Three months separated the beta from the final 4.0 release for the popular open source Voice over IP softphone Ekiga, and it seems that everything is finally “at your service”.
The new major version that came out yesterday brings major improvements in the support of relative technologies, better functionality, increased stability and a major redesign of many UI elements.
Here is a list of the most important changes since version 3.2.7:
- Major overhaul of the main window
- Use gnome icons instead of ekiga’s own
- Re-add back H264 and H263+ video plugins
- New pulse audio plugin (in ptlib)
- New audio codecs: SILK (used by skype), G.722.1 (aka Siren 7), G.722.2 (aka GSM-AMR Wide band)
- Fix H.323 gatekeeper support
- Call auto-answer
- Support for handling multiple video streams (H.239)
- Use spinner effect during ringing on the other party
- Unregister accounts when quitting
- Set presence to offline upon quitting
- Faster startup by not getting canonical name of servers
- Fixes for Contact field during registration:
- Use two additional compatibility mode for some bogus registrars
- Fix order of items in Contact field
- Add tooltips to various windows and dialog boxes
- Adjust defaults (show offline users, use picture-in-picture)
- Jabber/XMPP and GStreamer fixes
- [windows] Support mingw-w64 and its own headers for building
Ekiga 4 during a call
Ekiga is the best open source alternative to Skype, offering GNOME coherence, free audio and video calls, HD sound and DVD quality video, wide interoperability and so much more…
Currently, you won’t find a precompiled package for your distribution so your only choice is to download and compile Ekiga from source (note that you will also have to download and compile some other “latest” libraries). If you are not into the adventure, you should wait for your distribution to upgrade Ekiga in a few days or weeks.
Ekiga in GNOME Git
Eugen Dedu created a new branch:
I created a new branch for Ekiga 4.0.x and the tag EKIGA_4_0_0 for this release. Unfortunately, the recent history showed that we cannot keep up with gnome releases, so we called the new branch v4_0.
The branch is in string freeze
Ekiga Git @ http://git.gnome.org/browse/ekiga/