narrow&wide band don't work properly)

No No (ZRTP/SRTP) No
Gizmo No SIP No
Pidgin or other third party software.

(Jabber)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, iLBC and GSM)

No No No

(Jabber)

X-Lite 2 No SIP ? Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, iLBC, Speex, GSM)

No No No
Pidgin 2.1.0 (ex-Gaim) Yes SIP Internet-group-chat.png Yes

You must disable composing feature:
Tools → Preferences
→ Conversations → Notify buddies that you are typing to them

(SIP SIMPLE)

No No Yes* On the Pidgin side, you'll only know if Ekiga is online or offline.

(SIP SIMPLE)

telepathy-sofiasip (Empathy 0.23.1) Yes SIP Internet-group-chat.png Yes (with ekiga 3) Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes (speex was tested one way: empathy->ekiga 2.9, and PCMA both way empathy<->ekiga 2.9) Camera-video.png Yes

(H.263+)

No No
* Ekiga version 3 only.  Then you may install the h263 plugin.

Apple-logo.png Mac OS

  • Green: Works gracefully with Ekiga version 2
  • Orange: Need Ekiga version 3* OR require third party software OR don't work as expected
Mac OS softphones compatible with Ekiga
Software name Free Software Protocol Internet-group-chat.png Text messages

(protocols)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Audio

(codecs)

Camera-video.png Video

(codecs)

Privacy Presence

(protocol)

Telephone Yes SIP ? Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, speex, iLBC, GSM)

No ? ?
XMeeting Yes SIP, H323 No Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.261, H.263*, H.263+ (being implemented for SIP), H.264 (being implemented for SIP)

No No
X-Lite 3.0 No SIP Unknown

(SIP SIMPLE)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, iLBC and GSM)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.263*, H.263+)

No

(SIP SIMPLE)

Wengophone 2.1 Yes SIP Yes

(SIP SIMPLE, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Jabber and Google Talk)

(Wengophone is somewhat flooding Ekiga chat window with some non-standard MESSAGE in SIP to tell stuff like "has changed his icon", "is typing", ... and add HTML to the text like "<font color="#000000"><font face="Helvetica">Hello</font></font>")

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711, iLBC and Speex)

No

(non-standard H.263)

No Yes*

(SIP SIMPLE)

Gizmo No SIP Pidgin or other third party software.

(Jabber)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, iLBC, GSM)

No No No

(Jabber)

Blink (as of v0.22.2) Yes SIP MSRP Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, G.722, speex, iLBC, GSM)

No ? ?
SIP communicator Yes SIP SIMPLE Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, speex)

H.263 ? JPEG ? ? ?
* Ekiga version 3 only.  Then you may install the h263 plugin.

Windows.png Windows

Windows softphones compatible with Ekiga
Software name Free Software Protocol Internet-group-chat.png Text messages

(protocols)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Audio

(codecs)

Camera-video.png Video

(codecs)

Privacy Presence

(protocol)

Ekiga 3 Yes SIP, H323 Internet-group-chat.png Yes

(SIMPLE)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(Speex narrow&wide band, G.711A/U aka PCMA/PCMU, iLBC, GSM, LPC10 and G.726 16 24 32 or 40 kbps)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.261, H.263*, H.263+, MPEG 4 Part 2, H.264, theora)

No (SRTP/ZRTP planned) Yes

(SIP/SIMPLE)

Windows Messenger 5.1
(Messenger is not MSN) Tutorial for configuration
No SIP Internet-group-chat.png Yes Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711 and GSM6.10)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.261, H.263*)

No Unknow (See MS Website)
X-Lite 3.0
Download Latest 3.0
No SIP No Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(Speex narrow&wide band, G.711U/A, iLBC and GSM)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.263*, H.263+)

No

(SIP SIMPLE)

eyeBeam 1.5.7 No SIP No Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(Speex narrow&wide band, G.711U/A, iLBC and GSM)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.263*, H.263+, H.264)

No
Signaling: TLS
Media:ZRTP/SRTP

(SIP SIMPLE)

Kapanga No SIP Unknow

(SIP SIMPLE)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711, iLBC, Speex, GSM, G.726)

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.263*, H.263+, theora(need testing), MPEG 1/2, MPEG 4 Part 2*(need testing), H.264*(need testing)

No
Signaling: TLS
Media: ? /SRTP

(SIP SIMPLE)

Netmeeting No H323 No Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

Install Speex 8000 bps or GSM codec first.

