Re: [Ekiga-list] Ekiga test today

On Thu, 21 Feb 2013, Eugen Dedu wrote:

Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:35:52
From: Eugen Dedu <Eugen Dedu pu-pm univ-fcomte fr>
Reply-To: Ekiga mailing list <ekiga-list gnome org>
To: Ekiga mailing list <ekiga-list gnome org>
Subject: Re: [Ekiga-list] Ekiga test today

On 17/02/13 06:31, Bret Busby wrote:
Anyway, the latest version of Ekiga that shows in the Debian package
repository, for Debian 6, is the Ekiga v 3.2.7-2, that I mentioned above
as being installed on this computer, which is running Debian 6.0.x
amd64, on an Intel I3 CPU.

I suggest you to install ekiga frome experimental (, if you know how to do that, or otherwise wait for 1-2 months until it appears in unstable.



This probably appears "long-winded", but, please read all of it, to understand it.

Greg and I today (23 February) had multiple unsuccessful attempts to try to connect using Ekiga.

All kinds of things were going wrong, and, for all of the call attempts, whilst (mostly) calls were showing as being connected, we could not either hear or see each other, and, for my part, in the video window, all I would see, would be a still image of me.

The only thing that we could get working, was the Chat window, but, that often showed me as offline or unavailable, when I was online and available.

Greg, from what I understand, started collecting images and making a record of what was occurring.

However, we are both running Ekiga 3.2.x for Linux.

The latest available version, is apparently, 4.0.1.

Thw web page at (showing results for searchin for Ekiga packages for all versions of Debian, shows

Exact hits
Package ekiga
squeeze (stable) (gnome): H.323 and SIP compatible VoIP client
3.2.7-2: amd64 armel i386 ia64 mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
wheezy (testing) (gnome): H.323 and SIP compatible VoIP client
3.2.7-5+b1: amd64 armel armhf i386 ia64 kfreebsd-amd64 kfreebsd-i386 mips mipsel powerpc s390 s390x sparc
sid (unstable) (gnome): H.323 and SIP compatible VoIP client
3.2.7-5+b1: alpha amd64 armel armhf i386 ia64 kfreebsd-amd64 kfreebsd-i386 mips mipsel powerpc s390 s390x sparc
3.2.7-5 [debports]: sh4 sparc64
3.2.7-2+b1: hppa
2.0.11-2 [debports]: m68k
experimental (rc-buggy) (gnome): H.323 and SIP compatible VoIP client
4.0.0-1: amd64 armel armhf i386 ia64 kfreebsd-amd64 kfreebsd-i386 mips mipsel powerpc s390 s390x sparc

At is

Ekiga 4.0.1 [STABLE] available
 Submitted by Yannick Defais on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 01:01
Hello everyone,
This is the first update of the 4.0.0 stable release. It deals exclusively with bug fixing. The most important change is fixing ALL known crashes and freezes, especially the long-standing freeze on quit on Windows. Add to this making H.323 with gatekeeper functional again, two registration fixes, and numerous other fixes here and there. There is also a security fix. We encourage everyone to upgrade to this latest greatest version of ekiga. The next release will be 4.0.2 or 4.2.0, targetted mainly at replacing obsolete technologies and fixing remaining registration and communication issues. After 4.2.0, we will switch to using v12 of ptlib/opal underlying libraries and will be able to provide the much-awaited communication encryption and IPv6 support.

At is information showing that the latest version available for most Linux stable versions, is 3.2.7, and, for the latest Ubuntu LTS version (10.04) is 3.2.6.

The problems that Greg and I have been encountering, have probably been mostly resolved by the version.

On the web page at which relates to the version of Ekiga that is available for Debian stable (Debian Linux v6.0.x, that I am running, is shown

Package: ekiga (3.2.7-2)


Kilian Krause (QA Page)
Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo (QA Page)
Eugen Dedu (QA Page)
Debian GNOME Maintainers (QA Page, Mail Archive)
Josselin Mouette (QA Page)

who I assume (but I am not certain of my understanding of this) are the maintainers of the specific version of the package, that is available for the particular version of Debian Linux.

So, my question is this; could the package maintainers for the version of Ekiga that is applicable to Debian stable (Debian Linux v6.0.x), please create and make available a Debian package (the applicable .deb file) of the latest stable version of Ekiga, for installation and updating of current installations of the Ekiga 3.2.x package, on the i386 and amd64 architectures? I name those two architectures, as I believe that they are by far the most common architectures, at present.

As far as I am aware, Debian pacxkages (the .deb files) can still be installed on Ubuntu (but, I cannot say that for certain, as it is a while since I have used Ubuntu), and, if that is correct, that should take care of both the Debian and Ubuntu distributions, for people who use the stable versions of each.

The thing is that the version of Ekiga that Greg and I have installed; 3.2.x, is superseded, and, the problems that we are encountering, are probably fixed, in the latest stable version of Ekiga, and, for us to continue to try to run the superseded software, and, report on problems that we encounter with the superseded soiftware, is probably redundant.

I do not know how much work is involved, in creating an installable Debian package that resolves dependencies and conflicts, or, equally, how complicated it is, but, I believe that the package maintainers would better know that, than me, and, would be more able to do that, than I would be able to instal software from source or from binaries.

Thank you in anticipation.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams,
  published by Pan Books, 1992

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