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 Ekiga.net 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

Codecs

  • H.263+
  • H.264
  • THEORA
  • 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

44 thoughts on “Ekiga 3.00 aka “The Scheherazade release” available

  1. ethana2

    Craig, your bug is a duplicate.

    I added a comment to the first idea, this at least needs to be in backports, and I recommend putting it in main also.

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  2. Dread Knight

    This must make it in at least as backport.. come on!..

    Congrats for the release… really disliked skype on linux and there aren’t many other nice choices for such things on linux.

    Really looking forward to using Ekiga on daily basis from now on ^^

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  3. Trev

    Does 3.0 include IAX support? I know this was in planned for 3.0 but not sure if it made it. Thanks, can’t wait to drop Kiax for Ekiga.

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  4. DrYak

    “Brand new Ekiga Engine, fully separated from the GUI and reusable in other projects”

    Woah ! Someone should get Purpple (Pidgin’s engine fully separated from the GUI), fuse the two together, and create the world’s best communication application ever.

    Someone should also port it to the OpenMoko…

    (And a third someone should kick Skype’s behind).

    PS:
    – Pfff… no hidden eastern egg if I answer “GnomeMeeting” to the spam check.

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  5. Joe

    Is there only a NetBSD version available or are the other versions hiding somewhere. I am following your “usual location” link.

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  6. Miguel

    Hello!,

    First of all, great work. Now, is there any Windows build i can download?, i really need one to work with H.323 videoconferences :( .

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  7. Jorge Peixoto de Morais Neto

    “Brand new Ekiga Engine, fully separated from the GUI”
    Oh, thank you a million times. This is the way software should be written.
    I’m looking forward for it to appear on the backports repository of Ubuntu 8.04.

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  8. Lewis

    Hello,
    I’m relatively new to Linux (Ubuntu). I’m working with a non-profit that is trying to establish good quality video between two locations. This project will benefit the Deaf and Hard of hearing. No one is using Ubuntu, but I’m planning on making the shift in a few months (I’m Running live cd as this is typed.) I have absolutely no idea how to load opera, the other package, and finally Ekiga. I’ve looked and still have no idea what to do with these downloads, I’ve tried install, and some other commands. If someone could help me it would be a great help. Is it possible to use a dns address line to use the add software search? thanks!

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  10. HP

    Hi,

    does anyone know why ekiga.net always gives me a “username does not follow suggested conventions” even though the names I enter should be valid (hphde, hph.de)? I am using FF3 under Linux.

    HP

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  12. Stephen

    I downloaded the Windows version and as soon as I started the installer Symantec antivirus fired up 6 warnings about tamper protection. I think the Windows version has virus contained within. BE WARNED

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  13. Stephen

    Well, this is the messages I got;

    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exe (PID 324) C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exe (PID 324) 15/10/2008 11:51
    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe (PID 1856) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe (PID 1856) 15/10/2008 11:51
    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe (PID 1900) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe (PID 1900) 15/10/2008 11:51
    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe (PID 1924) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe (PID 1924) 15/10/2008 11:51
    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe (PID 516) C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe (PID 516) 15/10/2008 11:51
    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe (PID 1556) C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe (PID 1556) 15/10/2008 11:51
    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe (PID 2568) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe (PID 2568) 15/10/2008 11:51
    PC61LAP Blocked Process Open C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\IO7TE9KK\ekiga-setup-3.0.1beta-7205[1].exe (PID 4100) C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\VPTray.exe (PID 2756) C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\VPTray.exe (PID 2756) 15/10/2008 11:51

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  14. Stephen

    Sorry the formatting isn’t very good but the installer tried to touch most of the symantec executables. Any ideas why??

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  15. Damien Sandras

    No idea… But the build is generated from source files on Linux, without even reaching a Windows system. So I don’t think there is a risk for a virus infection…

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  16. Stephen

    Ok, sorry Damien, I’ve just tried the install on another computer with no affect from on the Symantec antivirus. If you are able to feel free to delete my above comments. Didn’t mean to destroy your hard work.. seems like you’ve put a lot of effort in to the application.

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  17. Damien Sandras

    Don’t worry, it is better that it is not a problem, than being a real problem…

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  18. dave

    it seems to me that the way ekiga sets up right now should be the Uber Advanced mode.

    Users need to be able to say – “oooh, look I can make calls on the pc!” – install ekiga, load it up and then….

    ekiga automatically does all the network stuff that I as a user shouldn’t need to think about…..

    ekiga automatically sorts me out an account (sip? – what’s that? – I shouldn’t need to know about that.) and if I want to change it I can later.

    Bingo – I’m on.

    Until ekiga works this easily, with little or no setup then it’s not going to get the worldwide appeal it should.

    That said, great work and keep working towards it :)

    Kind Regards

    Dave Rich

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  19. BH

    Nice work! :-)

    To keep you guys busy ;-), here are some improvement-suggestions that came to my mind while trying out Version 3:

    .) Suggestion 1:
    A user getting in touch with the Configuration-Assistant of Ekiga for the first time might easily think that having an ekiga.net-Account is compulsory (as most other IM- and VoIP-clients also require an account from the manufacturer itself). OK, the “I don’t want to sign up at ekiga.net”-option is there, but it can be overlooked easily or cause confusion. IMHO, instead of confronting the user directly with the dialog for entering the account-details for ekiga.net, you should put another dialog before that step, containing 3 radiobuttons. Something like this for example:

    =====
    In order to use Ekiga, you need at least one SIP- or H.323-account at a provider of your choice. The Ekiga development-team offers free SIP-accounts with their service ‘ekiga.net’, a convenient way for you if you don’t have any such VoIP-accounts yet. However, having an ekiga.net-Account is not compulsory at all – you can use any other provider in Ekiga without any limitations.
    What do you want to do now?

