Re: [Ekiga-list] newbie

Hi Eugen,

thanks! Yes, we are using something similar to the link you gave.

Still it is oddly frustrating that there is no open source
solution. The H.323 standard is a 20-year old open standard, and there
seem to have been various projects that are all abandoned. I might yet
try to resurrect one of them, if I have time!

Thanks for the information. -- Peter

Eugen Dedu wrote:


Ekiga is not ready for H323, unfortunately.  I tried it once with an 
H323 equipment in France and it did not work.  There are still bugs 
which make it unusable.

French researchers have access to a very easy to use videoconferencing 
system,  You have access when they 
invite you for a given videoconference.  You just need a browser, no 
need of plugins.  I regularly use it and it works pretty well.

Kind regards,

On 17/09/2019 15:30, selinger mathstat dal ca wrote:
Hi Bret,

thanks for your reply. Of course I am already a Skype user. But I am
specifically interested in finding some open source software that can
connect to existing H.323 teleconferencing equipment.

Occasionally someone requires this. For example, this week I must
participate remotely in a Ph.D. defense in France and the use of Skype
has been specifically forbidden. (Maybe for ideological reasons, as
you say, or more likely, because it is unreliable enough that people
usually spend most of their time worrying about resuming dropped
calls, rather than getting on with the meeting).  In that situation, I
usually have to use some proprietary Cisco client, but if a Linux
solution exists, that would be great.

There seem to exist some H.323 libraries, such as H323Plus, but I
cannot find any working software that actually uses those libraries.

It is not a problem for me to use software that is no longer being
actively developed. If it worked in 2012, it must in principle still
work now. So if there is some way to get Ekiga, or something similar,
to work, I would not mind using it.

Thanks, -- Peter

Bret Busby via ekiga-list wrote:

On 17/09/2019, selinger mathstat dal ca <selinger mathstat dal ca> wrote:

this is a newbie question. I am trying to install Ekiga on an Ubuntu
19.04 system. I ran into several problems:

* there doesn't seem to be an ekiga package in Ubuntu 19.04. At any
   rate, "apt install ekiga" said there was no such package.

* I downloaded the sources. "configure" complained about a missing
   Boost library, so I installed it with "apt install libboost-dev".
   Now I get the following:

checking for boostlib >= 1.34... yes
checking whether the Boost::Signals library is available... yes
configure: error: Could not find a version of the library!

   Since the previous two answers were "yes", I am not sure what is
   missing on the last line, nor how to install it. I'm not sure what
   "the library" is, if it is not "boostlib >= 1.34" or

Do you have some up-to-date installation instructions? I did check
the wiki at
"";, but it
hasn't been updated since 2013 (the Ubuntu instructions date to 2011).

Or if this project is dead, is there a replacement that you can

Thanks, -- Peter


I believe that you are better not trying to install Ekiga, especcially
as a new user.

No new development is being done, and, Ekiga is no longer fully
supported, insofar as I am aware.

Whilst some people have an ideological objection to it, because it is
now owned and operated by Microsoft, and, also, its functionality has
been progressively reduced, over the years, since Microsoft took it
over, I recommend trying Skype, which is available for Ubuntu Linux,
of which, I currently run UbuntuMATE 16.04 (as my preferred OS) and
18.04; both are LTS versions.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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