[kwlug-disc] Google Hangouts (now?) a Skype killer?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Sep 25 15:31:48 EDT 2013

[THANK YOU KHALID! But no joy - same thing. And this was even with treat 
recommends as required turned off, in aptitude when I tried before.]

Let us know how it goes (Linux / Hangouts) please.

I've only barely poked my finger in Hangouts, once, windows. Not Linux yet.

But I have been playing with quite a number of sip softphones, both 
Linux and Windows, recently. Linux seems to consistently do better than 
Windows, strangely, but all have been rather ... broken.
(And Win XP better than Win 7, even.)

[Strange only in that device wise Windows has often been more solid than 
Linux. Not this time. Software wise it's not strange that Linux does 

On 13-09-25 02:03 PM, CrankyOldBugger wrote:
> I hate Skype for no other reason that the amount of spam I get with it.
>   Everyday there's some hot girl from some country I've never heard of
> begging to be my friend.  I know some of you guys get this in real life all
> the time, but in Skype it's annoying!
> So I welcome a replacement for Skype.
> Installing the Hangout extensions now, thanks for pointing them out.
> On 25 September 2013 13:44, unsolicited<unsolicited at swiz.ca>  wrote:
>> Google talk (xabber) notifications have now been showing up in Hangouts on
>> my Android phone.
>> I see in Chrome (extension and app) that Hangouts can now call landlines.
>> (A for fee service with Skype.)
>> Has Hangouts become a Skype killer?
>> (Have never been able to install Skype on my 64-bit Kubuntu 12.04 LTS - it
>> wants to add a zillion i386 packages / remove a bunch of current ones. I'm
>> hoping my next install, probably SuSe will avoid that. Thus has Google /
>> Chrome / Hangouts become more ubiquitous than Skype?)
>> Does YouTube and Hangouts now overlap? To what extent?
>> Not suggesting it be used for kwlug meetings, but it seems that people are
>> using Hangouts for meetings / presentations, not just video calls.
>> Convergence?
>> (Avoidance of Skype / MS / 3rd party on ChromeBooks?)

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