In an earlier blog post I mentioned I was using Twinkle as a softphone client for my VOIP service from Galaxyvoice (GV). As I also mentioned in this entry I’ve now switched my netbook over to a Debian Linux. I’d not yet got around to (re-)installing a VOIP client on the renewed EeePC. So when I saw that GV was now recommending something called Linphone, which seemed to be very cross-platform (Win, Lin, Mac, Android, etc.), I decided to check it out.
Turns out Linphone is available in the Debian repository, so it was a trivial task to install via Synaptic. As GV recommended Linphone, they also provided account settings info. – so about 3 minutes later, I was making my first call from the netbook – worked great!
I’ve not yet tried out the video calling, but the camera preview looks smooth and lag-free so I expect it will be great as well.
I recommend you check out Linphone!
Finally found a reasonably up to date SIP client/VOIP softphone that will work directly under Ubuntu 9.04 on the EeePC:
Tried many, many alternatives without success (most commercial clients that are otherwise available for Windows or Mac have not been updated for Linux for years, and the GPL/open ones are not so much better). This one pretty much worked straight out of the “apt-get”/Synaptic box for me. A little playing with settings to figure out the right places to put in my Galaxyvoice account info and I was off. Phew, another task checked off.
BTW, I really like Galaxyvoice. They’ve provided my home phone service for several years now. Much better call quality than Vonage in my experience. Billing is weird — the on-line account records never match what my CC gets charged… but since it is never more than $10 in a given month at my usage level, I don’t care. Sometimes it is as low as $2! Really, $2 to make and receive phone calls for a month – and they have a profitable ongoing business. And real people in Massachusetts take my calls for service. You have an alternative…