    ( ) I want to sign up for an ekiga.net-Account. / I want to use an already existing ekiga.net-account.

    ( ) I want to use a provider other than ekiga.net.

    ( ) I don’t want to enter any account-information now. I will do this later.

    You can use more than one account with Ekiga at the same time. To add additional accounts, go to ‘Edit’ >> ‘Accounts’ in the Ekiga main-window after finishing this assistant.
    =====

    Depending on the choice of the user, the appropriate assistant-page will be shown to him when he clicks ‘Next’. In case of the third option, this would be the ‘Connection Type’-page. For the ekiga.net-page, I suggest merging the ‘ekiga.net Account’-page and the ‘Ekiga Call Out Account’-page together. The two input-fields for ekiga.net (username, password) and the two fields for Ekiga Call Out (ID, PIN) should be separated by a checkbox “I additionally want to use an Ekiga Call Out Account”, which, when checked, activates the fields for ID and PIN.

    .) Suggestion 2:
    Add a scheduler in the account-manager which registers/unregisters accounts based on a user-given timetable.
    Practical example: A person using Ekiga at the home-office might want to be available on the “private”-line all the time, but on the “business”-line only during business-hours. Ekiga should do this automatically.

    (Probably) more to come in the future. ;-)
    Ekiga is a great thing. Keep working on it!

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  21. stefan

    Hi, we used ekiga 2.x.x between two NATs here and it worked just flawlessly. After upgrading to 3.0 (ubuntu snapshot) it doesn’t come through one of the NATs anymore… Any ideas, hints what to check? (if I can’t resolve that, the other party may get the idea of switching back to skype again…)

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  23. carlos

    hi, i had the same problem as stefan, after upgrade to 3.0 it doesn’t come through the NATs anymore… message “Enable_port_forwarding_manually ” to complicated.
    now i’m using openwengo till I can solve this… any idea?
    tanks

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  24. Dave UK

    If using the terrible BTHomeHub wireless router and PCLinuxOS and despite having correct port forwarding are unable to use ekiga, eg: you hear a ring but nothing else and the config wizz says symmetrical NAT when it should truly be saying be coned after all that, set NAT Traversal method to NONE and disable H245 tunneling and early H245.

    You may also need to create a rule specifically for port 5060 despite it being open in the general 5001 – 5100 ruleset. This seems to be a quirk of the BTHomeHub and it may act up if you don’t. I have done this on numerous systems now and they work flawlessly.

    This simple and obvious fix to a common major hassle is not mentioned in the official Wiki in any way.

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  25. Simon UK

    Hi – Thanks for all the hard work.

    I have one question though. I use a Sipura phone at home and used to dial a six digit number to call other Ekiga.net users.

    I can’t find this number in the address book anymore. Is this functionality discontinued?

    I hope not because it makes using my hard phone awkward.

    S

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  26. John

    Ekiga rocks! recently added it to my mediacenter and now using it from the livingroom on the big flatscreen. The image quality is super good. Its almost like people are there in your living room.

    So thanks for the excellent software that helps me to see my friends and parents more often.

    Cheers, John

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  27. sebastian

    Hi folks,

    thx for the recent work of ekiga 2!
    After updating to ubuntu 9.04 nothing works with ekiga.
    – no working Accounts
    – no Numbers in Adressbook of any kontact
    – no Logs
    – Segmentation Faults on trying calls

    :-(

    The new user interface (which is needed by who???) helps nothing, if basic functions doesn’t work!

    If it’s not your turn, sorry! Perhaps ubuntu-bugs …!?

    So long my first impressions …

    Regards,
    Sebastian.

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  28. Dymaxion

    Ekiga is a great piece of software, however it’s currently too complicated for my mum (who needs a really simple softphone on FC10 – I removed windows due to neverending remote support issues!)

    1) Dialling a numeric phone number and ClickingCall/Enter should default to uri sip:xxxxxxxx@my.default.and.only.sip.provider
    She find’s it very confusing to have to click or type the extra @sip.provider.com everytime she needs to make a call.

    2) If address book was available on the main screen as another tab. Having to Click Menu->Chat->Address Book everytime again really confuses her.

    I’m now trying out linphone (xlite won’t install on FC10 required ld-linux problem) and searching for a really simple softphone.

    Presume there’s no way I can do the 2 things above in Ekiga 3.0.2. Thanks

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  29. sebastian

    Hi Damien,

    some of them are known Bugs (but it took me some time to find them in the internet/bug-lists).
    1. no working Accounts:
    – is this Bug – caused by trying to register on german sip-provider “1und1″: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ekiga/+bug/362891 -> not solved in ubuntu so far

    2. no Numbers in Adressbook of any kontact
    – no solution so far. i created a new adress-book.
    – good is the possibility of named binds to a ldap-server!
    -> bad is, that you first have to import the contacts instead of using them directly from ldap

    3. no Logs
    – solved: there is a commandline-switch – but no log in ui as before in version 2

    4. Segmentation Faults on trying calls
    – (solved): there was an ubuntu-update of ekiga for this issue – but i didn’t try it since now

    I am lucky that i found ekiga version 2 on my other computer, so that i can use this excellent version until version 3 is usable for me (aka people with adress-book an a buggy (?) sip-provider)…

    Kind regards,
    Sebastian.

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  30. Ricky

    Hello!,

    First of all, great work.
    If using the terrible BTHomeHub wireless router and PC Linux OS and despite having correct port forwarding are unable to use access.

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