Re: [Ekiga-devel-list] Ekiga future plans

On 25/07/11 15:41, Alicja Ciemniewska wrote:
Dear Ekiga team,

You are welcome!

I am working at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC, <> ), which is a research institute and a
centre which operates the Metropolitan Area Network and a national network.

In the national project PLATON
( ) we are working on
building an ICT infrastructure for science in Poland. Among different
services in this platform, video-conference services play an important
role. The infrastructure includes two control centres and 22
videoconferencing rooms with HD conferencing equipment. Additionally, to
give more options and flexibility for using the infrastructure, it
should allow its usage with other applications as well. As I am
personally involved in Open Source QualiPSo Competence Centre
(, we want to suggest one option based on open source

For this purpose, we consider using and promoting the Ekiga software, as
one of the alternatives. I think you are doing great job on the software!
We have already performed some interoperability tests, and the Linux
version works well with the infrastructure (90% of our test cases have
passed). However, we had some issues with hardware compatibility and
stability on Windows (we faced issues with video output - bug: 626515,
un-registering -- bug: 622001, or unexpected crashing). Assuming many of
the PLATON users may use Windows, this is an important point for us.

Bug 626515 is difficult. The bug 622001 should be easy to fix. Crashes could be fixed, as stack backtrace on Windows is easy to obtain.

Thus, to get more understanding on Ekiga development status we have some

1) What are your plans regarding support for Windows? Is there any
person working on this?

Looking of bug we receive, Windows port is almost like GNU/Linux "port". 2-3 ,ajor bugs are specific to Windows, to my knowledge: the one you precised, and the fact that Neighbours does not work on Windows.

Windows executables are released almost in the same time as linux. For ex., 3.3.1 windows was released one week after linux.

2) Do you plan to go in the direction of High Definition video? What
should be done to enable this?

Unfortunately, the person who worked in video stopped working. To my knowledge, there is some work already done in ptlib/opal (ekiga companion libraries), and some patches were posted 1-2 years ago on ekiga list. If someone has a bit of time to support HD, it would be useful.

3) Who is currently working on the Ekiga development? Do you collaborate
with some university or company that uses and supports your software?

This is our weak point... You can look yourself at for who is working. There is currently no university/company involved, except ptlib/opal libraries which are actively developed by their team.

I will be really thankful for your answer and support.

We would be very glad if ekiga is used in your context, and grateful if you could contribute a bit!

Eugen Dedu

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