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GNU Project begins work on totally free Skype alternative

gnu free call skype alternativeThe GNU Project has begun laying the groundwork for another piece of "Free as in Freedom" software. This time, the group has its sights set on developing a Skype alternative which rivals the original in ease of use and functionality.

Dubbed GNU Free Call, the program will rely on a "self-aware, meshed calling network" to deliver secure, anonymous VoIP. The GNU SIP Witch server will provide the back end, which will be extended to communicate with peers and cache routing information.

The aim is to deliver a cross-platform experience, so smartphone clients are in the work as well -- and with this being a GNU project, the open-source Android is a likely target. Other platforms which don't play as well with FSF and GNU licensing probably won't get in on the action.

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