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PhoneGaim is a free software VoIP system based on the Gaim instant messaging software and the SIP protocol, using (only) the SIPphone service. It is available under the GNU General Public License and sponsored by Linspire. Free software, as defined by the Free Software Foundation, is software which can be used, copied, studied, modified and redistributed without restriction. ... IP Telephony, also called Internet telephony, is the technology that makes it possible to have a telephone conversation over the Internet or a dedicated Internet Protocol (IP) network instead of dedicated voice transmission lines. ... Buddylist of Gaim 1. ... Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a protocol developed by the IETF MMUSIC Working Group and proposed standard for initiating, modifying, and terminating an interactive user session that involves multimedia elements such as video, voice, instant messaging, online games, and virtual reality. ... SIPphone is a Voice over IP telephone and a telephone directory managing the phone numbers. ... The GNU logo The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or simply GPL) is probably the most popular free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU project. ... Linspire, previously known as LindowsOS (also Lin---s, pronounced as Lindash), is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian. ...


Some controversy exists over the perceived difficulty faced by non-Linspire users who wish to install PhoneGaim on their Linux system.


It also must be mentioned that Linspire has released another multiplatform proprietary SIP client called Gizmo Project to more directly compete with Skype. Gizmo Project is a peer-to-peer internet telephony (VoIP) network founded by Michael Robertson. ... Skype (IPA pronunciation: /skaɪp/, rhymes with type) is a proprietary peer-to-peer Internet telephony (VoIP) network, founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the creators of KaZaA and competing against established open VoIP protocols like SIP or H.323. ...


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