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I'm looking for an open source Skype application that I can use instead of the current beta we have to install.

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Skype uses proprietary protocol and there are no opensource application which can make use of this protocol. However skype is planning to opensource the skype application (protocol will still remain proprietary) however they havent specified a time frame yet.

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There is a skype plugin for pidgin (pidgin-skype). At least this will allow OSS software to use the skype protocol, even if skype itself is not open sourced. – Jonathon Oct 25 '10 at 0:03
This plugin does not work without skype running... – Extender Oct 25 '10 at 2:27
AFAIK the new codec they are going to use (which is part of the protocol) will be open, but OTOH the application and the rest of the protocol won't? – JanC Oct 25 '10 at 7:44
Well, IMHO it won't be open-sourced, now that it's owned by Microsoft. But that's just speculation based on what we've seen come from Redmond so far. – Piskvor May 12 '11 at 9:40

There is no open source Skype application.

But of course there are several alternative VoIP applications that use the standard SIP protocol (including Empathy and Ekiga) which is supported by most VoIP providers (except Skype...).

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The VoIP alternatives are all free/open source software. – omouse Jan 7 '11 at 18:22

There's a new version of Skype available - and it runs quite nicely too:

Yes, this is intended as humor.

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You can use instead of skype

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I can on Ubuntu? – Switchkick Jun 28 '12 at 9:34

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