[maemo-users] [Fwd: Re: Fwd: Skype on N800]

From: DZ oculus at mail.ru
Date: Thu Aug 30 00:36:52 EEST 2007
Thanks for information! This is very interesting and useful.

BTW, I don't want to consider Skype wants to extract some sensitive  
information for malicious purposes but its obfuscated & closed code and  
protocol decrease trust to it down to zero level :-)

On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 23:42:23 +0400, Ryan Pavlik <abiryan at ryand.net> wrote:

> The RTCOMM software in development adds SIP support to the built-in  
> software set, and so can be used as a skype replacement.  GizmoProject  
> has also been used as a closed-source but open-protocol voice client.
> (See planet.gnome.org for information on why that slashdot article is  
> probably overblown, btw)
> Ryan
> DZ wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Have anybody tried to compile Wengo Phone for N800?
>> Skype is very contradictive to linux tablet spirit
>> - this software uses proprietary closed and encrypted protocol (closed   
>> also means weak);
>> - written using obfuscation in software (decryption and checks also  
>> uses  additional n800 power and resources)   
>> http://www.secdev.org/conf/skype_BHEU06.pdf   
>> (http://www.xakep.ru/post/38543/default.asp);
>> - according to latest reports reads sensitive user information and  
>> nobody  knows why (because software is closed source and obfuscated)  
>> and how it  can be used by crackers   
>> (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/08/26/1312256&from=rss).
>> So, Wengo is viable alternative to the Skype.
>> Thanks,
>> Denis
>> On Wed, 04 Jul 2007 12:24:45 +0400, Alan Williamson  
>> <alan at blog-city.com>  wrote:
>>> Sorry replied to the individual not the list -- man do i hate that
>>> "feature" of the list (and yes for the record, i completely disagree
>>> with every point made by that link that attempts to justify it) :)
>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> Subject: Re: Fwd: Skype on N800
>>> Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2007 09:23:31 +0100
>>> From: Alan Williamson <alan at blog-city.com>
>>> Reply-To: alan at blog-city.com
>>> Organization: Blog-City Ltd
>>> To: James Sparenberg <james at linuxrebel.org>
>>>> The last point above has value in light of a recent development.  I   
>>>> could
>>>> point to 2 things 1.  the shear hype surround the iPhone.  and  
>>>> second  the
>>>> expert surfing done by the RAZR team managing to release a new  
>>>> "color"  or
>>>> other change every time  sales began to slow.
>>> I agree -- the hype around the iPhone has been interesting to watch.
>>> Especially as they address the awful onscreen keyboard usage which  
>>> seems
>>> to be getting people in a bit of a tizz.
>>> If you look at the video on the Apple site; they have everything the
>>> N800 has, except for one rather cool little feature.  But that is
>>> something i am sure nokia could easily add in with a next release
>>> (predicts which key you are going to press next and makes that box   
>>> bigger).
>>> Nokia -- get thy head out of the sand and take a leaf out of that Jobs
>>> boy book -- either start hyping up your cool stuff, or give US THE  
>>> and we'll do it for you!

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