Camera-video.png Yes

(H.261)

No
Wengophone 2.1 Yes SIP Yes

(SIP SIMPLE, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Jabber and Google Talk)

(Wengophone is somewhat flooding Ekiga chat window with some non-standard MESSAGE in SIP to tell stuff like "has changed his icon", "is typing", ... and add HTML to the text like "<font color="#000000"><font face="Helvetica">Hello</font></font>")

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711, iLBC and Speex)

No

(non-standard H.263)

No Yes*

(SIP SIMPLE)

Gizmo No SIP Pidgin or other third party software.

(Jabber)

Phone-pick-up-22.png Yes

(G.711U/A, iLBC, GSM)

No (Non Standard Video) No No

(Jabber)

Pidgin 2.1.0 (ex-Gaim) Yes SIP Internet-group-chat.png Yes

You must disable composing feature:
Tools → Preferences
→ Conversations → Notify buddies that you are typing to them

(SIP SIMPLE)

No No Yes* On the Pidgin side, you'll only know if Ekiga is online or offline.

(SIP SIMPLE)

PacPhone No H323 Unknow Unknow (G.711,iLBC,GSM,Speex,LPC-10) Unknow (H.261,H.263, H264)
Express Talk Basic No SIP No Unknow (GSM, uLaw, ALaw, PCM and G726)

Record, Conference

No No (has support...) No
IBM Lotus Sametime No SIP Unknow Unknow (Audio codec: G.711 or G.723) Unknow (Video codec H.263+) No
SSL/TLS
Unknow (SIMPLE)
Microsoft Office Communicator No SIP No, incompatible Unknow
RTAudio, G.711
Unknow No
SRTP
Unknow
Viable Vvision ? ? ? Unknow Unknow ? Unknow
* Ekiga version 3 only.  Then you may install the h263 plugin.

PBX (telephony platform)

Asterisk-logo.png Asterisk

"Applications such as voicemail, hosted conferencing, call queuing and agents, music on hold, and call parking are all standard features built right into the software." Asterisk: The Future of Telephony

If you want to use your Ekiga as a client to Asterisk, see this page: Ekiga as an Asterisk client

Another note (Connecting Asterisk to ekiga.net) tells how to set Asterisk up so that you can call - and receive calls from - your friends on ekiga.net.

FIXME: More documentation.

CallWeaver

CallWeaver (ex-OpenPBX) is a fork of Asterisk. It has "built-in STUN support for SIP NAT traversal", "full T.38 fax over IP support".

http://callweaver.org

FreeSWITCH

FIXME : test and document... http://www.freeswitch.org/

Service discovery

Avahi.png Avahi (Plug'n Play)

Avahi is a system which facilitates service discovery on a local network. This means that you can plug your laptop or computer into a network and instantly be able to view other people who you can chat with, find printers to print to or find files being shared.

How to reach contacts on a LAN with Avahi ?

Which programs don't work with Ekiga ?

Skype, MSN, Google talk

  • Ekiga is not compatible with Skype or MSN and will never be compatible for direct phone calls as long as their protocols stay proprietary. We do not think using closed protocols for communications is a good thing.

Can I connect to a SIP server with Skype?

In short: no.

Ekiga users and Skype users can communicate by calling each other over the regular phone network. Skype has a service called "SkypeOut" which allows users to call the public switched telephone network or PSTN. Skype also has a "SkypeIn" service that provides their users with a regular phone number. As Ekiga can also connect to the regular phone network when you use one of the right providers, Skype and Ekiga users can talk each other, but it will cost.

FAX

Ekiga can't deal with fax ([T.38]). You may try OpenPBX.

Web

Web Button

We implemented a small script displaying the status information on Ekiga.net.

In order to use it, simply add this to your web page:

<script src=”http://www.ekiga.net/status/presence.php?user=YOUR_ID_ON_EKIGA.NET”></script>

where YOUR_ID_ON_EKIGA.NET is simply your username.

You can be either online:

Call-me.png

Or Offline:

Offline button.png

If you click on the button while the user is online, it should ask Ekiga to call the correct SIP address. This has been tested with Firefox, and it works well.

Vinicius Depizzol designed the button (reusing well-known GNOME icons).

Click-to-dial Addon (GNU/Linux)

Without the addon
With the addon
  • This GNU/Linux addon will turn any phone number in a web page into a clickable link.
  • Ekiga will be used to place the call.

Unfortunately, most "real" phone numbers are not given in the standard, international form. This addon use a simple form to configure countrycodes and stuff.

The scripts are available as rpm and tar.gz packages at ftp://mumin.dnsalias.net/pub/ekiga-callto/ .

The README covers how to use the addon.

If anyone think it's worth the effort, please consider providing new localisations. Just grab the po/en_GB.po file, fill in the 12 lines and upload them to ftp://mumin.dnsalias.net/pub/upload.

This addon is written using python and javascript.

Further discussion about phone format API.

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