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Long time no see!

The reasons why I have been silent

I have been silent on my blog during the last two years. There are several reasons to this. I went through a serie of emotionally hard to live events during which I had no time left for Ekiga. I guess it happens to all Free Software authors who are developing during their spare time.

Things are getting better now. I have moved into a new house 2 years ago. I also met Claire a few months after I separated from Jonita and I am finally getting prepared to become a father!

I decided to dedicate some spare time to the Ekiga project again. During the time I was not coding, a few people like Eugen Dedu, Julien Puydt, Yannick Defais, and a few others have made their best to keep the project alive.

A few interviews

Two interviews have been published a while ago.

The first interview has been published by Josette on her Josetteorama blog.
The second interview has been published by Billy Toulas on OSArena. It is available both in English and in Greek.

Ekiga 4.00

Work has started on Ekiga 4.00 a few weeks ago. The release should be ready around March when we have done enough testing.

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new release! V2 released !

Few people know that maintaining Ekiga also means maintaining, the VoIP service platform for our users.

Today, we upgraded, and that’s a lot of work ! is now running Kamailio as frontend (recently renamed to SIP Router due to the merge between Kamailio and the old SIP Express Router project)
and Asterisk 1.4.

Among others, it allows to run the echo test with codecs like H.264, and better SIP presence support.

The old WEB interface has been replaced by a more intuitive one thanks to
Yannick Defais. The look and feel is now similar to the one you can see on the
brother website.

I would also like to thank Jan Schampera who helps me daily maintaining and who helped a lot for the upgrade.

You can enjoy to the new infrastructure daily by signing up for an account at

Ekiga 3.00 aka “The Scheherazade release” available

After 1001 nights of coding, the Ekiga team is proud to present the latest incarnation of Ekiga!

Ekiga 3.00 is available for download at the usual location. More packages will be added later.

I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this release. Ekiga 3.0.0 is a major release in the sense that there are now major contributors without who there would not be so many features : Matthias Schneider, Julien Puydt, Jan Schampera have worked daily on Ekiga. Eugen Dedu has participated with Yannick Defais to the revival of the nightly precompiled snapshots. I would also like to thank Yannick Defais for his work on the WIKI, documentation, testing, …

A complete revamping of and its features is on its way.

Here is a summary of the new features. Only major features are listed here.

Graphical User Interface

  • New user interface with a buddy list
  • Accelerated video display (Unix: XVideo, Windows: DirectDraw)
  • Nice incoming call notifications
  • Easier configuration assistant
  • New quality meter in the status bar
  • Buddy list with extended status information
  • Displays network neighbours in the buddy list
  • Better keyboard shortcuts
  • Automatic account completion in the URL bar
  • New chat window
  • New address book supporting Evolution contacts, LDAP contacts and more
  • New account window allowing easier account creation
  • New call panel


  • H.263+
  • H.264
  • MPEG4
  • Framerate up to 30 FPS
  • Resolutions (up to 704×576) (at best it is DVD quality)
  • Audio and video codecs as plugins
  • Support for Intel IPP codecs

SIP Support

  • SIP/SIMPLE presence support
  • Line monitoring with software like Asterisk
  • Custom presence message support
  • Dynamic detection of network interfaces
  • Register/unregister accounts on interfaces going up and down
  • Better NAT traversal
  • SIP requests originated from a unique port
  • Support for several network interfaces at the same time (e.g. VPN and normal network)
  • Full SIP capabilties exchange for codecs (unique in the Open Source world)
  • SIP INFO DTMF support
  • Possibility to send SMS using the Ekiga Call Out account
  • Many compliance fixes

Hotplug Support

  • Hotplug support for audio and video devices (even when being in a call)
  • Hotplug support for network interfaces

For Developers and Packagers

  • Brand new Ekiga Engine, fully separated from the GUI and reusable in other projects
  • Reworked WIN32 build
  • Better autoconf support for OPAL

Back from GUADEC and RMLL

I am now back from the RMLL and from GUADEC.

Both events were fantastic and the talk about Ekiga 3.00 drew much attention from the audience, with interesting questions and general enthousiasm.

I would like to thank the organizers of both events.

You can find both talks hereunder. The GUADEC talk contains more information about the new Ekiga Engine introduced for Ekiga 3.00 :