We have finally chosen a new name. I would like to thank all people who have proposed names, there have been a bit more than 500 propositions. The final choice goes to Ekiga.
When communicating using drums, the sender will identify himself at the start of the transmission with the specific notes corresponding to his personal moto, and those of the other correspondant in order to draw his attention. This technic is also used in another communication language, without drums, called Ekiga, which consists in reproducing the notes, without words, emitting the syllable “ke” in a falsetto voice, and repeating it with the corresponding tones.
The Ekiga was used to communicate quickly when no drums were available.
It sounds a bit like what H.323 and SIP are doing, and it is pretty original. So, watch out, Ekiga 2.00 is around the corner!
I have added several new features to OPAL, the Ekiga underlying library. Among others :
- Several echo cancellation and denoizer fixes
- Speex Wideband support, you can finally hear your correspondant with a 16 kHz sampled voice, for a maximum quality
- New NAT binding refresh technics. Ekiga can now be transparently reachable behind most NAT implementations (including Linux) without any port forwarding. I have discussed with Harald Welte from the Netfilter core team so that the UDP binding time is by default increased for the Linux kernel, allowing Ekiga to refresh the binding less often
- Many other SIP fixes and features…
All the above features have been added to Ekiga. There have been many contributions to the source code lately:
- Some more WIN32 porting, and DBUS implementation and many other things thanks to Julien Puydt
- Several UI fixes and deprecated widgets removed thanks to Jan Schampera
- The avahi patch was kept up to date thanks to Sebastien Estienne
- I largely improved the chat window
- I added sound level monitors in the audio panel
- I removed unused and unuseful settings from the preferences
- I also rewrote parts of the address book so that it works better with our LDAP directory
- There was a major code reorganisation
Among the other noticeable contributions, Luc Saillard fixed the V4L2 plugin, and Cedric Parent worked on SER/OpenLDAP integration. There are now LDAP white pages to find the SIP addresses of other Ekiga users who accept to see their address published. That is how you can find that my SIP address is sip:firstname.lastname@example.org and that you can call me at any time using it.
We plan to publish a BETA release this week or next week, and seeing the increasing number of new signups and happy users is more than encouraging.
GnomeMeeting was the first widely available and used softphone for Linux, 5 years ago, the story will go on with Ekiga.
Fabrice Alphonso created a Frappr community. Feel free to join if you are a GnomeMeeting/Ekiga user.
A few more speakers have been confirmed. Our tracks are already complete, we are just waiting for some more bio’s and interviews. Check regularly the website for news about that big event.